• By Vanessa Seitz Midway, Correspondent

Midway News and Views

Midway News The Midway Fall Festival The Midway Fall Festival is this weekend!!! And this year’s event looks to be even better than ever. Organized by the Midway Business Association and the City of Midway, the event is celebrating its 45th year this year! There will be arts and craft vendors, sorghum making and pottery making demonstrations, activities for children and many food and beverage vendors. Parking will be available on-street where available but also at the local churches and at Southern Equine Farm just outside of Midway, with parking shuttles available for those that need assistance getting from their cars to the festival. Festival organizer Elisha Holt said, “I think it is neat that our community is coming together in such a big way with approximately 150 Woodford County volunteers coming together to make this amazing event happen.” Musical entertainment for the weekend includes several well-known local artists, including R.C. and the Nightshades, Bourbon Branch, The Twiggenburys, and Trippin’ Roots on Saturday. On Sunday, Kyle and Sable Snyder, Reb Butler, George Molton, Argo Lynn, Macy France and Blake Jones and family will perform.

Iron Horse Half Marathon and 12K This is a final call for runners for the 10th annual Iron Horse Half Marathon. The race will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 7 a.m. and for the third year, runners also have the option of running the shorter 12K. The race benefits Cops for Kids, the Midway Ministerial Association and Special Olympics Kentucky. Sign up at RunSignUp.com or through the Iron Horse website ironhorsehalfmarathon.com. Parking for the race is as follows: Southern Equine Farm – a 350 meter walk to the start (pre-purchased passes or $5 cash at the gate and cars are able to leave whenever), Northside Elementary – a 600 meter walk to the start (free parking and able to leave whenever) and at Midway University – a 800 meter walk to the start (free parking but will not be able to leave until 10 a.m.‬). Race organizers ask that people please do not park in church parking lots, as most churches have service during the race and need their spaces for their congregation. They also ask that runners avoid street parking in Midway and stick to one of the above three options. With the fall festival and race happening simultaneously, they are trying to keep downtown Midway as clear of cars as possible.

Continuing the poetry dinner series at Holly Hill Inn Pam Sexton’s poem, “The End of the River,” is the inspiration for the latest Poetry Series dinner menu at Holly Hill Inn running through Sept. 21. Poet and artist Pam Sexton of Lexington was passionate about art created by Kentuckians, whether music, literature or craft, and was an ardent advocate for education. She served on the boards of several arts organizations. Her daughter, Ouita Michel, owner of Midway restaurants Holly Hill Inn, the Midway Bakery and Wallace Station as well as her Lexington based restaurants, shares her love for Kentucky art and poetry. Ouita’s comments on her mother on the Poetry Dinner series web site are that: “She was a hell of a cook. Serious about food to the last bite she took. She was an even better poet.” The “Menu for Mom” for the dinner series at Holly Hill Inn will run through Sept. 21 for $50. The buffet menu includes oysters on the half shell, southern-fried chicken livers, crispy corn and sweet potato fritters, salad, crawfish, Redfish crabmeat, red beans and rice, filet mignon, country ham, pawpaw chiffon pie and bourbon chocolate cheesecake.

New menu at Mezzo Talking of good food, there is a new dinner menu at Mezzo and there are some delicious new options including seafood fettuccini and daily specials such as bison steak, as well as regular favorites like spaghetti and meatballs and their pizza, burgers and salads. Desserts like the apple pie and tiramisu also never fail to disappoint. In addition, Mezzo offers the NFL Sunday ticket for football fans throughout the season, with Sunday beer and wing specials during the games.

Secretariat statue unveiling at Keeneland The 2019 Secretariat Festival, celebrating the unveiling of a bronze monument of Secretariat Bronze Monument, is planned for Oct. 12-13 at Keeneland racecourse. The statue will eventually be located on the roundabout at the Old Frankfort Pike /Alexandria Drive intersection as an entrance to the scenic horse farm drive along Old Frankfort Pike. The weekend festival brings Secretariat fans together annually to celebrate the life and legacy of Secretariat. This year’s event will be highlighted by the debut of the Secretariat statue commissioned by the city of Lexington and created by equine artist Jocelyn Russell. The 1.5 times sized statute of Secretariat, with jockey Ron Turcotte aboard, will be installed at the roundabout after it is previewed during the Festival. Turcotte is expected to attend the Festival this year along with Kate Chenery Tweedy, Penny Chenery’s daughter and family historian. Other special guests, such as Marvin Moorer, former groom and son of Eddie Sweat, Disney’s Secretariat actor/jockey Otto Thorwarth, 92-year-old esteemed veterinarian Dr. Robert Copelan, who treated Secretariat in 1973, and racing journalist Steve Haskin are expected to be on site to greet attendees and provide their own memories of Big Red and that 1973 Triple Crown year. There are many other events scheduled during the weekend including Keeneland tours at 8 a.m. and 9:15 a.m., Claiborne Farm tours – the farm where Secretariat lived out his life as a stallion and is buried, Lane’s End Farm tours – where you can visit one of the Bluegrass region’s most prestigious farms. At Keeneland, there will be the opportunity to meet Secretariat monument artist Jocelyn Russell, among other festival activities. Tours will need to be booked ahead of time through the festival web site at www.Secretariat.com. On Sunday, Oct. 13, the festival continues at Keeneland and will feature autograph sessions, the monument viewing and tours. Throughout both days, the festival will feature a range of events you can get involved with and opportunities to learn more about horse racing. There will also be a live/silent auction of Secretariat memorabilia. The event is being held during the Keeneland meet, so there will be live racing on both Saturday and Sunday with first post at 1:05 p.m. daily. General admission is $5 with reserved seating and dining options also available.

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