Harrodsburg First Announces 2014 Summer Calendar of Events
The Promotion Committee of Harrodsburg First has put the final touches on the summer schedule of events that will take place in the downtown business district.
Starting on Friday, May 9th, Harrodsburg First will kick off a new event called, “Second Fridays.” On the second Friday of each month from May through August, the downtown district will feature a different musical act, family-friendly activities and a variety of different events.
Executive Director Julie Wagner explains the event concept, “Downtowns across the nation are setting aside a Friday, whether it be a “first Friday” event or a second or even fourth Friday, to draw attention into the district. It gives the community something different to do and allows the businesses to showcase their products and services.”
The first Friday in May will feature a “touch a truck” activity where children can look and climb around various trucks, emergency equipment and similar vehicles. It’s a fun way to introduce children to the safety vehicles in a friendly way and to help them become familiar with our safety officers. Other activities will be added in to make a family friendly atmosphere.
Live music will take place on Main Street and our downtown restaurants will be open for dining and refreshments. Retailers who are open late will have special sales and promotions.
The Second Fridays will take place on Friday, May 9, Friday, June 13, Friday, July 11 and August 8, 2014.
Other Harrodsburg First events planned for the summer season are:
Harrodsburg Ghost Walk (Friday and Saturday evenings) - May 30 - November 1
Classic Car Cruise In – Saturday, May 10
400 Mile Yard Sales on Main Street – June 5 – 8
Classic Car Cruise In – Saturday, August 9
Harrodsburg First participates in
Statewide Preservation Promotion
Harrodsburg First coordinated several group shots to showcase the community's picks for their "Old Kentucky Home" as part of the Kentucky Heritage Council's promotion to kick off Preservation Month in May. For more information, visit http://heritage.ky.gov/
Harrodsburg First hosts State Preservation Office to assess endangered and historic properties
Harrodsburg First hosted Mike Radeke, restoration project manager from the Kentucky Heritage Council to assess several properties in the downtown area, along with some historic barns in Mercer County.
Executive Director, Julie Wagner explains, “We have several properties in Mercer County that are on our radar screen as potential endangered historic assets. We don’t want to lose something of value, if it can be preserved and protected.”
In anticipation of National Preservation Month in May, Harrodsburg First invited the Kentucky Heritage Council for a visit to help us evaluate the condition of several downtown properties that contribute to the historic district, but may need repairs.“Our goal was to have someone with expertise in preservation help us determine which properties in the downtown district are endangered and need to be protected before they are too far gone to save,” said Wagner.
Harrodsburg First received recommendations on how to proceed on several properties downtown, and came up with an idea to nominate some of our rural, historic assets to the National Register of Historic Properties. Wagner has some ‘next steps’ in mind and will be working with other preservation organizations in Mercer County to explore these opportunities.
The Kentucky Heritage Council is the statewide preservation office, which administers the Kentucky Main Street Program. They serve as the point of contact for all preservation and downtown development issues. For more information, visit www.heritage.ky.gov
Smithsonian names Harrodsburg
"20 Best Small Towns" to visit in 2014
Harrodsburg Kentucky has a lot to be proud of, mostly which comes from the years and years of protecting and interpreting our history. The recent announcement by Smithsonian Magazine that Harrodsburg is one of the “20 best small towns to visit in 2014”is a true reflection of the careful protection Harrodsburg has given to historic preservation.
Historic Preservation is a 24-7/365 days a year mentality - one that we must never forget! It is through our long-term efforts to preserve our character and history that pulls accolades like this and others to our community!.
While preservation is the key element, telling our story is a must. Thank you to the Harrodsburg Mercer County Tourist Commission for your investment in telling our story. By your financial commitment toward advertising, attending trade shows and hosting travel writers, you have helped put Harrodsburg Kentucky on the map. Not only did we receive recognition by Smithsonian Magazine, but we also received a story in the Boston Globe!
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