The 50th anniversary of the Forkland Festival, October 8 and 9, will mark “50 years of memories”. In 1971, when Forkland School was closed, residents of this rural community in southwest Boyle County purchased the school buildings and incorporated the Forkland Community Center as a non-profit organization. lucrative. The following fall, the first Forkland Heritage Festival & Revue was held to help preserve the history of the community and to provide funds for the community center. Since then, every October, the Forkland Festival has taken place, drawing visitors from all over Kentucky and other states. Many aspects of Festival 2021 will incorporate memories from the past 50 years and honor the Forklanders who have made every Festival a success.
Story: At the Festival, we celebrate our rural heritage with many historical exhibitions and activities. You can visit the 1790s log cabin housed by relatives of Abraham Lincoln. The Forkland Museum (inside the brick building) is full of interesting artifacts from the Forkland area, in addition to many historical and genealogical books and documents. Also in the brick building: the gift shop (with Forkland memorabilia and books), wildlife and Native American artifact exhibits, the school and military room, and the family history room . The Old Farm Equipment Museum (behind the main buildings) is full of many items that were once used on local farms: horse-drawn farm equipment, a replica of the tobacco stripping room, old tools and items rural household appliances, as well as a large new library on horse-drawn carriages and carts. You can also see a huge old steam tractor, an ancient high-speed motor grinding cornmeal, and demonstrations of soap making, sorghum, blacksmithing, broom making, quilting, chair caning, etc. The Festival is run by volunteers dressed in old-fashioned clothes to add to the atmosphere.
Arts and crafts: There are many crafts for sale, both outside and inside the gymnasium: many varieties of carpentry, jewelry, soaps, paints, hand-woven and cloth items, brooms, art made of metal, candles, quilling, dried herbs, wreaths, painted pumpkins and much more. . The silent auction (inside the brick building) will feature many unique crafts and other items for you to bid on, including a beautiful hand-sewn queen-size quilt made by Amish.
Kids: There are several stalls and activities that are particularly popular with children: carriage rides, petting zoo, barrel train rides, fish pond, clown stand, handmade toys, playground, body art at the henna, Indian teepee and art room (downstairs inside the brick building) where kids can create their own art while viewing an exhibition of 50 years of Forkland art.
Food: You won’t go hungry at the festival! Start your day at the Coffee Shack with slices of award-winning homemade cake served with delicious coffee or hot chocolate, or grab ham and cookies at the Ham Shack. On Saturday morning, from 8 am, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Many other meals and snacks are also available throughout the day: choose from burgers and hot dogs, pulled pork and chicken, rib eye sandwiches, beans and cornbread, country ham, authentic mexican dishes, barbecue beef, nachos, french fries pies, kettle corn, ice cream, crazy taters, pie and much more. You can also buy food products to take home: sweets, cupcakes, bread, cakes, sorghum, jams and jellies, apples, honey, etc.
Entertainment: Throughout the day, country and gospel musicians will perform on the outdoor stage. Due to COVID-19, we have canceled the Old Country Supper indoor theater and moved the Bean Supper entertainment that would have been in the gym to the outdoor stage at 7 p.m. On Friday night, Phillip Clarkson of Marion County will perform his country tunes. On Saturday evening there will be a short ceremony honoring the hundreds of volunteers who have made the Forkland Festival a success for 50 years; this will be followed by music from Cadillac Tractor playing country and southern rock.
Following: Saturday morning starts at 8 a.m. with the annual Fox & Hound 4K Race through the Buttons of Forkland. For more information and to register, contact John Ellis at 859-319-9974 or [email protected], or Jordan Ellis at 859-576-5777 or [email protected] Saturday also includes a vintage car show. Contact Nathan Stevens at 859-583-6193 for more information. Please register to win a door prize at the information booth, located next to the entrance to the brick building. You can also participate in cake, costume, kiosk and photo contests.
Protection against covid19: Much of the Forkland Festival takes place outdoors with plenty of room to spread out. We ask volunteers and visitors to wear masks inside buildings and also practice social distancing. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Entry and information: The Forkland Festival takes place at the Forkland Community Center, 16479 Forkland Road, Gravel Switch, KY 40328, approximately 30 minutes from Danville or Lebanon. It is open Friday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, October 9 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Festival admission: adults $ 3, children under $ 13, preschoolers free. For more information, visit www.forklandcomctr.org or call 859-332-7146 or 859-332-7839.