• By John McDaniel Midway Correspondent

The Week At Midway

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This was Midway’s big bicycle week. Bicycles and riders began coming into town around Tuesday and kept increasing all week long. Saturday was the big riding day, with close to 2,000 riders making their way through town throughout the day. They were part of the Horsey Hundred ride that takes place each year on Memorial Day weekend. The event is sponsored by the Bluegrass Cycling Club.

On Saturdays, the club has a stopover point at the Midway Methodist Church, where Midwegians Adele and Dan Roller have helped coordinated the activities for as long as riders have been coming through Midway as part of the official route. Dan reported that the riders come from all over Kentucky, from many other states, and Canada. Dan also wanted to thank the Midway community and the City of Midway for all the things they do to make the community such a wonderful place to live and visit. Volunteers received many compliments and thank you’s all day!

Until last year, Midway had a Horsey Hundred music event on Memorial Day Saturdays partially sponsored by the Bluegrass Riding Club.

Since most of the Horsey Hundred activities are now held in Georgetown (because Georgetown now has alcohol sales) the Midway organizers decided to call this year’s event a “Block Party.” We who reside in Midway already know it doesn’t really matter what we call our magical music get-togethers that attract visitors to visit, eat and dance. Midwegians do the same, but we can watch all these visitors having fun and smile because we know all we have to do is walk a few blocks and we are home!

The event was a smash, as people filled the sidewalks, restaurant patios, sat on the stone walls, and danced in the parking lot to the music of Hi-5. Thanks to the Midway Business Association for hosting, thanks to sponsors, and a big thank you to Cortney Neikirk, with Sweet Tooth, and Doug McDaniel, with Wine and Wood, for putting this event together.

Visitors and Midway residents attended the Midway Memorial Day Services last Monday. There was a short program honoring veterans who passed away and those who were in attendance. Mayor Grayson Vandegrift address was titled, “An interview with a veteran.”

Just a reminder: Midsummer Nights in Midway will begin in June.

There will be sparks at this year’s Spark in the Park. The Friends of Walter Bradley Park will provide special wooden sparklers that are less likely to burn the kids because they cool down very rapidly after the sparks stop.

Word is, there may even be a few extra for the parents.

As I recently wrote, three Midwegians attended the Versailles Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) last month. It was an eye- opening experience and opened up an avenue of discussion between attendees and the lecturing police officers. I told a few people about the classes and several Midwegians said they would like to attend. Assistant Chief Mike Murray, the program’s officer in charge, has just made arrangements with Midway Library Branch Manager, Stacy Thurman, to hold the next academy in Midway. The next CPA Class will start on Tuesday, August 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. I will let anyone interested know where they can pick up an application.

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