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SHEPHERDSVILLE - Before fireworks light up the sky at the 12th annual Bullitt Blast Thursday night, event organizers are encouraging residents to take a run.
And then enjoy a number of activities before the big show arrives at sunset.
The Bullitt Blast Dash 5K Run and Walk, sponsored by the YMCA, is the first event of its kind to join the Bullitt Blast Fourth of July celebration.
Assistant director of Bullitt County Tourism, Alex Wimsatt, said registration for the race begins at 7 a.m. and the race starts at 7:30 a.m.
The race will start at the YMCA, continue down Joe B. Hall Avenue and cross Buckman Street, then loop around Shepherdsville City Park and follow the same route back to the YMCA.
Wimsatt said interested participants could pick up a packet of information about the race during normal YMCA hours on Wednesday, July 3, or register and receive the packet the day of the race.
There will be prizes for the top finishers. The registration fee for the race is $25 for adults and $15 for kids.
For more information about the race, contact Chris Parker at the YMCA at 955-6433.
In addition to the race, Wimsatt said the Bullitt Blast Car Show would also be returning this year.
The Louisville Lead-Rod and Custom Car Club is sponsoring the event. Registration is from 10 am to noon with awards being announced at 1 p.m. There is a $10 entry fee to the event, Wimsatt said.
At 4 p.m., Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville will open for Bullitt Blast, hosted by the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission.
Bullitt Blast’s main sponsors this year are Jim Beam and Publisher’s Printing, along with several others, Wimsatt said.
This year's free event will feature live entertainment and a DJ, food, face painting, bounce houses, indoor and outdoor exhibitors, 14th Armored Recreations with a display of vintage military equipment and vehicles and a pie eating contest at 7 p.m. sponsored by the Bullitt County Women's Club.
In addition, Wimsatt said, 25-cent Ehrler's ice cream cones will return to Bullitt Blast this year.
"It's basically become a tradition for this event," he said.
Bullitt Blast will conclude with a Zambelli fireworks display around 9:45 p.m.