• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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It was an active week in the biggest little city in Kentucky, Midway. Keeneland visitors are keeping the downtown sidewalks filled both before the races and after. Last Thursday night, the Midway Woman’s Club and the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce partnered to host a political forum, as this year’s candidates for Midway City Council took the stage to let those attending know where they stood on issues involving Midway. You can find more on this event in this issue of The Woodford Sun. On Saturday afternoon, Midway citizens and several canine residents gathered at the newly developed Walter Bradley Park Extension, which is located at the end of Gratz Street, to christen the footbridge that was built to join the little park with the larger Walter Bradley Park. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift and newly appointed Park Director John Holloway did the honors by cutting a ribbon allowing everyone to try the bridge out. I can’t encourage everyone enough to check out the newly developed park area at the end of Gratz Street and enjoy this cozy little area and try out the new footbridge. Although the runners in this event didn’t come downtown as they have done in previous years, all during the day on Saturday, Midway businesses enjoyed visitors who were participating in the Bourbon Chase. The race didn’t come through Midway this year because they had to change the race’s course because of the Weisenberger Mill Bridge being closed. Even though the Bourbon Chase Race was rerouted this year, Midway wasn’t without a race this weekend. On Sunday morning, more than 1,300 runners made their way to Midway to run in the Iron Horse Half Marathon. It is an amazing sight to watch the mass of runners make their way down Brand Street at the start of the race. A number of Midwegians participated in this year’s event. This was the seventh year that this event has been run in our little town. The Iron Horse Half Marathon has been tagged as one of the “Top 28 Destination Half Marathon in the United States” by the Runner’s World Magazine. It is also recognized as “One of the Top 50 Races in the United States Worth Traveling For” at Flipkey by TripAdvisor. I would encourage Midway residents to check out this race next year, although you will have to rise early to watch as hundreds of cars and people make their way all over town. ••• At Monday night’s council meeting, Mayor Grayson Vandegrift and the Midway City Council honored Steve Simoff, Dottie Cordray, Cecelia Gass, John Holloway, Milan Hamilton, and Phil Dare by making Tuesday, Oct. 18, an official day in their names. Mayor Vandegrift read a proclamation honoring them for their work on the Citizens’ Advisory Committee. The committee was set up a year ago to explore ways to improve greenspace areas in Midway. In the process, the group formed a volunteer group called Friends of Walter Bradley Park, which raised private funds for park improvements. The committee directed volunteer workers planting new trees, creating two new entrances to the park, and building the new foot bridge across Lee’s Branch connecting park areas. He also announced the newly formed Midway Park Board, with John Holloway as chairman, Cecelia Gass, council member Sara Hicks, Regina Morris, and Liles Taylor. ••• If you’re an art lover, and even if you’re not an art lover but just happen to like paintings of horses and dogs, take time to go see the work of Artist Cindy Alvarado-Yeary. Her work can be seen at the Midway branch of the Woodford County Library. Her animal artwork is in collections worldwide and has won national awards. Her illustrations have been published in books and magazines. Dogs and horses are her favorite subjects. She works in watercolor, graphite pencil, and pen and ink.

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