Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Peach Jam at Mulberry Orchard

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 photo IMG_2159_zpswxabajwn.jpgMark your calendar for the second annual Peach Jam to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters in Shelby County! The event will be held Saturday, July 29, at Mulberry Orchard in Shelbyville! 

 photo IMG_2129_zpssacbmn4p.jpg photo IMG_2145_zpsr8rahi3y.jpgCome celebrate the delicious peach harvest and support the kids of Shelby County at the same time. There will be lots of family friendly activities, farm fresh food, music, a wonderful play area and more!

5K RUN/WALK (non-competitive) starts at 8am 
5K registration includes the breakfast and a shirt
The festival goes until 1pm
Register here

(5K registration: $25
If you want to just enjoy the pancake breakfast, it's $7)


Get ready to jam at the Peach Jam!
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Bluegrass Summer Nights

 
The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass will have live bluegrass bands playing this summer as part of their Bluegrass Summer Nights event. Every Thursday from July 13 to August 3 a national or local bluegrass band will play in center court from 6 to 8 pm.

July 13- Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys
July 20- The Michelle Canning Band
July 27- Michael Cleveland and Brian Allen
August 3- The Kevin Prater Band

Sounds like a great time to shop and take in some wonderful tunes!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

4th of July Events in Shelby County

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Shelby County is a great place to celebrate the 4th of July!

Simpsonville's The Boom
Tuesday, July 4
Free Admission & Parking
Location: The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
10am-9pm: Shopping and activities!
10am-10pm: Food, treats and concessions.
11am-2pm: Live Music.
4pm-7pm: Live Music
7pm-Dusk: Pre-show party with DJ!
Dusk: The BOOM (Fireworks)
More info and a complete schedule can be found HERE!


Saturday July 1, 8am-11pm
Clear Creek Park
5K run
3 on 3 Basketball
Live entertainment by New Breed
Inflatables and face painting
T-shirt launcher
Tethered hot air balloon rides

Fireworks show at dusk


Have a fun, safe Fourth of July!

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Blues-End Farm U-Pick Blueberries in Shelbyville

The 2017 picking season is just about ready! (6/5/17)

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My family and I went on the Shelby County Farm Tour one year and came across Blues-End Farm. The farm is owned by Ruth and Doug Welch and is located off Ky Highway 55 and Hooper Station Road.
There are direction on the bottom of their website.

I was so excited to learn that they have u-pick blueberries! 

I just read that the blueberries for this season are just about ready for picking! The berries last year were $2.80/pound. 

Here's a list of the different types of blueberries they grow and when they should be ready for picking. 
Patriot (June 12-25)
Blueray (June 12-22)
Jersey (June 18-July 1)
Bluecrop (June 16-July 1)
Olympia (July 1-July 15)
Read more about each of these types here

Call 889-7018 to set up a time for you and your family to go pick some blueberries!

PS- They also make maple syrup! We purchased some during the farm tour- yum!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Daylily Daze in Finchville!

2017 Daylily Daze will be June 23 & 24 from 10 to 5!

Finchville Daylily Gardens is a great place to purchase locally grown Daylilies. This family business has been running for over 18 years now! They have 600 different varieties of daylilies on 5 acres!

 photo 0627151347_zpscjrpjumy.jpgDuring peak bloom, the garden is open for Daylily Daze. Everyone is invited to come see these beautiful, fragrant flowers. My husband and I stopped by to check it out last year. We were amazed at all the varieties available and how beautiful everything was. We picked out a few to take home for our yard. Not only do they have flowers, but they have several water features as well. They have some tables and chairs set up next to some of the water features that allows you to sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Everyone was very helpful and friendly.

If you have a chance, go and see these beautiful flowers for yourself, and maybe purchase one or two to take home. You can pick up some already potted, or you can fill out an order form and they will dig them up for you to pick up later. We bought one already potted, and my daughters love going out everyday and seeing the new blooms.

 photo 0627151347a_zpsg5iv8bwj.jpg photo 0627151346_zpsqwatsabd.jpgIf you can't stop by, you can shop online and order flowers that will be freshly dug the day of ordering. All the ordering information, including selection and prices, can be found at their online store. There is also a lot of information about how to plant, grow, and care for your daylily.

I love supporting local businesses in Shelby County, and this family business is another great one!





By: Kimberly
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June Family Fun


$1 Summer Movies every Tuesday & Wednesday! Schedule here!

