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September Days

fishAfter twenty years, a local tradition will end as Pete and Wanda Perry host their final annual “community and beyond” fish fry at their home in the Sawyer/Eagle community on Saturday, September 10.  With their final fry billed as the “Last Cast,” Pete and Wanda expect, as has been tradition, hundreds of folks gathering in from McCreary and surrounding counties as well as other states.  With members of the community pitching in to help with preparations and those attending bringing side dishes and desserts to compliment freshly fried river catfish and hush puppies, the annual fish fry is a labor of love filled with fellowship, prayer, music, hay wagon rides, and good food.  The gathering at Pete and Wanda’s place begins at 11:00 a.m. with an enormous fish fry meal beginning around 12:00 or 1:00 p.m.  There is no charge for the event; however, side dishes are encouraged and welcomed!

Later in the day on Saturday, September 10 at 4:30 p.m. at the McCreary Central High School auditorium, officials of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (BSFNRRA) and park partners plan to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by hosting the Kentucky premiere of a new film, “Generations.”  The BSFNRRA short film is dedicated to capturing the area’s rugged beauty and unique history.

Following the premiere of “Generations” at McCreary Central High School, the sixth, annual Ghost Train and Blue Heron Storytelling events return with storytelling beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Heron Interpretive Center.  Storytelling will end at approximately 9:30.  Sponsored by the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area and the Big South Fork Scenic Railway, this event has become a local favorite.  During the event, park staff and volunteers lead groups of visitors in the darkness of night with only the flicker of lanterns to local storytellers sharing traditional tales from around the area.  The free storytelling event can accessed by driving to Blue Heron or by purchasing tickets for a special event train ride via the Big South Fork Railway.

On Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m., friends, family, visitors, mules, and horses come together at Kelly Tucker’s hay field in Jones Hollow for the annual “Hay Mowing with Mules.”  Similar to an old fashion “working,” folks gather to work and watch as hay is harvested the old fashion way-with mule and horse power.

At noon, everyone feasts at a potluck dinner featuring every home prepared food imaginable.  Side dishes for the potluck meal are encouraged and welcomed.

Blazin’ Bluegrass 2016 fires up on Thursday, September 15 and continues through Saturday, September 17.  The annual bluegrass festival, held at the Sandhill RV Camp on Sandhill Road in Whitley City, draws music-loving crowds from all around the world.  With blazin’ bluegrass music, arts and crafts, food, camping, vendors, and more, the festival offers a great weekend for everyone at a reasonable cost.  Well known performers at this year’s festival include:  host band    C. F. Bailey & Shadow Ridge (performing all three days), Dean Osborne (Thursday), Marty Raybon & Full Circle (Friday), Mavis Neal & Friends (Friday), The Moron Brothers (Saturday), Turning Ground (Saturday), and many, many more. The cost of a three day pass to the festival is $30.00.  Daily admissions are as follows: Thursday (6:00-10:00 p.m.)- $8.00, Friday (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.)- $12.00, and Saturday (11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.)-$15.00.  Group rates for 20 or more adults are available.  For information about the festival, call Fred Patrick at 606-310-1242.  Rita Liley may be contacted at 423-569-9271 for information about camping.

The McCreary County Museum springs to life on Saturday, September 24 when the popular “Night at the Museum” event returns.  With tours given every fifteen minutes beginning at 7:00 p.m., visitors will brush elbows with characters from local and regional history as the museum literally “comes to life.”

The first Historic Stearns Culture Experience is also scheduled for Saturday, September 24.   More information about the full day package, which includes a Big South Fork Scenic Railway Excursion with layover at Blue Heron Mining Camp, a booking at the Wine Education Extravaganza at the Clubhouse Restaurant with guest speaker Wine Master Norrie Wake, owner of Lake Cumberland Winery, and an advance viewing of the “Night at the Museum” event, can be obtained by calling 606-376-5330.

For golfers, September is also a busy month at the Stearns Golf Course with the following events:

September 10-12-Member-Member Tournament (members only)

September 16-OVC Charity Scramble (four man teams, open to all)

Sunday games at 1:00 are open throughout the month.

With so many events taking place this month in McCreary County, be sure and mark your calendars now to take advantage of all September in McCreary County has to offer.

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