Four Family-Fun Festivals Headline Summer Calendar
Bluegrass music, full-day float and two celebrations of the horse
GEORGETOWN, KY – APRIL 24, 2019 – Family fun festivals rule summertime entertainment in Georgetown and feature traditional bluegrass music, a float on Kentucky’s longest creek, the model horse world brought to life with spectacular equine performances, and a three-day equestrian extravaganza. Events are set for June, July and September this summer.
Bluegrass music’s best
The Festival of the Bluegrass takes place June 6 to 9 at The Kentucky Horse Park Campground. This family-run festival, now in its 45th year, offers a stellar lineup of musicians, including IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) award winners, Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame inductees and crowd-pleasing regional favorites: Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, J.D. Crowe, The Seldom Scene, Newtown and Hog Slop String Band, among others. Comic relief will be offered with the downhome comedy and backwoods wisdom of the wildly popular duo, the Moron Brothers.
Down a lazy river
Swirling, slapping water, colorful floats, food and drink – it’s a recipe for one memorable summer day outing and it takes place on Saturday, June 8 during the Elkhorn Creek Float Fest, back for its second year. Bring your most festive float, or rent a single or double tube, to Georgetown’s 25-acre Peninsula Park where you can put in and bob along an easy float route on Kentucky’s longest and loveliest creek. In addition to floating, the afternoon features food and music. Pre-registration will go live to the public on Monday, May 6 and includes a discounted float rate, tube rental guarantee, and registrants will be entered to win awesome summertime prizes. Rain date: Saturday, June 15.
Horse model world gallops to life
Known as the world’s most realistic and authentic maker of model horses and accessories for play, collecting, customizing and showing, Breyer elevates its act to another level during BreyerFest, a three-day family festival that combines the excitement of a horse fair with model horse activities. Held July 12 to 14 at the Kentucky Horse Park, BreyerFest marks its 30th anniversary in 2019 and promises plenty of activities, workshops, seminars and Hands-On Hobby demos and more.
Admission includes lots of free activities like Stablemates painting, where visitors can create their own Breyer model in miniature, plus pony rides, dog agility shows, circus acts, a petting zoo, face painting, magic shows, photo ops with Pal O’ Mine (the Breyer mascot) or with one of Pal’s real horse friends at the stables, and much more. Additionally, every BreyerFest ticket includes a free Limited Edition Breyer Model, created just for BreyerFest, and each three-day ticket includes a 1:9 scale Celebration Horse model, the star horse of the event.
A fete to our four-footed friends
Celebrate everything equine at the 39th Annual Festival of the Horse, Sept. 6 to 8, in downtown Georgetown. Horse shows, parades led by showy horses, horse games, live entertainment, arts and craft exhibits, local foods and drinks, carnival rides and more are all part of this festival that commemorates horse heritage in the center of Horse Country.
Continue the celebration of the horse at these local attractions: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, where you can pet such stars of the turf as Kentucky Derby winner Silver Charm; the Kentucky Horse Park – the only park of its kind in the world: working horse farm/educational theme park/equine competition facility/equine office park dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse; and Whispering Woods Riding Stables, to experience Kentucky’s beauty in the most natural way – by horseback.
For overnight accommodations, Georgetown has 15 name brand chain hotels, plus a dozen unique stays. For more information about these events and other reasons to spend time in Georgetown, visit www.GeorgetownKy.com.