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Harrodsburg, KY 40330-0362
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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 hosts State Preservation Office
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!  



Main Street Program Receives
Certified Status

Harrodsburg First Main Street Program is pleased to announce that the organization has received state certification through the Kentucky Main Street Center.   “Our state certification tells me that we have been measured against some of the best downtown programs across the Commonwealth; and I can proudly say we are competitive with some of the best programs in Kentucky.” said Executive Director Julie Wagner.    

Receiving Kentucky State Certification is vital to ensuring that Harrodsburg First Main Street program is utilizing the Main Street Four Point Approach in such a manner as to provide the services and quality work that downtown Harrodsburg deserves. 

The Kentucky Main Street Center requires that an accredited program follow ten performance standards and meet performance and organization criteria annually.  The ten standards of performance help keep the Main Street movement strong and focused in our efforts to revitalize downtown Harrodsburg.  

“The board and committee members have worked very hard throughout 2013 and into 2014 to keep the program in compliance; I could not be prouder than I am today to learn that our program is once again a top-tier program, standing with some of the best downtowns in the Commonwealth,” said Wagner. 

The mission of Harrodsburg First Main Street Program is to promote, preserve and maintain Harrodsburg and Mercer County's historic assets and economic vitality, with a focus on the downtown central business district.

This is the second consecutive year Harrodsburg First has retained accreditation at both the state and national levels.



Harrodsburg First Submits
Grant for Sidewalks on US 68

Harrodsburg First Main Street Program has submitted a grant for sidewalks on US 68 from Harlow Elementary to US 127, which serves as the gateway into Downtown Harrodsburg.

The project total is $509,100 with $101,820 designated as a local match. If funded, the grant would include new sidewalks, curbing, gutters, 5 wayfinding signs for Harrodsburg and would greatly improve the walkability in and around the neighborhoods that are near Harlow Elementary.

"Anytime we can apply for grant funds for infrastructure improvements, our organization is supportive of my time to complete the applications," said Executive Director Julie Wagner.

Harrodsburg First Main Street Program is the lead organization for all downtown improvements and economic development.

The mission of Harrodsburg First Main Street Program is to promote, preserve and maintain Harrodsburg and Mercer County's historic assets and economic vitality, with a focus on the downtown central business district.



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