• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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Midway’s Friday night downtown action had the town buzzing. The Midway Renaissance entertainment committee put on a pretty good show with their Midsummer Nights in Midway, Part I. The event included activities for the kids, music for everyone, a 12-foot giant walking the streets, and food that ranged from popcorn and hotdogs to fine dining. One of the favorites for the kids was the face-painting. I was scouring Facebook and one of the parents was talking about one of his kids getting face-painted and refused to wash his face three days later. The shops had lots of visitors checking out the unique items in each store. The restaurants had a special Midsummer Night in Midway drink just for this event. Of course, the question that is asked after such an event is how many people do you think were here? With the crowd moving or not moving at a regular pace, my McDaniel Density Equation that I normally use to judge crowd numbers at the Midway Fall Festival was useless. After counting cars, which were parked all over town and checking restaurants’ reservation lists, I would estamate that there were around 700 people attending Friday night. You might want to mark your calendar for July 22 and participate in Midsummer Nights in Midway, Part II. It will be a chance to see old friends, make new friends, and while your talking, you might find out about friends who aren’t with us anymore. One of Midway’s favorite bands, Superfecta, will be playing. ••• This Saturday, July 2, will be Sparks in the Park day. Midwegians celebrate a day or two before celebrating the actual July 4th Independence Day. Why do we do this? I guess it’s because we can and we celebrate twice – Sparks in the Park, and then we can go to our Fourth of July party of preference. Sparks start flying at the park at 6 p.m. at the Walter Bradley Park. At 6:30 p.m., candidates for the Midway City Council will address those attending the event. They will be given up to three minutes to speak and will address the crowd appearing in the following order: Steven Craig, Kaye Nita Gallagher, Sara Hicks, John McDaniel, Steve Simoff, Bruce Southworth and Libby Warfield. ••• I was glad to read in The Woodford Sun that Midway’s very own Dr. Ben F. Roach has been named to the 2016 Woodford Schools Hall of Fame. I have never been able to fathom why he wasn’t named to be inducted in the first class. University of Kentucky President Lee Todd described Dr. Roach as “a medical legend in Kentucky”. Not counting what he did as a Little league coach, part-time Santa Claus, and doctor in Midway, he was a major factor in raising money for the Markey Cancer Center, with the Ben F. Roach Cancer Care Facility named after him. In another part of his life, he was an exceptional breeder of Thoroughbred horses. He was the breeder of Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic, bred by the Roaches in partnership with one of Ben Roach’s patients, Lane’s End Farm owner William S. Farish, in a foal-share arrangement. Charismatic earned 1999 Horse of the Year honors and a 3-year-old championship by virtue of winning the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I). He ran a close third in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). Then there is Princess Rooney, bred by Ben and Tom Roach, who compiled a superior race record, winning 17 of 21 starts and earning $1,343,339 in the first half of the 1980s. She won the Distaff by seven lengths – a record margin until 1995 – and her other victories included a triumph in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). He bred many other well-known Thoroughbreds. Another fact that many may not be aware of is that he played for the 1936 Midway High School basketball team. I have heard several people state that the 1936 team was every bit as good as the state champion 1937 team. The Midway team played well to the regionals when the team’s star player, Jack Penn, who went on to become the star player for the ’37 team, became sick and couldn’t play. There’s much more to Dr. Roach’s story that makes him a true Hall of Famer. Maybe some others who lived during his time can be pulled out of the hat and recognized. Thank you, Bob Rouse, for remembering. ••• “Mammaw, my teacher said there are a lot of times that I don’t use very good judgement. I know there are a lot of times I may not think things out, like the time I broke my arm when I jumped out of the barn using a sheet as a parachute. When am I going to always use good judgement?” “Well, Johnny Boy, good judgement comes from experience and a lotta that comes from bad judgement.”

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