• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

Midway News - Personals and Comments

It is true that Midway is the gateway to Thoroughbred heritage, but this weekend, downtown Midway featured horses of another color, or should I say horses of another ilk. The horses that caught the eyes of visitors to Midway this weekend were brightly decorated sawhorses. The inaugural Saw Horse Derby week was last week, featuring sawhorses decorated and placed in front of the stores downtown and shoppers got to vote for their favorite horse. The winners were announced last Saturday after all the horses were lined up in a row in front of the Railroad Street courtyard. As cars made their way through town, drivers would slow down to see what was going on. This year's winners were: third place, The Back Room; the sawhorse designed by Fisher Antiques and trained by Chip Guillot, of Southern Equine fame, finished second; and the first-place winner by a nose was Midway Boutique. This year's Saw Horse Derby was a project of the Midway Merchants Association and coordinated by Steve and Julie Morgan of Midway Honey fame. The project also collected donations for the Friends of Walter Bradley Park. One thing that didn't happen this weekend was the planting of the 125 dogwood trees that were schedule to be planted last Saturday morning. The new planting date has not been scheduled. ... I just checked out the Facebook page for Midway Derby contender Classic Empire, and it looks like he loves his new home at Churchill Downs and is training well. Classic Empire's start in the Derby will make him the richest horse to start in the Kentucky Derby with $2,120,220 in earnings, surpassing Snow Chief's record in 1986 with $1,719,040. ... There will be two volunteer orientation sessions for those that want to help at this year's Francisco's Farm Arts Festival. The sessions will be held at Midway University Sunday, May 7, and again on Monday, May 8, both at 7 p.m. The sessions will last about one hour and will be convened in the Duthie Auditorium at the Anne Hart Raymond Center on Midway University's campus (512 E. Stephens Street). These orientations will cover festival details, what each volunteer position entails, and you will be able to commit at these sessions and receive your assignment. Volunteers are encouraged to attend at least one of these sessions; however, if you can't attend and still want to help out, don't hesitate to contact the volunteer coordinator, Debra Shockley, at 859-227-8993 or by e-mail volunteer@franciscosfarm.org. The festival date is Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21. For more information on the Francisco's Farm Arts Festival, visit www.franciscosfarm.org. The Francisco's Farm Arts Festival is looking for a coordinator for next year's event. The job description and other details are being worked out and will be advertised in The Woodford sun next week. Deadline for letters of interest will be May 26 and interviews will be during the week of June 12, so if you are interested, check out The Sun for the advertisement. ... I have just found out that there will be a summer program at Northside Elementary this year on Tuesdays. Food service will provide lunch for the students who attend. ... The Midway City Council's Cemetery Committee would like to remind anyone who has an interest in the Midway Cemetery to check the cemetery regulations and make an effort to check out their gravesites to make sure they meet the requirements posted in the regulation book. All regulations will be strictly enforced.

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