Today Henry County put it's best foot forward and invited the world into our backyard to experience our local heritage. Every year, the last Saturday in July, we hold our Henry County Harvest Showcase. This event is held at the county fairgrounds, publicized statewide and even warrants live broadcasts from Louisville's WHAS TV personality, Reed Yadon.
To say the showcase has grown from humble beginnings to a regional event of major proportions would be an understatement. Only around 500 people attended the first one held several years ago, with current totals reaching several thousand. Besides the locals, people come from Louisville, Lexington and even further...especially, city folk. Many kids and even some adults who come have never been up close and personal with farm animals before. It is really interesting to hear the questions they ask.
The whole purpose of the showcase is to promote our agricultural heritage. Henry County used to be a thriving farm county. Unfortunately, working farms are not as plentiful as they once were, but agriculture is still a major part of the county's economy. We are proud of our rural heritage and eagerly share that experience with the thousands of visitors that come to the country to buy homegrown fruits and vegetables, handmade crafts and baked goods, hear some local talent, eat locally produced food, see real, live farm animals, and maybe even learn to milk a cow. (See video below)
For us local folk, it's much like a reunion. We see friends that we don't see everyday and enjoy catching up on the latest news as we stand around eating a locally grown hamburger or fresh ear of corn on the cob. And someone always has homemade ice cream for sale...yum!
Kenneth and I went out today and had a great time. Most years we would have complained about the heat, but not this year. It was probably in the upper 80s, maybe even 90, but after a summer of 100 and above temperatures it felt like a cool day.
I am already looking forward to next year, but until then, I took a few pictures. Hope you enjoy them.
Food and Craft Tents
Bookmobile and Librarian Linda
|Tour the grounds|
|Check out the tractors|
|Kids learn to milk|
|My brother-in-law David with our cows|
|Red Holsteins are rare.|
|9 day old calf|
And, just in case you ever wanted to know how to milk a cow...this is for you!
Until next time...that's my view.