Friday, November 23, 2018

Shelby County Holiday Events

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

See 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, October 24, 2018

Simpsonville Winter Basketball and Cheer

The City of Simpsonville Parks and Recreations department offers youth basketball and cheer throughout winter. 

A great opportunity for Shelby County kids to be active this winter!
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Pre-K to 7th Grade
$75 - uniform included
Weekly practice
Season starts 12/3 and ends in February
You must register by 11/27/18

Pre-K to 4th Grade
$75 - uniform included
Weekly practice and halftime performances at games
Season starts 12/3 and ends in February
You must register by 11/27/18

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Weekend Fun for Shelby County Families

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Here are some fun ideas for October 19-21

There's an indoor farmer's market at Bourbon Kitchen on Saturday, click here for details.

Trunk or treat at First Christian Church of Shelbyville, Saturday 2-4pm. Click here

Check out the Simpsonville Farmer's Market - open Saturday 9am -1pm.

On Saturday there's a Family Fun Fest at Shelbyville Wesleyan Church from 4-6pm. Free! Check out what fun they will have by clicking here

Free pancake breakfast on Sunday at the Stratton Center! Meet some candidates and enjoy some pancakes. Starts at 11am. 

Want to go pumpkin picking? Check out this list!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Halloween Events in Shelby County

Here is a list of some Shelby County Halloween events for families.

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Halloween is a fun time for children and parents! 

Waddy Fire Dept Community Children's Halloween Party
at the Waddy Fire Dept
October 13, 6-8 pm
Trick or treat, games, food, and more!
Dress in costume if you'd like, costume judging takes place at 7 pm.

Trunk or Treat 
First Christian Church of Shelbyville
October 20, 2-4pm
Lots of activities for the kids

Halloween Walk with the Animals
Salato Wildlife Center (Frankfort)
October 27, 12 - 4 pm

Halloween Festival at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
October 27, 3 - 5 pm
For children 12 and under, accompanied by a supervising adult. Enjoy face painting, balloon art, games, photo op & more! While supplies last.

Trunk or Treat at Shelby Christian Church
October 31 6-8 pm in their parking lot

Trunk or Treat at Shelbyville First Baptist 
October 31 6:30-8:30 pm

Black Orchard Haunted House at Red Orchard Park
Various dates and times.

Don't forget to check out our list of Halloween events in Louisville

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

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Summer Send Off - Labor Day Event

Want to go to camp on Labor Day? 

 photo IMG_3256_zpsgeza52gm.jpgThe Summer Send Off with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana will bring families together for camp fun on Labor Day. The event is September 3 from 10am-4pm at Camp Hi Ho and includes a long list of activities! This event is presented by McDonald's of Kentuckiana.

Camp Hi Ho is less than 20 minutes from Shelbyville!

This event has raised enough funds to cover hundreds of overnight stays for families needing services through RMHCK. Your family fun and time together on Labor Day at this event will keep families close when they need it most, thanks to RMHCK. 
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  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Paddle boats
  • Water trampoline
  • Horseback riding
  • Giant slip-n-slide
  • Zip line
  • Tree forts
  • Swimming
  • Classic camp games
  • FREE Shirt and tie-dying
  • Lunch
  • & more!

This event is for the entire family!  $25 per person includes lunch and all of the activities (you choose where you want to spend your time).  Guests 2 and under admitted for free.
This is not a drop-off event, parents stay and it's a family event.

Don't miss this fun Labor Day event!

Camp Hi-Ho
5915 Aiken Road
Louisville, KY 40245

Here are photos from past events:

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Monday, July 16, 2018

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 21, at Mulberry Orchard in Shelbyville! 

 photo IMG_2129_zpssacbmn4p.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!

Thank you Planet Fitness Shelbyville for your generous donation! Each registered runner will receive a complimentary 30 day membership to Planet Fitness! This is valid at any Louisville area club, including Frankfort and Shelbyville! register today!!

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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)

Get ready to jam at the Peach Jam!

