• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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The Midway Farmers’ Market began last Monday, opening the 2016 marketing season. Every Monday, the market will be open for business in the Darlin’ Jean’s parking lot from 3 to 6 p.m. ••• One of Midway’s biggest events will be taking place this month. I am talking about the Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival. The committee has been working hard to make this event another banner year. According to my information, there will be 92 artists participating this year. Of course, there will be plenty of food available, and my favorites are the musical presentations featuring surrounding musical talent. One of the greatest things about this event is that it is the event that represents the community as a whole. It is the Midwegians who make this event what it is. Everybody from Midway and surrounding areas wants to pitch in and Midway College, now Midway University, has provided a backdrop for the Francisco’s Farm Arts Fair that is really second to none, pardon the cliché. During 2011 and 2013, the event was held at Equus Run Vineyards, giving the Francisco’s Farm group an alternative venue until it could be established back in the city of Midway. Kudos to Equus Run owner Cynthia Bohn for helping to keep the festival progressing by giving the festival an excellent venue before the festival came back to the college. The one person who took the Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival to the next level was Marcie Christensen; she made the event into a top 10 arts fair in Kentucky. The event now is in its reformation stages. This year’s event will be another reason for people to come to Midway and enjoy what our small town has to offer. So mark your calendars for Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, and visit the Francisco’s Farm Arts Festival at Midway University. ••• Downtown Midway is usually filled on Derby weekends beginning Friday nights after the Kentucky Oaks has been run. It’s odd but this pattern has prevailed over the last four or five years. So if you plan to eat downtown this weekend, be sure and phone in your reservations. ••• Well, the Kentucky Derby is upon us and I am thinking about what can I talk about that can tie in Midway and the Kentucky Derby. We all think about – or at least I do – about the horse that almost won. As we know, close only counts in horseshoes. There was a horse that ran in the 1917 Kentucky Derby from Midway and it came in third. The horse was called Midway and was bred by J.W. Parrish of Parrish Hill Farm, now Southern Equine. Midway was a decent horse as far as racehorses went but his claim to fame was that he was the grandsire to the famous quarter horse Three Bars. Three Bars was the sire of 29 AQHA Champions, 4 AQHA Supreme Champions, 317 Racing Register of Merit earners, and his foals earned more than $3 million on the racetrack. He was the foundation sire for the American Quarter Horse, not only in racing but cutting horses as well. Even though a Midway Thoroughbred didn’t win the Kentucky Derby, it definitely made its mark in the horse industry, even though he came in third in the Kentucky Derby. No matter where a Midwegian finishes, they still make their mark in the world, I’m just saying ...

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