Party Like It’s 1799 At Pioneer Days
Festival Aug. 16–Aug. 18 At Old Fort Harrod State Park
Once again it’s time to party like a pioneer. Pioneer Days runs Friday, Aug. 16, to Sunday, Aug. 18, at Old Fort Harrod State Park.
The festival is put on by the park, the Friends of Fort Harrod and the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce. Jill Cutler, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, called the festival a labor of love.
“It is so exciting to hear how many folks tell me daily how much they love Pioneer Days,” Cutler said. “It means so much to them—it makes us proud to continue what our community members want and love.”
In addition to three days of live music by six bands and pizza, pie and watermelon eating contests, there will be vendors selling primitive decor, jewelry, cosmetics, candles, local honey and food, T-shirts, license plates and baskets. There will also be an air conditioned video trailer as well as games, food and crafts.
What follows is a schedule for all three days of the festival, listed according to time, event name and location.
Pioneer Days Schedule
Friday Aug. 16
5 p.m.—Opening ceremony by Friends of the Fort
5:30 p.m.—Pet show by Critters Without Litters
6–8 p.m.—Live music by Andrea And The Guys on main stage
8:30–10:30 p.m.—Live music by The Hiding on main stage
Saturday, Aug. 17
9 a.m.—Amazing Race registration at info booth
10 a.m–noon. Harrodsburg Cloggers.
10 a.m.–1 p.m.—Amazing Race sponsored by Kiwanis Club
10 a.m.–2 p.m. Big Jack Pearson Memorial Carshow by Central Kentucky Hotrodders
11 a.m.–5 p.m.—Children’s games and Pioneer Olympics by Pioneer Baptist Church
Noon–3 p.m.—Live music by Catfish Alley on main stage
12:45–1:15 p.m.—Eating contest sign-ups
1:30 p.m.—Pizza eating contest sponsored by Papa John’s
1:30 p.m.—Pie eating contest sponsored by Kroger
3:30 p.m.—Watermelon eating contest sponsored by Save-A-Lot
3:30–5:30 p.m.—Live music by Chris Linton on main stage
4 p.m.—Seed spitting contest
6–8 p.m.—Live music by Feral Cats on main stage
8:30–10:30 p.m.—Live music by Night Flyer (an Eagles cover band) on main stage
10 p.m.—Street Dancing
Sunday, Aug. 18
10:30 a.m.—Morning devotional service by Harrodsburg United Methodist Church
1-3 p.m.—Live music by Larry Sanders and the Borderline Band on main stage
4 p.m.—Close of festival
The Pioneer Days Festival starts 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, and closes 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 18, at Old Fort Harrod State Park (100 South College Street). For more information, call 734-3314 or parks.ky.gov/parks/recreationparks/fort-harrod or mercerchamber.com/list/member/pioneer-days-250.
The “Big” Jack Pearson Memorial Car Show, presented by Central Kentucky Hotrodders, happens on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 734-2364. For the full schedule, check out the ad in next week’s issue or visit the Pioneer Days of Mercer County Kentucky Facebook page.
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