Re-enactment, festivals, pets highlight weekend

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Shelby County's busiest weekend of the fall

By The Staff

If you’re looking for something to do, Shelby County has a full lineup of activities in what is the busiest weekend of the fall.

From historical re-enactments and lectures to parades and festivals to celebrating pets and commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9-11, there are three days of activities all over the county.

The annual commemoration of the Long Run Massacre and Floyd’s Defeat, presented by the Painted Stone Settlers already began for students today and continues through Sunday at Red Orchard Park.

Also on the lineup of major events is:

§       Simpsonville’s Fall Festival, which is Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day is highlighted by a parade at 1 p.m. along U.S. 60, but the event also features Purnell’s sausage breakfast, 5K walk and run, silent auctions and raffles, Little Mister and Miss pageant, parade, food, music, games and rides.

§       Lifebridge for Animals’ third annual mutt show and rover run is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds. There will be a mutt show, motorcycle ride and show, antique and modern-day Ford car show, humane education, rescue groups, silent auction, children’s activities and more. Admission is free.

§               Church of the Annunciation and Saint John summer festival is 5-10 p.m. today and 4-10 p.m. Saturday. Events include food, music, bingo, game booths, 50/50, cold drinks, inflatables, a large silent auction and yard sale.

§               The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce’s 25th annual Taste & Tunes is Monday at the Shelby County Fair Grounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the event runs until 8 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults and children 10 and under are free with a donation to the Backpack program.

The largest of all of these events is the Long Run re-enactment, which celebrates and depicts the 20-mile journey west of the inhabitants of Squire Boone’s Painted Stone Station in September 1781.

There is a live outdoor drama at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, along with various demonstrations of heritage skills such as fire starting, spinning, firearms, blacksmithing, and an entire campsite showcasing the lifestyle of settlers and Native Americans who lived along the Kentucky frontier in 1781.   

Saturday’s lineup includes Kentucky authors of all historical periods such as Lynwood Montell (Tales from Kentucky Funeral Homes), Susan B. Dyer (Lincoln’s Advocate), local historian Gen. Ronald Van Stockum (Squire Boone and Nicholas Meriwether:  Kentucky Pioneers), Fred Gross (Child of the Holocaust), Ron Elliott (Inside the Beverly Hills Supper Club Fire), and Kentucky’s favorite storyteller, Byron Crawford (Kentucky Footnotes).

A special guest for the day will be Vince Akers, the official historian of the Long Run Massacre. Akers has spent years tracing the paths of the Painted Stone Settlers. He will speak at noon on Saturday.

On Sunday, a special tribute to the heroes and survivors of 9-11 will be provided by members of the SAR Isaac Shelby Chapter.