Tuesday, September 27, 2016

2016 Halloween Events in Shelby County

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Halloween is a fun time for children and adults! Here is a list of some Shelby County Halloween events for the kids, families, and even some geared towards adults!

Pumpkin Painting at the Library
October 6, 5-6:30
Must bring your own pumpkin or gourd, paint and brushes provided
Registration required- call 633-3803 today!
Ages 16+

Cornerstone Christian Academy's Fall Festival
October 7, 5:30-8:30
BBQ dinner, vendor booths, kid activities, face painting, photo booth, contests, and more!
Public is welcome

Shelby County Monster Dash 5K
Shelby County Fairgrounds
October 8, 7:30-10 am
Register Today!

Lowe's Build & Grow
Pumpkin fun!
October 8, 10 am

The Highfalutin Vintage & Antique Southern Market
at the Shelby County Fairgrounds
October 15, 9-5 pm
October 16, 11-5 pm
Food trucks, live music, craft beers

Spooks & Sparkles Pageant
at Pretty in Pink Boutique
October 22, 12 pm

Ghost Hunting: Making Contact Through EVP
Library program at the Shelby County Public Library
October 26, 7-8 pm
Register at 633-3803

Shelby Christian Trunk or Treat
October 26, 6-8
Theme: First Responders

Mulberry Orchard's Light the Night
Bonfire & corn maze by flashlight
Dates TBD

Guist Creek Marina Halloween Camping
October 28 and 29
Decorate your campsite, trick or treat around to each one
Contact the marina for more info!

Halloween Walk with the Animals
Salato Wildlife Center (Frankfort)
October 29, Noon - 5 pm

First Christian Church Trunk or Treat
October 29, 2-4
Food, face painting, bounce houses

Howl-O-Ween Party at Tyson's Chance
October 29, 7pm
Shelbyville Country Club (21+, costumes optional, $10 at the door)

Centenary United Methodist Trunk or Treat
October 30, 4-6
Games, food, trick or treating

Love Your Neighbor Event
Shelby Christian
October 31

We know there's lots more fun festivals that will be added as we get closer to Halloween! If you know of any other Halloween themed events in Shelby County, please email kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly update our list! Thanks!

Places that held Halloween events last year that may or may not have an event again this year. We will update with more info when we learn more details:

Village Plaza's Annual Safe Trick or Treat

Trick or Treating at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

Annual Trunk or Treat at Martinrea

Trick or Treat Trail at Red Orchard Park

Halloween-themed Open House at Shelby County Fire Dept.

Froggy's Safe Trick or Treat Street at 6th & Main

Thursday, September 22, 2016

2016 Fall Bucket List

My family just wrote our Fall Bucket List! Below is a list of all the fun things we're excited to do this season!

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Enjoy one of the many Fall Festivals in the area- Simpsonville, Bagdad, Finchville, Southville!

Enjoy the Fall festivities every weekend at Gallrein Farms- giant jump pillow, barrel train ride, pony rides, petting zoo, and more!

Enjoy an afternoon on the farm at Mulberry Orchard- hayride to the pumpkin patch, play on the playground, free cornmaze, and delicious food!

Go camping at Lake Shelby!

Get a Pumpkin Patch Workout in with Stroller Strides at Gallrein Farms- and it's free!

Try to find your way through a dark corn maze at Mulberry Orchard's Light the Night! Enjoy a fun bonfire afterwards! (Dates to be announced later)

Dress like a monster and walk/run the Monster Dash 5K!

Enjoy some sort of pumpkin drink at 6th and Main Coffee!

Do fun Fall crafts with the kids! Carve our pumpkins!

Dress in fun costumes and enjoy some Halloween fun around town (stay tuned, fun list to be published at the beginning of October)!

What's on your family bucket list for Fall?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pumpkin Picking in Shelby County 2016

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It's almost time to pick pumpkins! Shelby County is lucky to have two wonderful farms that have pumpkin patches!

 photo 0924151201_zps854rtmsc.jpgFall fun at Gallrein Farms runs every Saturday and Sunday through October 30th!

Weekend Hours:
Saturdays 10-6
Sundays 12-5

Weekend activities include:
  • Hay rides to the pumpkin patch (2 tickets)
  • Pony rides (5 tickets)
  • Barrel train rides (3 tickets)
  • Jump pillows (4 tickets)
  • Face Painting (2 tickets)
  • Corn maze (3 tickets)
  • Pedal tractors (3 tickets)
  • Bounce house (2 tickets)
  • Pumpkin Craft Table (5 tickets)
  • Petting Zoo (Free)

*Each ticket is $1. You can purchase a bracelet for $12 that would allow for unlimited activities (except for pony rides)! 

Mulberry Orchard has free hayrides to their pumpkin patch on the weekends starting this weekend (September 24) . They also offer a free soybean maze and playground (super slide, swings, tires, tunnels, and more) when opened! While you're there you can pick up some apples (many varieties to pick from), apple cider, fresh fruits/veggies, local products, yummy desserts, and even enjoy a meal!

 photo 1008151211_zpsnckqh4wi.jpgLight the Night events (bonfire and corn maze by flashlight) are great for family fun! We'll update on dates when we learn more. See info from Light the Night 2014 here.

