Horsin' around

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Festival features contests, artists, demonstrations

By Bryan Marshall

What: Second annual Kentucky Horse Heritage Days, three days of fun, competition, food vendors, education and more than 65 CETA-juried arts and crafts.

Where: Northern Kentucky Fairgrounds, 115 Baton Rouge Rd., Williamstown

When: Sept. 25-27, starts at 10 a.m. daily

Admission: $5 per carload

Schedule of events:

Friday: Animal swap and 4-H Showcase of Animals

Saturday: Animal swap, showcase of breeds, light weight horse pull, drill team demonstration, contest horses and arts and crafts show

Sunday: Animal swap, 4-H nature trail walk, heavy weight horse pull, contest horses, fun show, 4-H cow drop bingo and arts and crafts show

What’s new?:

• Moved from Grant County Park in Crittenden to new fairgrounds in Williamstown

• Educational opportunities funded by Kentucky Equine Education Program: blacksmith demo, saddle making, equine dentistry, ferrier demo and hippatherapy

• Register to win $100, drawings at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

• Performances by bluegrass bands Custom Made (5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 26) and Gary Stone and Hard Times (2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27) at the amphitheater

• Animal Swap- trade for pheasants, game birds, water fowl and large variety of domestic birds and farm animals

• 4-H showcase of breeds

Why go?:

“We were one of the first in the state to establish a festival that honors the horse,” said Tracie Kinman Rothwell, administrative assistant for the Grant County Chamber of Commerce. “It will actually coincide with the 2010 (World Equestrian) Games in Kentucky. It has grown exponentially since the first year which we’re pleased with. It gets the youth in this area involved and gives them a chance to show their horses and compete and have a good, family fun day. It’s looking to be one of the nicer events established for the county.”