Press Release 8-13-18 The 38th Annual Festival of the Horse Gallops into Kentucky Horse Country

The 38th Annual Festival of the Horse Gallops into Kentucky Horse Country
New activities and larger Grand Parade of Horses join lineup of Horse Show & Games,
craft beer garden, arts & crafts, live entertainment, kids’ activities, more

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GEORGETOWN, KY – AUGUST 13, 2018 – Horse lovers will want to head to downtown Georgetown this fall when the 38th Annual Festival of the Horse gallops into Kentucky Horse Country the weekend of September 7-9. A free-admission event celebrating the role of the horse and its heritage, the festival is packed with fun, including the Grand Parade of Horses, Horse Show & Games, live entertainment, craft beer garden, arts and crafts, tasty food options and family-fun activities like Fox Creek Amusement rides and so much more.


New and improved festival fun
The annual Toyota Grand Horse Parade begins in downtown at 5 p.m. Saturday. This year’s enhanced parade includes horses of all kinds with riders, drill teams, horse-drawn vehicles and more. New to the festival are pony rides for children by Brown’s Pony Parties, taking place outside the courthouse 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Additionally, a Corntucky Cornhole Tournament is scheduled to take place at FatKats Pizzeria on Saturday afternoon.


Throughout the weekend, enjoy a wide variety of live music at the square – everything from classic oldies to contemporary hits – performed by local musicians, including award-winning country duo Jericho Woods on Friday and the crowd-pleasing new band, Brother Smith, on Saturday.


Festival of the Horse, Georgetown, KY
Festival website: www.FestivaloftheHorse.org, 502-863-2547 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Date Friday-Sunday, Sept. 7-9, 2018
Friday: 4-10 p.m., featuring the Colt & Filly Children’s Parade at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., featuring the Corntucky Cornhole Tournament that afternoon and the Grand Parade of Horses at 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Place Downtown Georgetown, KY 40324
Cost Free


Celebrate the horse at the festival and at these equine-related attractions in Georgetown: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, where you can meet Kentucky Derby Winner Silver Charm and Silver Screen sensation Popcorn Deelites, the other star of the 2003 Oscar-nominated sports drama “Seabiscuit,” among other legends of the turf; Kentucky Horse Park and its many museums paying homage to the horse; Fine Arts Editions Gallery, showcasing the work of John Stephen Hockensmith, one of the premier equine photographers in the United States; and the Robert Clark Gallery, featuring this elite equestrian artist’s paintings.


Additionally, a Stills and Stallions Horse Tour with Stone Fences Tours is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, that will include behind-the-scenes peeks at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, award-winning Country Boy Brewing and Georgetown’s craft bourbon distillery, Bourbon 30. The tour includes a lunch stop and pickup/drop-off at the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism office so you can get right back to festival fun. Tickets: $99 (includes tour, admission to Old Friends, tasting at Country Boy Brewing and lunch.) A barrel tasting and bottling at Bourbon Thirty is optional.


For more information about the Festival of the Horse and other equine-related reasons to explore Georgetown, visit www.GeorgetownKy.com.








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