Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Holiday Events in Shelby County

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Can you believe it's that time of year again?! Here's our list of Holiday events around town!


See LouisvilleFamilyFun.net for more holiday fun via the Winter Fun page. 


Wakefield-Scearce Galleries Christmas 
Now through the end of the year, beautifully decorated
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

Events at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

Light up Simpsonville
December 3, 6:30
Lights, Santa, Desserts, Hot Chocolate, Performances, Prizes


Gogh Crazy Christmas Cookie Decorating
December 3 & 8 & 19, times vary


Shelby Saddlebred Optimist Holiday Craft Show
December 3 and 4 at the Stratton Center. 

Shelby County Christmas Parade
December 3, 10am
Main Street



December 9, 6:00-8:00
$20 per builder at the door/$15 if preregistered by Dec. 2
All supplies provided. Register in advance!

Cookies and Milk with Santa sponsored by VFW Post 1179 at 619 Main Street.
December 10, noon-3pm, bring your own camera. 
This is free but they will accept new toys to donate to Toys for Tots. 


Shelby County Community Theatre
December 1-11


Have a joyous Holiday Season! 
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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Shelby Christmas Tree Farm & Nursery

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The Shelby Christmas Tree Farm and Nursery is open for reservations and they are selling 100 trees. 

It is located at 175 McDaniels Road in Shelbyville.

They tag 100 trees. You and your family can choose the perfect tree and cut it down yourself! Hand saws are available, and they will assist with cutting if needed.

Read the story of how this Christmas tree farm came to be here!

By appointment only, Saturday December 3 from 9am-5pm.

Follow them on Facebook!


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Thursday, September 1, 2022

Simpsonville Fall Festival

The Simpsonville Fall Festival will be September 10, 2022 at Simpsonville Park (108 Old Veechdale Road)! 

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Purnell Country Breakfast is 8 - 10am. Charity fundraiser in the gym. Sausage, gravy, biscuity, milk/OJ and more. $8 youth/$10 adults. 

Festival runs 9am to 1pm, the Simpsonville Farmer's Market will be open during the same time. 

Vendor Booths will be open from 9am to 1pm selling a variety of goodies. And, it's the grand opening of a new playground at Simpsonville Park. 



Then head over to Bounce Around
There will be bouncies of all shapes and sizes to please kids of all ages! Bounce 9am to 1pm for $10 (Cash only)! 



The parade will start at 10am on Shelbyville Road. 
Come see fire trucks, police, floats, animals, and more! Tell the kids to be ready to catch some candy. 


There will also be DJ music throughout the event.


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

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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour



The Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour is September 17, 2022. 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, Simpsonville Farmer's Market or any participating farm to pick up a map.


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).


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 and water/snacks for along the way. 

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!


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Monday, April 11, 2022

5 Tips for Families Visiting Churchill Downs

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Churchill Downs is such a fun and exciting place to visit- and not just on the first Saturday in May! 

We've compiled a list of 5 Tips for Families Visiting Churchill Downs. 


1. Churchill Downs has Family Adventure Days coming up! Not only will there be live horse racing, but lots of fun kid-friendly activities! There will be inflatables, a petting zoo, stick horse races, face painting, pony rides, and more!

2. Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum while visiting Churchill Downs! Check out these downloadable activities before heading to the museum! When you get there, make sure to look at the back of the Museum Map they hand out to all of their guests. There are fun and tricky trivia questions on the back. Find the answers throughout the museum, and then show it to the front desk for a prize! The museum itself is very kid-friendly with many interactive exhibits! Children under 5 are FREE to the museum!


3. Download the Churchill Downs app for your phone before you go! It helps you map out the nearest restrooms, concession stands, atms, and historical icons at the track. You can skip long lines for food and drinks with Express Pick-up or In-Seat Delivery (certain sections). You can even place bets directly from your phone (iOS). There's so much useful information on the app!


4.  Make sure to visit the Paddock area with the family. There you will get an up close look at the horses and jockeys as they are preparing for their upcoming race. Sometimes the jockeys will will even stop and talk to the kids!


5. During Spring, Summer, and Fall meets children 12 and under are FREE with General Admission pricing! This does not include Derby, Oaks, Downs after Dark, and other select days during the Spring, Summer, and Fall meets. Seating is first come first served, but I have always found great seats!


Note: To participate in Family Adventure Day activities, children over 2 must purchase a ticket.
Go Baby Go! 



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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Summer Camps

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Summer Camps around Shelby County:
Shelbyville Parks and Recreation
Simpsonville Parks and Recreation 
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Gogh Crazy
Shelby County Community Theatre
Discovery Gym
Ariatti Riding Camp
Lettleiki Icelandics 


Looking for overnight camp ideas? Click here!

HUGE guide for Louisville area camps!


If you would like to advertise on this post, please email stephanie@louisvillefamilyfun.net. Thank you!
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Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Shelbyville's Celebration of Lights

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Shelbyville is getting in the holiday spirit! Come out on November 13, 2021 to kick off the holiday season with the Celebration of Lights and the lighting of Shelbyville's official Christmas Tree! 