Wednesday-Saturday 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 1 to 5 pm

To check out a list of other pumpkin patches in Kentucky, click here!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Artists Wanted- Public Art Project

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Shelbyville is looking for Kentucky artists to help enhance the downtown area through unique art displays. The Public Art Project is looking for 7-10 pieces that portray "Ways to Play" in Shelbyville. The chosen pieces will be placed on the side of buildings throughout downtown.

Some ideas given, but not limited to, include attending a show at the theatre, playing on the new inclusive playground at Clear Creek Park, the dog park, skate park, horse show, car show, antiquing, dining, shopping, etc. The murals should use distinctive design and color, be suitable for all ages to look at, and not have any copyrighted logos or symbols.

Deadline is September 18 at 4pm. Submissions should include an autobiographical statement, detailed full color sketch of proposed work of art, and detailed concept description. Turn submissions in via email to fred@shelbyvillekentucky.com or mail to:

Public Art Project, Shelbyville City Hall
315 Washington Street
Shelbyville, Ky 40065

Winners will be selected by September 28 and will receive $500 for each winning design.

Click here to get more info, including submission requiredments and deadlines.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour 2016

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The Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is September 17, 2016. From 9 am to 4 pm your family can enjoy 9 farms in Shelby County for FREE! This is a great opportunity for families to get up close with farm animals, farm equipment, watch special demonstrations, and meet the wonderful farmers! There's something for everyone on this farm tour!

On the day of the tour pick up your Farm Passport at one of the following three locations: Shelby County Farmer's Market or Metzger's County Store.

Visit as many farms as you like, for as long as you like! Before you leave each location, have your Farm Passport stamped. Leave your passport at your last location to be entered to win a basket filled with Shelby County and Kentucky Proud products (one entry for each stamp on your passport). They have 2 adult baskets and 1 child's basket that they will draw for!
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The 2016 tour includes these farms/businesses:

1. Carlile Acres
2. Xandadu Farm
3. D&J Farm
4. Ken-Tuck Farms
5. 4H Hands On Experience
6. McCoun Farm
7. Mulberry Orchard
8. Christianburg Farms, Inc.
9. Stormhaven Youth Ranch, Inc.

Helpful Hints:
Wear comfortable and supportive shoes because you may have to walk on uneven or rough surfaces.
No dogs are allowed on the tour.
Bring a cooler to store items you may purchase at some locations.

Did we mention that this tour is free! How awesome is that? There will be food sold at some locations, as well as specialty products for a fee.

My family went on the farm tour last year and loved it! We ran out of time and only visited about 7 of the 10 farms. We got to pet and learn about alpacas, horses, and dairy cows. We learned about honey bees at one farm and how maple syrup was made at another. We enjoyed a nice lunch at Mulberry Orchard, followed by a hay ride around their orchard- we even got to pick a pumpkin! It was a great day, and we can't wait to have more farm fun this year! My girls are looking forward to feeding some pigs this year!

Keep up to date with the farm tour on Facebook- Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour.

Enjoy your family fun down on the farm!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Simpsonville Fall Festival

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The Simpsonville Fall Festival will be September 10, 2016 at Simpsonville Park! 

 Start the day off with a Purnell Country Breakfast from 7am to 10am.
Adults $7
Children $5

Vendor Booths will be open from 9am to 6pm selling a variety of goodies.

Then head over to Bounce Town USA from 10am to 6pm! 
There will be bouncies of all shapes and sizes to please kids of all ages! Bounce all day for $10!

Food will be served at Mayor Eden's Grill form 10:30 to 6pm. 
I heard there's going to be some famous hand-cut potato wedges available that you won't want to miss!

The parade will start at 1pm on Shelbyville Road. 
Come see fire trucks, police, floats, animals, and more!

Re-Discover Play Zone will go on from 2pm to 6pm. 
Children can play in the park or enjoy a game of kickball, tag, or basketball. 
Leave the tablets and cellphones at home and really enjoy all this 'Playful City' has to offer!

There will also be live music!
Silver Wings will play from 2 to 4!
In Tune will play from 4 to 5!
The Habit will play from 5 to 7!

So come out and have a great day of family fun!
More info can be found on their website!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs

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Family Adventure Day at Churchill Downs
Presented by Kroger

Head to Churchill Downs on September 18th for Family Adventure Day! 
Gates open at 11:30!

It's a great time to have some outdoor fun before the cold winter arrives! Bring the whole family out for an  affordable day of races and family fun! Children 12 and under can enjoy over 20 kid friendly activities including pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo, stick horse races, face painting, Mighty Titans obstacle course, Kosair Children's Hospital activities and more! Activities will conclude around 5! 

New this year: 
Sportsdrome Speedway race cars and drivers
Air 60 police helicoptor
Belle of Louisville float

Purchase Advance tickets online for $8. Ticket includes admission to the racetrack and unlimited access to all family adventure day activities! There's a Family Four Pack option as well! For $44 you will get 4 Family Adventure Day tickets, 4 meals from the concession stands located within the Family Adventure Day area, and 2 racing programs! 

A portion of all sales goes to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital!

Go, Baby, Go!