Blue Gables Open House Summer Celebration
June 10, 4-7
Come check out some of the cool new shops and enjoy live music, pony rides, face painting, selfie stations, and more!

Shelby County Fair & Horse Show
June 12-June 17
Shelby County Fairgrounds
(More info coming soon!)

Wump Mucket Puppets
June 14, 11 & 1:00
Shelby County Public Library

Touch a Truck
June 16, 9:30-11:30
FAC Parking Lot
Let the kids get hands on with some of the trucks and equipment seen around town!

Lake Shelby Fish Fry
June 16, 5-7:30

Diana Dinicola: Build a Flamenco Dance
June 21, 11 & 1:00
Shelby County Public Library

Shelby County Fair Horse Show
June 21-June 24
Shelby County Fairgrounds

Great American Backyard Campout
June 24
Finchville Park
$5/person, preregistration required (Call Shelby Co. Parks)
Games, nature programs, hike, craft, campfire, and more!

Barry Mitchell Magic Show
June 28, 11 & 1:00
Shelby County Public Library

Summer Camps!

Library Summer Reading Program info!

Have a wonderful June!
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shelby County Summer Reading Program

 
Build a Better World

It's almost time for the Shelby County Public Library Summer Reading Program 2017!

Sign-ups begin Tuesday, May 30.
The deadline to sign-up is Monday, July 10.
All reading logs are due by Monday, July 24.

  • Children reading board books to picture books must read (or be read to) 15 books.
  • Advanced readers must read 3 chapter books.
  • Middle and high school student must read 2 or more novels.

After signing up for the program you will receive a bag and book log.
When you complete the program you will receive a book and coupons!


Below is a schedule of Summer Reading Program events and activities. You do not have to attend these events to complete the program. You can attend as many or as few as you would like. They're just added fun!
 
Schedule for Children
June 3 Summer Reading Kick-off Party 11-1:00
June 5-10 Scholastic Book Fair
June 14 Wump Mucket Puppets 11 & 1:00 
June 21 Diana Dinicola: Build a Flamenco Dance 11 & 1:00
June 28 Barry Mitchell, Magician 11 & 1:00
July 5 Mark Wood Fun Show 11 & 1:00
July 12 Animal Tales 11 & 1:00
July 20 Jason Lindsey "Hooked on Science" 11 & 1:00
July 26 or 27 Swim Party (Ticket Required) 7:30-9:30pm


Schedule for Tweens & Teens
June 3 Summer Reading Kick-off Party 11-1:00
June 5-10 Scholastic Book Fair
June 14 Wump Mucket Puppets 11 & 1:00
June 16 Game Night Lock In 5:30-8:30 
June 21 Diana Dinicola: Build a Flamenco Dance 11 & 1:00
June 28 Barry Mitchell, Magician 11 & 1:00
June 30 Painting with Teens 5:00-7:00
July 5 Mark Wood Fun Show 11 & 1:00
July 7 Teen Movie 2:00-4:00
July 12 Animal Tales 11 & 1:00
July 20 Jason Lindsey "Hooked on Science" 11 & 1:00
July 30 Swim  Party (ticket required) 6:30-8:30pm

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This information is from the Shelby County Public Library and their Summer Reading Program card. If you have any questions or would like more information you can contact the Shelby County Public Library at 502-633-3803. 
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shelbyville Rocks!

 
Have you seen painted rocks hidden around Shelbyville lately? 

There's a Facebook group called Shelbyville Ky Rocks!!!! Find the link to the group page here.  The group encourages people to paint rocks and then hide them around town for people to find. It's a fun and inexpensive way to have fun and get people outside exploring this great town of ours! If you find a rock you can keep it or hide it for someone else to stumble upon. By joining the Facebook page, you can post pictures of rocks you have found or rocks you have hidden. My daughters love to paint rocks and are so excited to go hide some of their work. We haven't found any rocks yet, but we're on the look out! It's like a big scavenger hunt!

Rocks painted by Faith Ashton and family
There's a few things that the FB page suggests you keep in mind when hiding painted rocks:
  • Keep the safety of the finder in mind
  • Don't put it where it can get mowed over
  • Don't hide in stores
  • Don't hide in baseball fields
  • Don't disturb stores or businesses where rocks are hidden around

Get out and find some rocks!
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Monday, May 8, 2017

Day Out With Thomas- Coupon Code and Information

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All aboard! Thomas the Tank Engine is coming to the Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven, Kentucky! This family friendly event includes a ride with Thomas, a visit with Sir Topham Hatt, an Imagination Station, and other fun Thomas and Friends inspired activities.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. This event sells out frequently so I would suggest having tickets in hand before making the trip. Use the coupon code shelbyfamfun17 for a special $2 off discount! The museum asks that you arrive an hour before your departure time to check in and take pictures.


