• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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This is the weekend for Midway's second biggest event, the Francisco's Farm Arts Festival. Lots of out-of-town artists will be making their way to an event that was at one time one of the top 10 art fairs in the state. There will probably be lots of people who have never been to Midway this weekend. It will be their first chance to test out our new speed bumps. Might even be a chance for anyone who needs car parts to check out the cars going over the bumps and pick up a new transmission, wheel or car battery. It would be sorta like fishing. A lot of work goes into this event and it is important that the vendors and visitors have a good experience and that ain't easy, given there will be around 100 exhibitors from 15 states at the beautiful Midway University campus this weekend. In addition, there will be music, children's art projects and a demonstration of traditional printing techniques are standing attractions at this popular festival. If you have any time to spare this Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, think about helping at the Francisco's Farm Arts Festival as they could still use extra hands this weekend. If you do have a couple of hours free, call Debra Shockley at 859-227-8993. For those of you who have just arrived in Midway, or those who may have hit one of those speed bumps and knocked yourself out and lost your memory, the first festival began as an idea in 2003 and opened in 2004. The name Francisco's Farm Arts Festival was named after Colonel John Francisco, the owner of the farmland that was sold to the Lexington and Ohio Railroad in 1835. A train track was run through the property and the railroad company also laid out the town of Midway, naming the streets after the trustees of the railroad company. The first event was held at Midway University, which was Midway College at that time. The festival made a run at Equus Run Winery in 2011 through 2013, then returned to the Midway University campus in 2014. ... There are lots of events coming up in Midway soon. Every second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. there will be a Woodford County caregiver meeting. These monthly meetings provide a safe, supportive environment to allow family members, friends, and caregivers to meet regularly for mutual support, education, and to exchange coping skills with one another. All support groups are free and open to the public. Refreshments are provided at these meetings. The meeting will take place at The Homeplace at Midway Gathering House, 101 Sexton Way, in Midway. The group facilitator is Barbara Kitchen, DNP, RN dean, School of Health Sciences Midway University, and Tish Platt, RN, BSN Diversified Nurse Consultants, LLC. ... Memorial Day weekend will be buzzing as the Horsey 100 participants numbering more than 2,000 bicycle riders will be making their way through town Saturday, May 25, as they ride through the countryside of the Bluegrass Region. Then at 7 p.m., Larry Corey and his beach band, The Passports, will be playing downtown till 10 p.m. Many of the downtown Midway shops will be open that evening. The Memorial Day services at the Midway Cemetery will take place Monday, May 29, at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Sarah J. Wilson. She will tell of her experiences about being the wife of a veteran who has been deployed. ... There will be a Woodford Pride Picnic at the Walter Bradly Park June 4. The event, which will run from 2 till 5 p.m., will celebrate the second anniversary of the passing of the Midway Fairness Ordinance. There is another event that is a fundraiser for our Locally Grown Youth program, the second annual Locally Grown Youth golf scramble. The scramble will take place at Moss Hill Golf Course Monday, June 26, in Versailles. Go to Igmidway.com/golf to see how you can enter a team or help sponsor this great event. This organization is a cooperative venture of several churches in and around Midway to reach out to the youth of our community to encourage youth involvement in organized activities.

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