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Remember The Tankers This Weekend

Weekender Oct. 31-Nov. 7

The 2112th Transportation Company, Kentucky National Guard, marching in last year’s parade.

Robert Moore

Herald Staff

The big event this week is the Memorial Ruck March and Parade honoring the Harrodsburg Tankers, which is hosted by the 103rd Brigade Support Battalion, Kentucky National Guard, and the City of Harrodsburg.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Old Fort Harrod State Park (100 South College Street).

A 10K Ruck March and a 5K Run will start at 9:30 a.m. The parade down Main Street is slated to start at 12:30 p.m.

The event will happen rain or shine.


  Live music at Lemons Mill Brewery (166 Marimon Avenue). Thursday, Oct. 31, 7–10 p.m. Food by Paradise BBQ. (859) 265-0872 or Facebook—Lemons Mill Brewery.

• Haunted Frontier at Old Fort Harrod State Park (100 South College Street). Colonial-era scare fest continues through Thursday, Oct. 31, through Saturday, Nov. 1, starting at 7 p.m. 734-3314 or

• Snuggleween at Terrapin Hill Farm (3696 Mackville Road). Three day Festival and Halloween party featuring Rumpke Mountain Boys and other acts. Starting Thursday, Oct. 31, at noon through Sunday, Nov. 3, at 5 p.m. Tickets: $40–$65 in advance. Kids 12 and under free.


• Trivia Night at Kentucky Fudge Company (225 South Main Street). Friday, Nov. 1, starts at 7:30 p.m. 733-0088 or Facebook—kentuckyfudgecompany.

• Fall Festival at Burgin Independent School (440 East Main Street, Burgin). Friday, Nov. 1. Chili supper starts at 5 p.m. Festival starts at 6 p.m. Erica Sexton, 748-5282.

• Field of Horror at Devine’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch (623 Talmage-Mayo Road). Friday, Nov. 1, and Saturday, Nov. 2, starting at dark (approximately 7:30 p.m.) Admission price the same as regular Admission: $10 for 13 years and up, $8 for children 5-12 and free for children 4 years and under. No flashlights allowed. 859-613-5066 or


• Memorial Ruck March and Parade honoring the Harrodsburg Tankers at Old Fort Harrod State Park (100 South College Street). Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Opening ceremony at 9 a.m., 10K Ruck March/5K Run at 9:30 a.m., parade down Main Street at 12:30 p.m. or 734-6811.

• Pickers and Grinners at Kentucky Fudge Company (225 South Main Street). Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.–noon. 733-0088 or Facebook—kentuckyfudgecompany.

• Cobwebber Brooms at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (3501 Lexington Road). Learn the Shaker art of broom making. Saturday, Nov. 2, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. $65 per person, includes all materials, one complimentary admission and voucher for 20-percent off dining at the Trustees’ Table (excluding alcoholic beverages). 1-800-734-5611 or

• Grand Opening of the Studio Annex T (875 Phillips Lane). Saturday, Nov. 2, 1–4 p.m. Small art holiday special. or 734-7731.

• McAfee Jamboree (163 Dunn Lane). Live country music starts 7 p.m. Doors open 6 p.m. $10 (Ages 10 and under free). (859) 265-0962 or Facebook—McAfee Jamboree & Auctions.

• Open mic night at Studio G (223 South Main Street). Saturday, Nov. 2, starting at 7 p.m. Facebook— StudioG.GVP or 734-4394.

Rest of the Week

• Trivia night at Lemons Mill Brewery (166 Marimon Avenue). Tuesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m. (859) 265-0872 or Facebook—Lemons Mill Brewery.

• Veteran’s Appreciation Luncheon at the Willows at Harrodsburg (180 Lucky Man Way). Thursday, Nov. 6, 1–2 p.m. Free and open to community. RSVP Laura at 859-310-2184.

• Author Gurney Norman at Mercer County Public Library (109 West Lexington Street). Thursday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m. or 734-3680.

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1 Comment

  1. Jake on November 3, 2019 at 1:42 am

    In rememberance and in honor of the men that made up the Harrodsburg Tankers there was a parade. I think that was a good idea as far as trying to honor the men that served in the Philippines and fought in WWII. What needed to be done better is making people more familiar with the events that the Tankers went through. My Great Uncle Morgan French was the last surviving member of the Harrodsburg tankers. He passed away 2-24-12.

    In War, he endured what many couldn’t fathom. As a POW he caught malaria and even dug his own grave, preparing for what he thought and knew was a great possibility with the prospect of death. Morgan French along with many other men have great stories that could be told if the facts and events were known, and able to be referenced for their authenticity. I don’t have enough time or room here to type much more, but if the Harrodsburg Herald put together something in the paper that told who the members of the tankers were, providing a short depiction of the men’s character, personality, and background, and then tell the tale of what they encountered, what they endured, and why they did it. That would help people understand and appreciate their sacrifices. Which then may help people to recognize and respect the small parade that was marching down the streets in Harrodsburg, and in memory of the Harrodsburg Tankers. Their memory deserves an extra effort that be given to ensure local people know about them, and are familiar with who they were. Having information available helps to give people some idea of what the men went through. Its important for this younger generation I think because it can help them know about the sacrifices that were made for future generations. Freedom here in the USA wasn’t and isn’t free. Least we forget to honor our local heroes. Past, present, and future. Didn’t they earn it, don’t they deserve it? If we as a society don’t take proper measures in regards to topics like this one that took place back in the 1940’s, and attempt to keep their memory alive, they’ll be forgotten and nobody will know who they were or why there is an Army tank in the middle of Harrodsburg. Their sacrifices weren’t done so they could be remembered abd immortalized, but their sacrifices for damn sure deserve something better than the poorly orchestrated parade that was held.

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