“A good farm is recognized as good partly by its’ beauty,” -Wendell Berry, former Kentucky Poet Laureate.
Beauty is just one of many explanations behind record attendance flocking to the Plow Day Spring Festival at Homeplace on Green River on Saturday.
Nearly 2,500 people enjoyed the beautiful weather, sights, sounds, and even the smells emitting from Homeplace during its’ annual spring festival and Homeplace board members were ecstatic to say the least.
“Those of us who worked so hard to make this the best festival we’ve ever had at Homeplace were very pleased,” says Homeplace on Green River board member George Kolbenschlag. “It was a great day and the weather helped a bunch.”
The previous record, an estimated 2,000, was set at last September’s Fall Heritage Festival. It’s difficult to determine an exact count because people were constantly coming and going all day but organizers say there were about 800 cars and the parking areas were full.
There were nearly 15 horse and mule teams demonstrating 100-year-old plowing techniques with ringing commands of “gee” and “haw” to help the horse and mule teams navigate the field used for plowing.
There were 36 arts and crafts vendors, exhibitors, and demonstrators alongside eight food vendors. The pony rides, barrel train and hayrides were filled all day long with excited children and adults alike.
The food vendors had very little time to rest and the newly renovated barn held continuous live music throughout the day and was constantly crowded.
The Homeplace board would like to thank everyone who came to the event and everyone who helped make Plow Day so successful this year.
“We had some great volunteers from the Campbellsville Healing place who helped with parking and some of the heavy lifting,” says Kolbenschlag. “We also had students from Lindsey Wilson who were there all day helping wherever needed and I spoke with the vendors and there were pleased with the day; they all—every one of them—said they would be back for the September 8 Fall Heritage Festival.”
The next big event scheduled at Homeplace is the first showing of “Shakespeare in the Barn,” which is set for June 23 with members from the Lindsey Wilson College Players performing “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”
For more information on Plow Day or upcoming events scheduled at Homeplace, visit homeplacefarmky.org
Photos and story by Adam Capps