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Town & Country Day

Oldham County to celebrate
rural heritage, local products

Homemakers to hold annual
plant sale during the event

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

LA GRANGE, Ky. (May 2010) – For the last seven years, homemakers in Oldham County have held an annual plant sale, which they have chosen to expand by inclusion in a relatively new event, Town & Country Day. The Oldham County Homemakers clubs are all about learning and sharing what they know.

Farm life

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Families get a hands-on view of
farm life at Town & Country Day.

Rae Ann Roley has been a club member for 25 years and in that time expanded her knowledge on a variety of useful topics. Roley is president of the Morning Glory Homemakers club. In an effort to share with others, “We hold a lot of public classes,” she said.
All of our members enjoy participating in the annual plant sale, said Roley. “All proceeds fund community projects.”
The homemakers give away two scholarships each year. The plant sale has “allowed us to expand the base for our scholarships,” she said. It also allows them to provide sponsorship to 4-H camp and fund teachers for public classes.
“We are an all-volunteer organization,” said Roley. “One hundred percent of proceeds are put back into the programs.”
The homemakers will have “a wonderful variety of plants for sale at Town & Country Day,” Roley said. Selections will include annuals and perennials, vegetable plants, herbs, flowering bulbs, and trees and shrubs from Jules Klein Nursery in Crestwood.
Most of the perennials are started from seed, dug from members’ gardens and labeled. Having members on hand is a bonus because they can tell buyers where and how to plant their purchases, since they were dug from members’ own gardens, said Roley, who is a Master Gardener. Members of the Master Gardeners Association will be available to answer general gardening questions.
In addition to the wealth of plant knowledge, “Town & Country Day allows people to learn about our rural heritage and their farm neighbors in Oldham County,” said Traci Missun, County Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources for the Oldham County Cooperative Extension Service. “It’s a free event that offers fun and educational activities for both kids and adults.”
Town & Country Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 8 at the Oldham County Fairgrounds, 2401 W. Hwy. 146 in La Grange. The event will feature a Homemakers Plant Sale, pony rides, Farmers Market vendors, horse-drawn wagon rides, horse show, 4-H kid’s games, Antique Iron Club tractor display, dog agility, spinning, beekeeping, Kentucky Kate milk cow, livestock and poultry, food preservation techniques, Ask A Master Gardener, natural horsemanship demonstration and food vendors, including the Oldham County Cattlemen’s Association.
Missun said Oldham County is unique because it is equally split between farmland and residential areas. But she added, “Many people who work out of the county may not realize the services offered by the Extension Service that could help with their homes and farms. I feel this event helps advertise our services to new audiences.”
Joyce McKinney, co-chairperson of the event, said that even though it was “very well attended last year, some people have never heard about it.”
Town & Country Day “is fun for the whole family,” said McKinney. With so many offerings, “the event gets better every year.”
A new attraction for this year’s event is a horse show, sponsored by the Oldham County Saddle Club. Sarah Garner, originator of the saddle club, was a spectator at last year’s Town & Country Day. “Our goal is to keep the competition fun and learn more about Oldham County,” she said.
The 11 a.m. horse show is for all ages and all skill levels. Prizes will be awarded for first through fourth place winners in the form of ribbons and jackpots for a few of the classes which include English, Western and Game.
Jessica Wuchterl will be the judge for the horse show. In addition to competing on the hunter circuit, Wuchterl has worked as brood mare manager for Moserwood Farm in Prospect.
“Town & Country Day is a nice opportunity to spend time in a relaxed setting and chat with other folks,” Missun said. “We live life too fast nowadays and events like this help us slow down a bit.”

• For more information on the Horse Show, visit: www.OldhamCountySaddleClub.com. For more information on Town & Country Day, call the Oldham County Extension office at (502) 222-9453. Patrons may want to bring chairs, as there is limited bleacher seating.

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