When arriving into the community over 25 years ago, Bullitt County was home of four major festivals each year.
The Mount Washington Historical Society had the spring festival each May and Lebanon Junction’s Old Fashion Days were held in early October.
The Bullitt County Fair was held in the middle of June at the fairgrounds.
And the Shepherdsville Olde Tyme Homecoming was held along Frank E. Simon Avenue.
Since that time, Bernheim Forest has introduced its wildly popular Colorfest in mid-October and the city of Hillview has started its annual fair.
The Bullitt Blast brings thousands of people to Paroquet Springs Conference Centre for July 4.
Mount Washington now has a spring festival under the guidance of the Lions and Lioness Clubs and a fall festival thanks to the Salt River Masonic Lodge.
Unfortunately, the Olde Tyme Homecoming in Shepherdsville died several years ago.
The reasons were varied.
With the construction of the courthouse and the judicial center, Frank E. Simon Avenue was no longer available.
The move to the First Street Park in Shepherdsville was met with disaster its first year.
Electric service wasn’t up to par to handle the need, a road had to be constructed literally as the festival began to allow access to the Bluegrass Saddle Club and it rained a whole lot.
It also didn’t help that most of the volunteers who started the festival had thinned out over the years.
A couple of attempts were made to hold the festival, including a move to July 4, but it was time to put the event to bed.
Now, a group is interested in bringing back the Olde Tyme Homecoming in 2010.
During the first meeting of the committee looking at the possibility, a lot of great ideas were mentioned. More ideals and more people are needed to make this possible.
The committee would like to bring the festival back to the downtown area but they would also like to utilize the park facilities.
The members would like to take visitors to Buckman Street back in time and lead them up the street and up in time.
The recent Hot River Nights was very successful in closing down Buckman Street and allowing people to just walk around and look at classic cars and trucks.
Would you like to be on the committee? Or would you like to just offer some suggestions on the 2010 festival?
Contact Bonnie Enlow or Depp Rasner with ideas.
Thinking back to the Olde Tyme Homecoming brings back some great memories.
Of course, rain always seemed to be part of the three-day festival.
There’s nothing better than having to move beauty pageants back into the old city hall meeting room where the air conditioning couldn’t keep up with the body heat produced by a packed crowd.
Or the disagreements between some county officials over the early closing of offices on Friday to allow carnival vendors to set up the rides.
Or whether beer should be allowed at the festival.
But, in reality, there was no better festival in the region.
You had the back streets filled with craft vendors and local groups raising money by selling trinkets and food.
The parade was a big hit on Saturday.
And the pageants were popular.
You had bands singing at the stage and plenty of dancing in the parking lot.
Like most festivals, it was an opportunity for people to see one another - maybe for the first time since the last event.
You often don’t realize that you might miss something until it is gone. Expect the sentiment to be the same for those wishing to see the return of the Shepherdsville Olde Tyme Homecoming.
It would be a great tribute to people like Red and Gloria Sparrow, who were among the initial organizers, to see it return next year.
Speaking of festivals, it is that time again when Bullitt Countians have plenty of things to attend.
The Mount Washington Fall Festival will be next Saturday, Sept. 19. Due to construction of the new elementary school, look at the special preview next week in The Pioneer News on where all the events and contests will be held.
The Lebanon Junction festival will be gearing up Oct. 2-4 in downtown. The Saturday morning parade will be the highlight of the annual event.
Of course, the world famous machine gun shoot will return to Knob Creek Gun Range in Nichols on the second weekend in October. People from throughout the world will fill hotel rooms as they attend the fall event.
And Colorfest will return to Bernheim Forest in mid-October. This event just keeps growing and growing.
On top of all of this, many of the local schools will host fall festivals.
And just think, it’s less than three months until Santa returns for all those appearances at schools for supper and breakfast.