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Lake Shelby Fish Fry

Love our Lake Shelby and love good food with friends? There are just a few dates left for the Lake Shelby Fish Fry.  photo lake shelby fish fry_zpsxodjloyj.png

July 20
August 17
September 21

5pm each night!
$10 plate: Dinners include: fish sandwich, potato wedges, hush puppies, cole slaw, drink & ice cream!

View of Lake Shelby......FREE!
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

4th of July Events in Shelby County

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

July 4
Free Admission & Parking
Location: The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass 
10am: Gates Open
10am-9pm: Shop the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass
10am-10pm: Food, treats and concessions
6-9pm: Face painting, balloon twisting & games
7pm: Family Wagon Parade
6-9pm: Retro Show! Playing hits from the 80's & 90's! (Shoppes fireplace)
9:30pm: DJ BOOM's Pre-show dance party & giveaways (Parking Lot)
Dusk: The BOOM! (Fireworks)

More info and a complete schedule can be found HERE!
Race time 8a at Clear Creek Family Activity Center!

2383 and Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks & Recreation. Live music by New Breed at 6:30pm, kids zone with inflatables, face painting & games/activities! $3 per person!

Have a fun, safe Fourth of July!

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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Shelby County Summer Reading Program

Libraries Rock

It's almost time for the Shelby County Public Library Summer Reading Program 2018!

 photo shelby summer reading_zpshcqwih3e.pngClick here to find the Shelby County Library newsletter and scroll down to third page that has the summer reading information.

Head to the library to sign up and get information. Kids must be registered by July 9th and submit their log by July 23.

The theme this year is Libraries ROCK! There are some special programs planned, see the events listed on the graphic. 

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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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Shelby County Summer Pop-Up Library

 photo shelby pop up library_zpseasyluex.jpgThe Shelby County library has something special planned for summer to make sure families all over the county are reading!

They are taking the bookmobile all over the county so that folks that don't visit the library much can learn from a library all that the library has to offer. If you are a regular at the library, this is still great for you because maybe you haven't had the chance to talk to a librarian and really dive into all of the services. You can!

In June from 5:30-7pm, the bookmobile will be set up outside of these locations. Mark your calendar for the one closest to you:

JUNE 7: BAGDAD - Ruritan Club
JUNE 14: FINCHVILLE – Finchville Park
JUNE 21: SIMPSONVILLE – Fred Wiche Park
JUNE 28: WADDY – Baptist Church

During these events, they will have lot of information about progams and if you don't have a library card, you can sign up for one at the event. They have freebies for the first 75 people and they will also draw a door prize at each location - a $25 gift card to Kroger. 

Enjoy the library this summer!
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

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. This event sells out frequently so I would suggest having tickets in hand before making the trip. Use the coupon code shelbyfamfun18 for a special $2 off discount! The museum asks that you arrive an hour before your departure time to check in and take pictures.

Kids under the age of 2 - free tickets!

Event dates: June 2-3 and June 9-10

Click here for tickets or call 866-468-7630

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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, April 30, 2018

Simpsonville Farmers' Market

 photo simpsonville farmer market_zpsphob69rq.pngThe Simpsonville Farmers' Market will be hosting their grand opening on May 12 from 9am to noon at Wiche Pavilion. The pavilion is at the park on Old Veechdale Road.

The grand opening will kick off a wonderful farmers' market season and is great for families. At the grand opening, they will have pony rides for the kids and various music entertainers.

The market will be open through October 27 every Wednesday from 6-8pm and Saturday from 9am-1pm featuring farm fresh food, meat, dairy, produce, floral, crafts & more!
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Healthy Kids Running Series in Shelbyville

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The Healthy Kids Running Series is a five (5) week running program in the spring and fall for kids from Pre-K to 8th grade. Each Race Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50 & 75 yard dashes, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run. Kids compete each week of the Series for a chance to earn points. At the end of the Series the top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division receive a trophy. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run because all participants receive a medal and gift bag for their achievements courtesy of our sponsors!

 photo kids running_zpsrw0y1chs.jpgDates: Sundays - April 15th, 22nd, 29th and May 6th and 13th

The $35 registration fee covers the entire five (5) weeks of the series and is non-refundable.