Event dates: June 3-4 and June 10-11

Click here for tickets or call 866-468-7630




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Friday, May 5, 2017

A Day at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

 
Bath and Body Works opens today at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass!

While you're there, stop by the new Toys R Us outlet shop that opened in early April.

Other great kid stores:
Carters
Osh Kosh B'Gosh
Children's Place
Gymboree
Justice

Lunch at Johnny Rockets (Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday). Did you know that Johnny Rockets is hosting a Slider Eating Contest? Qualifiers is Wednesday, May 10th at 6pm. Contest is Wednesday, May 17th at 6pm. Winner gets a $250 gift card to the mall!

Snack at Great American Cookie Company (Buy one, get one free on Double Doozies every Tuesday). Inside the cookie shop is also an ice cream shop. It's great because there's something for everyone. There's also Auntie Anne's and Ghirardelli's!

Let the kids get some energy out at the play area. It's under covers so they can even play when it's raining (which seems to be everyday lately).

Dinner at Taquiera Tsunamis is always yummy. They have Taquiera Tykes Tuesday and kids eat free!

Also be sure to check out the custom painted horse sculptures. Beautiful!

Follow their events by clicking here!
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May Events around Town

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Here's a few fun family events going on this month in Shelby County!


First Saturday Walk at Clear Creek Park FAC
May 5, 8:30 am
Participants receive free pass to the FAC!

Penelope's Pottery Painting Opens at the Blue Gables!
Stop by May 7, 12-4 or May 13, 10-5 to check them out!

Free Community Cook-Out
May 9th, 5-7 pm
Fred Wiche Park, Simpsonville
Food, fun, and music!

Nerf Wars at Kaleidoscopes
May 13, 5-8 pm
Call 437-2261 to register

Fish Fry at Lake Shelby
May 19, 5:30-7:15

Bagdad Days- May 19 & May 20
Food, auction, 5K, parade, games, and more!
Bagdad Baptist Church
 
Shelby County Farmers' Market
Every Saturday, 8-12
Shelby County Fairgrounds


Summer Reading Program sign-ups begin May 30th!

$1 Summer movies begin May 30 & May 31!

Summer Camps begin! Check out our list here!


*We'll update as soon as we learn when it's strawberry and blueberry picking time!

We will continue to update our list! If you know of any other family friendly events going on this month in Shelby County, please email kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net and we will gladly add them to our list!

Have fun and make May marvelous!
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Best BBQ in Shelby County

Will's Grill, Simpsonville
Tuesday-Saturday 11am-8pm
Carry-out
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Source: www.PureSouthernBBQ.com
Will's Grill is located in Simpsonville. It is locally owned and operated. My husband and I have picked up food here several times. We usually get the pulled pork plate that comes with two sides and a drink. They give you a VERY generous amount of meat, and it is delicious! I highly recommend the potato salad as well. Will's Grill is also a food truck, and continues to offer on site event service and catering.  If you're in the Simpsonville area, you must check this place out!

Ken Tex BBQ, Shelbyville
Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Sunday 11am-8pm
Ken Tex is a small restaurant not too far from I-64. I had driven past it several times without even knowing it existed until a friend of mine told me about it. Despite the size, there is an area to eat inside. I thought the food was good, and the prices were comparable to other BBQ places I've been to. I liked that they had a kids menu.

Fire Fresh BBQ, Shelbyville
Monday-Thursday 11am-8pm
Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm
Sunday 11:30-8pm
Fire Fresh is one of my daughter's favorite restaurants. Besides the fireman decor, she likes that she gets to color a picture and then hang it on the restaurant wall before she leaves. They have a kids menu, and kids eat free on Tuesdays with purchase of adult entree! I like the variety of sides that Fire Fresh offers, and everything I've tried has been good. Fire Fresh also offers catering.


If you're traveling through the state and in the mood for BBQ, check out Kentucky Family Fun's list of Best BBQ places in Kentucky.



If you know of any other delicious BBQ places in Shelby County, PLEASE email kimberly@louisvillefamilyfun.net. I'm always looking to try new places ;)



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