Wednesday, the committee met at the Centre on Main in the Leitchfield and discussed the arrangements for the day. Setup will begin at 6:00am Saturday morning as Kenny Vincent will bring in vendors that showcase displays of old time ways such as candle/lantern making, soap/basket making, stone setting, log cabin building, tin ware, wood working, chuck wagon, sorghum stand, broom making and chair caning are all scheduled to help transform the public square to days of an older period.
Judge/Executive Logsdon said this if the first time the public square has been shut down for an event. The square and the block around the square will be blocked off from 6:00am – 5:00pm Saturday, January 23rd. Customers of Leitchfield Deposit Bank will need to use the Southgate Mall branch for the day.
Judge Logsdon added another element of surprise for the committee Wednesday as he announced that Grayson County Road Superintendent Steve Mahurin and other county employees had built a roadway to the old Leitchfield spring where the City of Leitchfield residents first drew their water decades ago. A tractor trolley will load and unload visitors in the area behind the Leitchfield Deposit Bank to give a tour of the old spring where participants will hear the history of the old spring.
A stagecoach setup will be another piece of history people will be able to view. Carriage rides will be given from 11:00am – 3:00pm throughout Leitchfield. Grayson County High School DECA students assembled a pamphlet of a historic walk of Leitchfield, Caneyville and Clarkson a few years ago and these pamphlets will be offered during the carriage rides as the horses take riders along the walk in Leitchfield.
Registration for a Period Wear Pageant will begin at 1:00pm in the courthouse. Amy Cave will be helping those register for the pageant. The age categories begin at 4-years-old and are broken appropriately for men and women. These may be combined based on participation. Tips given for those who are interested include wearing appropriate hair style & makeup for the impression for women and accessories that would be an additive for girls and women include a parasol, basket, fan, gloves, jewelry, doll, bonnet, hat and hair accents. Men are encouraged to carry a rifle, haversack/cup, belt/cartridge, hat cap, period toy or flag. Jeanne Isaacs with Sweet Ladies Mercantile specializes in period wear and will be setup in the basement of the old courthouse this week selling garments if anyone is interested in the pageant.
Window displays of historic pictures, antiques, people dressed in 1800’s attire and antique tractors are additional things visitors can look forward to seeing. Kenny Vincent will be cooking dry beans & chili in large black kettles over open fire and fried potatoes around the Westside of the courthouse, along with county employees who will be roasting hogs that have been donated by Armstrong Farms. Cupcakes are being purchased by the Bicentennial Committee and cornbread and drinks are being furnished by the Grayson County Detention Center. All food and events are free to the public.
The Bicentennial Committee has raised funds by selling banners to local businesses and individuals. The banners will begin to be hung throughout the county next week. The banners tote the Bicentennial Logo and the name of the buyer and will hang throughout the entire year.