Photo from: Healthy Kids Running
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Easter Egg Hunts around Shelby County

 Here's a list of some fun Easter egg hunts and events around town - for parents and kids!

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Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
March 24 at the Family Activity Center
See times, registration details at this link. It is less expensive if you register in advance!

INDOOR Easter Egg Hunt
March 24th at Centenary UMC at 2pm.

Easter Egg Roll in Frankfort
March 31, 10am - noon at 115 W. Main St in Frankfort (previously scheduled for 3/24)
It's free - LOTS of activities. See the link for full details so you don't miss a thing.

FYFL Easter Egg Hunt in Frankfort
March 25, 2:30-4:30pm at Capital View Park (previously scheduled for 3/24)
Additional activities and refreshments.

Finchville Baptist Church is hosting an egg hunt March 31st 10am-2:30 at Finchville Park.
Egg hunts for all ages to include adults.
Bounce house, horse rides, free lunch. Great prizes and per show.

Bunny Day
March 31 10am-2pm at Red Orchard Park. Egg hunt will take place at 10:15am.
Egg hunt, arts and crafts, visit from the bunny, & more!

Faith Pointe Church Easter event (709 Mt. Eden Road)
March 31 11am.
Games, prizes, candy!

Bethesda Church of Good
March 31 at noon
Food, prizes, games

Have a 'hoppy' Easter!

Know of another event that is not listed? Email
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Star Family Circus

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The circus is coming to town! 

The Star Family Circus will return to Shelbyville on March 11th.

We confirmed this date via the fairgrounds website but there is no other information online. Here are the details from previous years. If we find new info for this year, we will update this post:

They will perform at the Shelby County Fairgrounds Building at 3:00 and 6:00. 

$12 for Adults
$6 for Students (13-17) 
Children (12 and under) are FREE!

My family has attended the Star Family Circus the last two years and had a blast each time. In the past they allow children to watch from the floor right outside the ring. My children loved being so close to the performers. They have all the great circus acts- jugglers, clowns, aerialists, dogs, acrobats, and even had motorcycle daredevils last year that put on a great show. They have reasonably priced refreshments for purchase as well.

It's a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sport Programs with Simpsonville Parks and Recreation

 photo unnamed_zpsuvng73xw.jpgSimpsonville Parks and Recreation offers a variety of sports programs for kids of all ages and abilities.

Coming up, they are offering:
Basketball for pre-K through 7th grade
Preschool sports sampler - looks great!
Spring Soccer
Tee Ball
Baseball (coach pitch and player pitch)

Fees range from $50 to $70 depending on the program.

The programs rolls out February through May so explore their website to check all of the details about ages, dates, times and more.

Here is a link to their website and if you scroll down, it has each program listed.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

100 Things I Love About Shelby County!

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In honor of our a new year, we decided to make a list of 100 things I love about Shelby County! There are many, many more things I love about this town, but these quickly came to mind!

