• By Vanessa Seitz Midway, Correspondent

Midway News and Views

Midway News Halloweenfest There will be a Halloween celebration in Midway the weekend of Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. with a Not So Scary Haunted Trail in Walter Bradley Park and pumpkin decorating in the courtyard. At 7:15 p.m., you can do a ghost walk of downtown and at 7.30 p.m. there will be a showing of the movie Hocus Pocus in the courtyard. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. There will be apple cider, hot chocolate, Papa John’s pizza and Country Boy Brewing for food and beverage purchase options.

Midway Christian Church Oyster Stew Fundraiser Lunch and Pie Auction On Sunday, Oct. 27, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Midway Christian Church will host a lunch and auction. The menu will be chicken salad, Greek salad, oyster stew or butternut squash bisque, country ham and biscuits, dessert from Midway Bakery and drinks. Donations are greatly appreciated. Call (859) 846-4102 by Thursday, Oct. 24, to order carry out meals for $15 each. Concert and blood drive for

Katy McDaniel Join the Midway Community Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. for a concert benefiting Katy McDaniel’s recovery and a blood drive honoring her strength and resilience. The Kentucky Blood Center’s Blood Mobile will set up in the circle in front of Northside Elementary School from 1 to 5 p.m. VELJEETA featuring Sherri Dan & Jeff from Velvet Elvis, Maggie Lander, and Boogie G and the Titanics will perform live from 2-5 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium. There is a $10 suggested donation for the concert. The Woodford County Library will set up a crafting station for people of all ages to create cards to send to Katy. If you are unable to attend and would like to donate, please visit Katy’s Go Fund Me page, which is managed by a family member.

Holiday Sip and Shop Nov. 23 The Holiday Sip & Shop will be on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Midway restaurants will have adult beverage specials and you can “sip and shop” throughout downtown (please obey all posted signs). The downtown shops will be open for your holiday shopping needs.

Santa arrives by train Nov. 30 Santa arrives by R.J. Corman Train at 11 a.m. in downtown Midway on Nov. 30. Children can visit with Santa until 2:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus will also be there! Mini train rides from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The location of the Santa visit location is being finalized and will be announced soon. Admission is free.

Midway Views The Bourbon Chase 2019 The 200-mile Bourbon Chase Relay, powered by Ragnar, was held last Friday and Saturday. Starting at Jim Beam in Clermont and finishing on Saturday in Triangle Park in Lexington, the race included many of Kentucky’s finest distilleries and rural beauty over the hilly terrain in between. Our 12-person relay team called “Bourbon Belles and Barrel Strength” was one of several hundred teams taking part this year. A motley crew of sleep-deprived and questionable running fitness men and women, from Woodford County mainly, made up our team. The teams were divided into two vans, each with an additional driver; the vans packed with running supplies, blankets and pillows (oh yes, you sleep in the van too!), foam rollers, water and snacks – and seven people who you will get to know really well in the next 30 or so hours of togetherness! (Fun fact: we totaled that between the two drivers and 12 runners we had 35 children aged between 21 and 1 between us!). Van 1 started at Jim Beam in the wee hours of Friday morning. Van 2 (my van) started a little later (thank goodness, as I drove back from a running expo I was working in Columbus, Ohio, at 5 a.m. on Friday morning in time to meet up with my van of people, only one of which I actually knew before the merriment of the Bourbon Chase started on Friday). Alternately slurping coffee and chugging water, we set off from Versailles after meeting, heading towards our start at Makers Mark Distillery. Our trusty white Transit van rental had been transformed by our driver, Terri, for the theme of the event this year, “Superheroes and Villains.” Windows covered in superhero masks and our names, superhero clings and other fun décor adorned the van – joining the many other vans decorated with bourbon stills, Scooby Doo, unicorns and window markers. There was not a white Transit van to rent within a five state radius it would seem judging by the some-300 plus vans driving the back roads of Kentucky. Van I handed the baton off to Van 2 around noon on Friday, cheered on by the throng of runners at Makers Mark. Our van was on now up to bat, taking turns over the backroads and hills (mountains!) of Kentucky, weaving our way past farmland before your trusty Midway correspondent took over the baton as runner 12 running into Danville. My responsibility was contributing about 17 miles of the 200 our team ran – divided into three legs. At times questioning my sanity and at others enjoying the run, the camaraderie and the spectacle of this now annual event that brings so many people to Kentucky, to enjoy the beauty of the Bluegrass. There were many stories we can tell from the weekend, and some that well, let’s just say what happened in the van should stay in the van! On my 3 a.m. night run from Four Roses Distillery to Anderson County High School, another runner and I might have found a kitten wandering on the hard shoulder and run with it for two miles, not wanting it to be hit by a truck on the busy 127 highway! That three-week-old kitten – might be named Ragnar (Rags) – became our team mascot and is currently living up to her rags-to-riches name and in residence in my basement! Our team running in costumes like Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Spiderman, Superman, and Spiderman-in-a-tutu (don’t ask!), we knocked out the miles. When it was all said and done, we managed to average a pace of 9.15-minute miles over the 200-mile relay for 30 continuous hours! But more than that, we came together as a team, supporting and cheering each other, becoming fast friends, and for me catching up with some mom friends from church and MOPS that I had lost touch with over the last few years and happily reconnected with this weekend. There were stories shared, lives enriched and through this crazy race a group of 14 people grew closer. As runner 12, I got to run the final leg of the relay into downtown Lexington. Turning the corner by Rupp Arena, to see the teams of people waiting to cheer their runners in, the music pumping, the orange Ragnar finishing arches framing the finish line, it was a cacophony of noise and color! As Wonder Woman finished the last strides of the race for her team, they gathered in a finishing arch, arms raised, voices cheering, and I ran under the arch made by my friends – old and new. A group of people I was thankful to have spent the past 30 hours with, who helped me grow outside my comfort zone, complete something that seemed maybe a little daunting but we did it anyway, before they joined me in finishing the race together as a team! It was more than a race, more than just a running event; it was an opportunity to forge friendships, push yourself beyond your normal limits and make memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you, team! Let’s do this again next year.

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