Jeremy D. Wells
Carter County Times
If you aren’t planning on resting up this weekend, you should. Because next weekend is full of events on both ends of the county, designed to jump-start the fall holiday season.
Events kick-off on Friday night, October 8, in Olive Hill, with a Trail Town Stage tribute to the music of Tom T. Hall. Tickets for that event, which starts at 7 p.m. will be $8 at the door, or $3 for children 12 and under. The evening will feature tributes to Hall and performances of his songs by Sasha Colette, Beau Lambert, Whistle & Fish, Don Rogers, George Molton, David Carroll (of Hammertowne), and Tony Pence, along with stories and conversations about Hall’s life and impact on country music, songwriting, and the community.
If you go out on Friday, and decide you want to see more from Whistle & Fish or from Sasha Colette, you can catch both on Saturday during the annual “It’s Fall Y’all!” vendor and craft fair in downtown Olive Hill.
Colette goes on at 11 a.m., followed by David Adams at noon, Trio at 1 p.m., and Whistle & Fish at 2 p.m.
In between you can compete in soccer croquet (11:15), a bubble gum blowing contest (11:45), Punkin’ Chunkin’ (noon), the costume contest (12:30), bean bag toss (1:00), pool noodle toss (1:30), speed tic-tac-toe (2:00), and bed races (2:30).
The event runs from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, with winners for the “Guess the Mess” and booth decoration contests announced at 3:30.
In addition to the scheduled events there will be food sales and craft vendors set-up throughout the day, and all-day pumpkin bowling.
This year, for the first time, the Friends of the Carter County Public Library will also host a book sale booth as part of the “It’s Fall Y’all!” festivities.
Over in Grayson they’ll be celebration Funtoberfest from sunrise until after sunset, with Park Street closed from 9 a.m. until midnight and Main Street from 7–10 a.m. between Pomeroy and Landsdowne for the Raider Up 5K Run/ Walk. That event starts with registration at 7 a.m. and the race at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the run go to benefit the East Carter High School football team.
Other activities include Market 474, which will be open with locally produced goods from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Grayson Rotary Club’s Frank-N-Stein Hotdog Sale will be dishing out grub from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Grayson Park Shelter. The FFA will also be selling food along Park Street, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Inflatables will be available any time throughout the day, from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., with the purchase of a $5 wrist band.
Zoomer Animal Rides will also be available from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at $2 for five minutes, with proceeds benefitting Carter Christian Academy.
Other events throughout the day include pumpkin decorating and face painting on the Grayson Tourism lawn, petting zoo on Park Street, and a silent auction and art show at the Grayson Gallery & Art Center. These events all run from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For book lovers, there will be a book signing by “Love Rekindled” author Jordan Smith from 12 – 1 p.m. at the Tourism Cabin. For younger readings there will be free story readings and book giveaways at 1, 1:30, and 2 p.m.
The day also includes KCU’s homecoming game (1:30 p.m.), pet costume contest in City Park at 2:30 p.m., dance performance by Dance with Hope Studios at 3:10 p.m. and a cornhole tournament from 3:30 – 7 p.m.
You can cap the evening off with Trunk or Treating at the Grayson Gallery, 4 – 6 p.m., and the Halloween Extravaganza Light Show at the Grayson Fire Department from 8 – 8:30 p.m. followed by a family movie night.
Funtoberfest sponsors include Cabin Creek Camping & RV, Michelle Wilhoit State Farm Insurance, Wilhoit Law Office, Firstlight Home Care, Dance with Hope Studio, Grayson Gallery & Art Center, Malone Funeral Home, Super 8, Econolodge, Quality Inn, Commercial Bank of Grayson, Pure Country Automotive, Primary Plus, Grayson Sporting Goods, Kentucky Christian University, Jody Mayo at Ross Realty Inc., Don Combs, Griffith, Delaney, Hillman, & Lett CPA, Grayson Creative Community, City National Bank, Hogs Trough, Grayson RECC, Horton Brothers & Brown Pharmacy, Grayson Tourism, Grayson Sanitation, Center for Change, NECCO, Center Stage Studio, Go Radio, Jody Goats at Century 21, Re/ Max Realty Connection, Dr. Shannon L. Smith-Stephens DNP, APRN-BC, PLLC, and Member’s Choice Credit Union.
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