The friendly folks!
Great police and fire service!
The way the community comes together to help others!
The Shelbyville Horse Show jubilee and Shelbyville Horse Show!
The Shelby County Fair!
Enjoying the fish frys, camping, and renting paddle boats at  Lake Shelby.
Great teachers at SCPS
The new playground at Clear Creek Park- can't wait to see the next phase!
The indoor playground- Kaleidoscopes on Main Street.
$1 summer movies at the Shelbyville theater!
Letting the kids explore the play pods on the Adventure Trail at Red Orchard Park
The dog park at Red Orchard!
Alpaca tours!
Time-saving with Kroger clicklist
The many places to get fit.
The Kids Eat Free options around town.
Light the Night at Mulberry Orchard!
The Lots 4 Tots consignment sell at the Fairgrounds.
Tomatoes from Ambrosia Farm!
Getting creative at Penelope's Pottery
The car cruises and street parades throughout the year!
U-Pick Strawberries
Shaved Ice from Tropical Snow!
All the 5Ks that are run throughout the year.
Swimming at the Family Activity Center. We love the slides.
Picking strawberries at Gallrein in May!
The different farms that allow for horseback riding and lessons.
Admiring the beautiful daylilies at Finchville Daylily Garden's Daylily Daze in the summer!
The Rooted in Shelby Program!
The Miller Outdoor Education Center
Family Night at Baskin Robbins.
Doughnut dates at Donut Express.
Playing a game of tennis or basketball at Clear Creek Park
Walking the new Clear Creek Greenway trail.
The great gals I've met at the local Mops group.
Getting a group together and play soccer at Finchville Park.
The skate park in Shelbyville.
The Shelbyville Fountain.
Fun at Simpsonville Park.
Family Movie Days at the library.
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Lake Shelby
The unique classes that the classes the library offers
Ms. Sara Beth and story hour at the library!
Discovery Gym- for school and/or gymnastics.
The annual princess and pirate  tea party at the library.
Awesome programs- Simponville Parks & Rec. & Shelbyville Parks.
The library book mobile.
The Fireman's Fall Bonanza was a blast
The Shelby County Fair
Coffee from 6th and Main!
Buying veggies to plant from Hilltop
Marilyn's Song Garden!
The summer reading program at the Shelby County Public Library.
Enjoying shows at the Shelby County Community Theater!
The Christmas Tree Farm that opened up!
Starbucks....nothing bad about coffee!
The American Saddlebred Horse Farm tour.
The Shelbyville History Museum.
The gas is usually always cheaper than Louisville!
The annual Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour!
Collecting Easter Eggs and visiting with the Easter Bunny at Red Orchard Park.
Love having fun at the Spring Festival & Craft Show at Mulberry Orchard.
The Trims and Whims Craft Show.
Tractor Pulls!
First Saturday Walk Abouts!
Tastes and Tunes!
U-Pick blueberries.....yum
6th Street Live!
The recycling center- great for all those holiday boxes I had!
Learning about recycling and our environment at Red Orchard Park's Earth Day Celebration.
 photo eec69165-2e7a-4c63-a9bf-c1460760fa3d_zpsqpr1jzp7.jpgSimpsonville's Red, White, and Boom celebration.
The Simpsonville Fall Festival, including the parade.
Welcoming Fall with the Finchville Festival.
The Waddy Labor Day parade.
All the informative and fun events at the Shelby County Extension Office!
Watching Santa come down Main Street at the Christmas Parade in December.
Watching Simpsonville and Shelbyville light up for the holidays.
All the yummy and local finds at Shelby County Farmer's Market.
Listening to the tunes at one of Shelbyville's downtown concerts this summer.
The US 60 yard sale
Adult winter read at the library.
Lots of outdoor fun and places to play
Will's Grill BBQ....yum!
Treats from Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen!
Unique shops like Woodworking maniac
Science Hill!
Such a caring community with so many ways to give back
Deals during the week at Hometown Pizza!
All the beautiful farms and animals you pass while driving around the outskirts of town.
Date night fun at Jeptha Creed
Weekly music at Talon Winery on Saturday evenings.
Gallrein Farm's- the petting zoo, the delicious deli, the green houses, and the Fall Fun!
Mulberry Orchard- the playground, Fall Fun, the apples and peaches, and their yummy kitchen!
Fishing at Guist Creek
Special events at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass during the summer.
Walking down Main Street and browsing the unique shops.
Having some coffee (ice cream for the kids) at Harvest Coffee & Cafe.
Playing with the chicks at Metzger's County Store or Rural King.
The deals at Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass.
Mulberry Orchard peaches and apples
Pumpkin picking!
My family loves Taqueria Tsunami (at the outlet)!
Mexican Food is my favorite- lots of choices around!
Bellhouse Restaurant and Old Stone Inn are great!

It's a wonderful place to raise a family!

OK...that may be more than 100...........

What do YOU love about Shelby County?

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