There will be craft and vendor booths set up along Main Street, choirs singing on the courthouse steps, and a food court area! The shops along Main Street will be open late so you can get started on your holiday shopping! 



Santa will be at Stargazer Plaza from 4-6pm

November 13, 2021

4-8 pm
Main Street, Shelbyville

Stay up to date via their Facebook Event



Here's to a happy holiday season!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Pumpkin Picking in Shelby County

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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 the end of October!

Weekend Fall Hours:
Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm
Sundays 12 - 5 pm





Fall Fun on the weekend. Activities include:
  • Hay rides to the pumpkin patch 
  • Pony rides 
  • Barrel train rides 
  • Jump pillows 
  • Face Painting
  • Corn maze
  • Pedal tractors 
  • Bounce house 
  • Pumpkin Craft Table 
  • Petting Zoo (Free)
  • Straw activities (Free)
  • and more.....see info here.
You need tickets for all of the activities listed that are not free. 
*Each ticket is $1. You can purchase a bracelet for $15 that would allow for unlimited activities (except for pony rides and apple cannon)! 



Mulberry Orchard has free hayrides to their pumpkin patch on the weekends. They also offer a farm park full of fun with a soybean maze, corn play bus, and playground (super slide, swings, tires, tunnels, and more). They have fall fun family passes for $20 for unlimited access in October - see other options on their website. 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.


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Hours:
Tuesdays - Saturday 9 am to 6 pm
Sunday 1 to 5 pm

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



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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Lots 4 Tots Kids Consignment Sale

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Source: Lots4Tots Facebook

The Lots 4 Tots Kids Consignment Sale is coming up in Shelbyville!
Items for sale include Fall & Winter clothes and accessories, toys, cribs & bedding, strollers, swings, and any other clean child related items! 
You can also consign your items and make some money.

September 16th, Thursday          10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

September 17th, Friday             10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

September 18th, Saturday         9:00 a.m-6:00 p.m.       
 Most items will be 1/2 price on the last day.
 
The sale will take place at the Shelby County Fairgrounds, Floral Hall.

Like their page on Facebook to see pictures from this years sale!

Happy Shopping!
Note: 
ALL SALES FINAL



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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Mulberry Orchard

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Mulberry Orchard is a family farm in Shelbyville run by Matt and Amanda Gajdzik. It is located at 1330 Mulberry Pike. They have a market with farm fresh produce such as squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and juicy peaches in the summer. They grow 15 varieties of peaches and 17 varieties of apples! They hope to have u-pick in the future when the trees are more mature. They also sell local honey, eggs, preserves, jellies, freezer chicken and pork, beef jerky, and unique gifts. 


photo IMG_2071_zpsdpmxou4q.jpgMulberry has a covered picnic area where you can enjoy some of the yummy food they have to offer. They sell an array of lunch items and delicious treats like apple cider doughnuts and fried apple/peach pies! The picnic tables are conveniently located near a children's play area that includes a huge slide, swings, large tractor tires, a corn bus, tunnels and lots of room to run. It's a great place to have lunch, relax, and let the kids be kids! You can pay for a family pass that is good for the entire season. 


In the Fall, visitors can enjoy hayrides to the pumpkin patch, corn mazes, and special events.


This family farm in Shelbyville is also the perfect place for an educational school trip or group tour! The fee per student is quite low and a great way to show kids first-hand what happens on a farm.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Valentine's Day in Shelby County

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Here's a list of some fun things to do in Shelby County with your Valentine (or family)


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Gogh Crazy has several events for Valentine's Day from string art to special deals. Check out their Facebook page for events - click here

Order delicious Valentine's Day desserts from Allie Baked. Get your order in quickly! Click here

Seredipity Kandy Kitchen has amazing sweets - if you want something unique for someone special or for the family to enjoy, check them out! Click here

Enjoy a Valentine's Day special from La Cocina de Mama - enchiladas and Chimichurry Steak! Only available Valentine's Day weekend. Click here

The Red Lion has a four course Valentine's Day dinner special. Now, this looks amazing. Click here to see the menu. The will be seating 4-8:30PM, Sunday, February 14th. Call 502-738-3448 for reservations. 

Take the family or your Valentine to get gelato together at Spotz Gelato, it is opening back up!

Need flowers? Pathelen can make sure to put together something lovely. Click here to see their options. 


There are more ideas on LouisvilleFamilyFun.net if you would like to take in a drive-in movie or order some special treats!


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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Fish Fry List for Shelby County

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It's Fish Fry time! We'll update our list as we learn of more throughout the Lenten season. 


Lent for the year 2019 is celebrated/observed from March 6 through April 18. Therefore, most of these Fish Fries will be on Fridays March 8 - April 12 with some variation depending on the church or organization.
Dine in or carry out


Church of the Annunciation (201 Main Street)
4:30-7:30

Finchville Fish Fry at the Finchville Ruritan Club
Typically
5 to 8 pm
Carry outs are available

All Saints (Taylorsville)
Typically
5-7 pm in Parish Hall


There's a great fish fry in Simpsonville also, here's the link for dates and info.

Click here to check out the HUGE fish fry list for Louisville! 


We will update our list throughout the Lenten season!
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