Greetings from Peach Blossom Hall in the heart of old Russellville and Logan County, Kentucky. It is a wonderful old place that is worth all the effort, time and money to restore and bring back to the grandeur of years gone by. Many good folks have asked about seeing the house and grounds and I am planning on this. Sometime in early fall we are planning on a special open house to help raise funds for the county humane society. I will be sure that the publicity is there for the event and all readers of this column are welcome to attend.
Since I was a small boy I have loved the movies and the movie stars. I saw movies in Adairville, Russellville, Auburn and Elkton years ago. Every summer my dad use to take me on his sales trips to mom and pop grocery stores. We use to eat in the local restaurants, stay in some of the old hotels and at night time go to the movies. I loved it. Some of those old time stars are still alive. Doris Day is 90, Christopher Plummer is 83, Luise Rainer is 103 (The Great Ziegfeld and The Good Earth), Olivia de Havilland 98 (Gone With The Wind and To Each His Own), Kirk Douglas 98 (Spartacus and 100 more), Carol Channing 93 (Hello Dolly and Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend) and Dianna Durbin 93 (That Certain Age and Mad About Music.)
A few days ago I was eating a very good fish dinner in Adairville at the 431 Grill. There was a good number of young people present and the old school teacher came out in me. I asked the group if they knew who Gene Autry or Roy Rogers were? Not a single person present knew who either one was! One of the boys suggested he thought he had heard of a restaurant called Roy Rogers. My how time flies!
Well, they were two of the most famous singing cowboys of all times. They dominated the Saturday movie screens from the 30s, 40s and into the 50s. After that they dominated Saturdays on the TV screens in the 70s and 80s. Their old radio shows, movies and TV adventures still are run on many TV networks. Gene and Roy became long time friends and I remember seeing both play the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville. I think it ironic that they died 33 days apart in 1998.
The second Old Courthouse Jamboree summer series musical entertainment event is set for this Saturday. The series features Bluegrass, Gospel, Country and Classic Rock. Its’ all free. Located under the shade trees in front of the old county courthouse in Russellville. The time is from 2-6 p.m. Refreshments will be on sale. Be sure and bring your own lawn chair or blanket to seat on.
Come one and come all to the new 2014 Logan County Fair. The Logan County Fair Board with the assistance of the Logan County Tourism Commission is putting on a real honest to goodness county fair. The fair location will be the Logan County Agriculture Extension Service property on the Russellville By-Pass across from the Marathon Truck Center and only a few blocks from Wal-Mart. There is no admission fee to the grounds throughout the week. —*Saturday July 26 at 6:30 p.m. there will be an outstanding horse show. Admission is only $3. The show will be held in the new Agr. Arena. *Monday July 28 – Rabbit Show 10 a.m. Lamb, Goat and Swine Shows 6 p.m. Free admission *Tuesday July 29 – Open 5 p.m. Big MEGA Carnival Rides – discount armbands sold on grounds. Beef Breeding Show 6:30 p.m. Agr. Arena. Free admission. * Wednesday July 30 – Open 5 p.m. Big MEGA Carnival Rides – Car load night for $30 (all you can get in the car – unlimited riding.) Free entertainment, exhibits, food booths and more. * Thursday July 31 – Open 5 p.m. Big MEGA Rides – Discount armbands on sale at site. Karaoke Contest - $5 entry fee. Little Mr. & Miss Pageant 6 p.m. $15 entry fee – Farmers Market Bld., booths, exhibits and food vendors. * Friday August 1 – Open 5 p.m. Big MEGA Carnival Rides – Discount armbands on sale at site. Free entertainment – Forgy Town Band, booths, food vendors, exhibits. 7 p.m. Truck Tug of War - Agr. Arena. $8 fee. * Saturday August 2 – Opens 12 Noon. Free entertainment in the Adm. Bld. The famous Murphy Family Scottish Dancers will put on three different shows during the afternoon. Exhibits, booths, food and etc. There will be a big BBQ Cookoff Contest starting at 4 p.m. $50 entry fee at the Ext. Office till the 19th. (The Fair Board will provide the fresh meat.) Tickets for tasting samples and voting on the best will be $5.) That evening at 6 p.m. the fair will feature a big concert staring two famous groups – The Springs Band and The Marty Brown Band. Advance admission is $6 and $8 at the door. The show will be in the Agr. Arena.
This years’ 2014 Logan County Fair promises to be the best in many many years. Remember admission to the grounds is free. There is lots of free entertainment and the horse show, tug of war and concert are very low priced. There will be lots to see each day so you might plan to come out each evening and enjoy the fun, food, exhibits, rides and all the other happenings.
Time to go. Good night sweet people and Mrs. Calabash where ever you are!