Versailles Fall Festival set for Saturday
After several years, the Versailles Fall Festival returns to Main Street Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Versailles, and organizers hope the new focus on arts and crafts will make it an annual event. Maria Bohanan of the Versailles Merchants Association (VMA) said the idea came about last year. "We started talking about the fact that we would like something had more art-based vendors for the fall ..." she said. "We decided all four entities (the VMA, Woodford Tourism Commission, the city of Versailles and the Arts Village) would combine our resources so no one agency had to be responsible for it, because everyone does this on a volunteer basis. So we wanted to ensure that we could make it work." Bohanan said the event will differ from the late May "Art in the Park" festival. "It's going to be a little bigger. It's going to have some kids' activities, a car show, also in conjunction with all this, we're working with the American Legion on their 5-K and their 'Fear the Beer' fun run," Bohanan said. The Versailles Fire Department will have their antique fire truck on display as well. In addition, the Bluegrass Cycling Club, which runs the Horsey 100, has bicycle rallies scheduled throughout the county that day, she said. With festivals abounding this time of year - including the Midway Fall Festival the week before - Bohanan admits the first Versailles Fall Festival will have plenty of competition. "... I'm so grateful we live in this part of the country where we have beautiful falls and we have a plethora of festivals to go to. Some people go to more than one a day. It can be problematic, but I think it's a good thing ... that we've had such a good response, and I think it's going to be a good thing for the community to have another, more artisan-based festival," she said. Bohanan said more than 50 artists, craftsmen and food vendors have already signed up, and West Sixth Street will be selling beer. And it is beer that may bring about some of the most entertaining and perhaps messy moments. At 5 p.m., the American Legion's "Fear The Beer" charity run/walk begins. The rules are simple: Drink a beer, run a quarter mile, drink another beer, run another quarter mile, drink another beer, run another quarter mile, drink one last beer - then run the quarter-mile "Hill of Pain." The release offers this bit of helpful advice: "Don't lose it." There will also be live music, food, antique car displays, a 5-K "Downtown Dash" beginning at 4 p.m., and for children, pumpkin-carving, face-painting and a bounce house. A block party at 6 p.m. at Green Street - the same location as Friday's final Friday Night Block Party of the summer - will feature music by "Tripping Roots." "It's going to be a Woodford weekend," Bohanan said.