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Kentucky’s oldest running festival canceled due to coronavirus

(Photo: Facebook/October Court Days in Mt. Sterling, KY)

(Photo: Facebook/October Court Days in Mt. Sterling, KY)

Court Day began in Mt. Sterling in 1794 and over the last 226ish years it has grown into a four-day festival known as the oldest running festival in all of Kentucky. The actual Court Day is always the third Monday of October, but at some point along the way Mt. Sterling started the partying on the Friday before, which formed the four-day weekend tradition of Court Days.

Each October thousands of people gather on the streets of Mt. Sterling to buy and sell goods, eat all the festival food one can eat, and celebrate the history of the community. This year, however, there will be no Court Days because coronavirus is a real buzzkill.

Court Days announced the news on Facebook earlier this week, promising a “bigger and better than ever” version next year:

This is a state that is full of festivals and you can expect others with similar dates to do the same, unfortunately.

For those who have been to Court Days, share a fun memory below.

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

2 Comments for Kentucky’s oldest running festival canceled due to coronavirus



  1. Bluebloodtoo
    4:06 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    I had my day in court, but it’s not story worth sharing; rather a day I’d prefer to forget.



  2. City shuffle
    4:55 pm July 23, 2020 Permalink

    Disheartened by this news, but if they promise to be bigger and better than ever next year will be worth waiting for.