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Busy Weekend Planned for McCreary County


By Eugenia Jones

Tonight’s Artisan Trail event hosted by the McCreary County Public Library (MCPL) kicks off a busy weekend of local festivities. As part of the local Heritage Trail Days celebration, the MCPL Artisan Trail event showcases local artisans, authors, musicians, and photographers. Artisans participating in this year’s event include talented artists sharing woodworking, wreath making, doll making, basket making, and much, much more. Mehg Marshall, owner of Pottery by Mehg, will be doing pottery demonstrations throughout the night. Live bluegrass music begins at 5:30 p.m. In addition to artisans, local authors will be present to autograph and sell their books. Local photographers Doug McCoy and Larry Coffey will also have their photography on display and for sale. The artisan event is tonight, Thursday October 4 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the public library in Whitley City.
There will be many opportunities to hike and enjoy nature during Heritage Trail Days as the National Park Service (NPS) and McCreary County Hikers host a Yahoo Falls Hike at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 5 at 5:00 p.m. The MC Hikers will also lead the Flat Rock Loop Hike on Saturday, October 6 at 9:10 a.m. and the Princess Falls Hike on Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m. The NPS will lead the Rails to Trails Hike at Dicks Gap on October 7 and present a Dark Skies Program at Blue Heron on Saturday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m.
The Heritage Trail Days Waffle Brunch Buffet returns again this year at Kristina’s Kitchen in Whitley City. The buffet begins at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m.
This year, the Stearns Fall Colors Festival and Big South Fork River Dash coincide with Heritage Trail Day events.
Now in its third year, the Big South Fork River Dash is the last event of the 2018 Kentucky Waterman Series and will be the awards ceremony site for the overall series. The Dash will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 6 at Alum with the awards ceremony in Stearns at 4:00.
Paddlers will have a chance to experience the beauty of the National Park Service’s Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area, one of our country’s great frontiers, through a flatwater river dash down the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River while being surrounded by scenic gorges, sandstone bluffs, and lush forestland awash in fall colors.
Debuting this year, the Stearns Fall Colors Festival (October 6 & 7) is billed as a fun filled two days of crafts, antiques, music, and food in downtown Stearns. A cornhole tournament and rock painting station are two of the planned events. An outdoor prayer service is set for Sunday at 11:00 a.m.


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