• By John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

The Week At Midway - Personals and Comments

If there isn’t a party going on downtown, drive around Midway and you might find one going on somewhere else. At least, that was the case Saturday evening when the Midway Baptist Church Block Party began. Everyone who attended seemed to have a great time. The children took advantage of the popcorn, snow cones, parachute games and bounce houses. The event took place at Northridge Subdivision and was hosted by Midway Baptist Church.

Last week the Woodford County Library’s Midway branch was featured on WTVQ Lexington TV (that’s channel 36). The broadcast featured Midway’s own Stacy Thurman, branch manager. The library and the town of Midway got a terrific plug. Thanks Stacy, for keeping Midway in the news.

This year’s Giant Pumpkin Project has just gotten downright scary. This year’s pumpkin guys decided to go with a different line of giant pumpkin, since last year’s pumpkin didn’t live up to the group’s expectations, with the biggest weighing out at 179 pounds. This pumpkin was the largest pumpkin reported for Woodford County, but the brains behind the project were shooting for a 500-pound pumpkin.

This year’s goal was to produce a 500-pound pumpkin, and since last year’s seeds didn’t quite live up to expectations, it was decided that a new line would probably do better. The group isn’t sure about the size of this year’s pumpkin, but they do know the seeds sure produce a heck of a vine. The two vines have just about taken over the downtown gathering area and by the end of the week, they should be overrunning the train tracks. As for the pumpkins, there will be more on them next week.

Mark this Sunday, July 15, for the Cool Summer Nights Concert Series, which will feature Reb Butler of Darlin’ Jean’s fame and Will Padgett.

The free concert is hosted by Blake Jones and will be held at the Homeplace Gathering House (the yellow house at the top of the hill as you are pulling into the Homeplace at Midway). Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join everyone for a great night of music!

This is just a reminder for everyone who likes to plan things a couple of weeks ahead: This month’s Midsummer Nights will take place Friday, July 27, in downtown Midway. Festivities start at 6 p.m.

Midsummer Nights in Midway runs from June through August and provide wholesome family fun and serve as a platform for local businesses, artists, and non-profits to reach new audiences. The events highlight the historic and small-town warmth of our community.

This month’s band will be the Feral Cats, who will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Other activities include local restaurants selling food and beverages, local shops and street vendors open late. Local non-profits will sell food, soft drinks, and water. West Sixth Brewing will be there, and there will be kids’ activities, face-painting, a photo booth, and Midway Mayor Grayson Vandegrift will be the evening’s emcee.

Don’t forget to visit downtown on Mondays from 3 to 6 p.m. and support the farmer’s market. It is that time of year, and there should be plenty of items to choose from.

If anyone from Midway has a family member serving in the military, please e-mail me at mjohn547@aol.com. I would like for your e-mail to include a picture and information about your service member’s branch, rank, high school or college, and where he or she is presently stationed. I would greatly appreciate everyone’s help with this project.

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