SHEPHERDSVILLE - In its inaugural year, Bullitt County's Second Sunday event was indeed second, trailing only Lexington as the highest attended event in Kentucky.
This year's event hopes to be doubled with two designated county locations.
Second Sunday is a statewide physical activity event. The idea originated in Bogota, Columbia, where 70 miles of roadway were closed each Sunday to promote exercise.
An estimated 12,000 Kentuckians participated in 2008 Second Sunday events in 70 counties.
Recent studies by the University of Kentucky showed that two out of every three Kentuckians are overweight or obese. Kentucky ranked among the top ten in obesity-related disease.
A Bullitt County committee was created to maintain last year's event. They organized an event area in Hillview along a stretch of the Preston Highway feeder lane between Hillview Boulevard and Market Place Drive.
The same location will be used this year, with a second location created along the southbound lanes of Conestoga Parkway in Shepherdsville between Adam Shepherd Parkway and Highway 61.
Second Sunday committee member Depp Rasner said two locations provided sufficient space for many physical activities, not just walking.
“The whole idea is to create an awareness for physical activity," said Rasner. "Frisbees, dog walkers, basketball dribblers, anything that's going to get you out there and be physically active. Strollers and bicycles are also welcome."
Hillview's portion will start along Market Place Drive near Big-O Tires. Participants can register for a chance to win a three-month gift certificate to Hester's Family Fitness and Recreation Center.
Free spinal screenings will take place courtesy of Today's Chiropractic. Zoneton Fire Department will supply a balloon bounce. A jump rope competition is scheduled. DJ music will be provided.
A friendly competition will take place once again between Maryville and Overdale Elementary, vying to become the school with the most participants.
Returning this year is Woody, The Kentucky Wiener, along with sister Chloe and author Leigh Anne Florence. They will make an appearance in Hillview between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m., as well as at Shepherdsville between 4 and 5 p.m.
The Shepherdsville event includes line dancing instruction courtesy of Dance with Steve and Donna.
Second Sunday co-coordinator Ruth Chowning said line dancing will be the big focus in Shepherdsville, with the event promoting Kentucky's longest line dance along Conestoga at 4 p.m. All area line dancers were encouraged to attend.
The Shepherdsville location will begin at PBI Bank at the Adam Shepherd Parkway intersection. Live music will be provided.
The Bullitt County YMCA will sponsor kids activities. Shepherdsville Chiropractic will offer spinal screenings and a massage chair. Curves for Women will feature Hula Hoop and jump rope activities. First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville will provide snacks.
Also in attendance will be Bullitt County Health Department representatives featuring Tai Chi and Body Recall programs.
Conestoga locations will participate in the inaugural Shepherdsville event. Patrons may venture into the Shepherdsville Government Center for public tours of the Shepherdsville Police and Fire Departments.
JOM Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., will host a public reception at its front driveway area. Medline Industries will supply water bottles.
As a bonus incentive for students, Chowning said Shepherdsville participants could register through their school. Each school with more than 50 participants will receive an award courtesy of the Bullitt County Cooperative Extension Service.
Chowning mentioned the Extension Service Master Gardeners and 4-H Ag Explorers would assist at the event.
With Shepherdsville joining Hillview in the 2009 event, Rasner hoped the participation would continue to spread, with areas such as Lebanon Junction and Mount Washington participating.
"This is very positive for Bullitt County," he said. "It's an opportunity to bring the community together."
Both Second Sunday events are scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. The Hillview location is .55 miles, while Shepherdsville is 1.8 miles, including the Conestoga hill.
"Conestoga is definitely more of a challenge," said Rasner. "It's a great opportunity for exercise."
For more information on the Bullitt County Second Sunday events call Rasner, 744-4190, or Chowning, 543-2257.
More information is also available at www.2ndsundayky.com.