GREENVILLE, Ky. (9/17/13) – Get ready to eat, drink, shop, play, clap, dance, ooh ahh, Squash and Gobble! The Greenville Tourism Commission is pleased to present the 5th annual “Squash & Gobble Arts Bazaar and Fall Festival”. This signature arts and crafts event and family fall festival is set for Saturday, September 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Squash & Gobble event celebrates and spotlights both the performing and the visual arts while offering families a fun-filled FREE fall festival.
The visual arts portion of the festival will feature Kentucky artisans from across the region. Approximately 75 artisan booths will line the downtown sidewalks and feature creations in primitive furniture, jewelry, sewing, painting, drawing, photography and much more. Bear Hollow Wood Carvers, leaders in the chainsaw wood carving industry, will be performing four live chainsaw carving demonstrations at approximately 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. The tourism commission has once again pre-purchased the completed saw-carved sculptures to auction off at 4:00 p.m. on the steps of the courthouse. All proceeds from the sale of the carvings will go to designated “arts related” non-profits in the community including the Muhlenberg County High School Band, the Duncan Center Museum and Art Gallery, Muhlenberg Community Theatre Inc, and the Muhlenberg Arts Advisory Council.
Muhlenberg County students, ages 6 – 18 years old, will once again have the opportunity to be a part of the festival by participating in the annual youth art competition. Wing Alley located between Main Street Costumes and Hello Gorgeous Salon will be transformed into “Imagination Alley” and will display each young artist’s creation from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Judging will occur from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. and the announcement of winners will at 2:30 p.m. from the steps of the courthouse.
The Duncan Center will be offering two artistic competitions “Scarecrows on Parade” and a “Chalk Walk.” “Scarecrows on Parade” is a unique regional scarecrow contest open to all ages, groups, clubs, civic groups, businesses, and everyone in between! Participants will be allotted an amount of space where they can make a scarecrow that’s traditional, whimsical, humorous, mischievous, loveable, or scary. The sky is the limit! Entry fees are minimal and cash prizes will be given in most categories! Judging will take place during Squash & Gobble on Saturday, September 21st.
The performing arts will be celebrated with a full day of musical performances! The music will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the steps of the courthouse with Muhlenberg County’s own Boys of Broad.
During this first musical performance, an entertaining element of performance arts will be demonstrated as the Muhlenberg County’s own Sedona Arnett and her troupe of line dancers perform several routines to the live music of The Boys of Broad. Following their demonstration performances, Sedona Arnett will be hosting free line dance lessons directly behind the courthouse. Arnett is a skilled line dance instructor and has choreographed a new dance called “The Squash and Gobble”. Folks of all ages are invited to participate in a free dance lesson to learn the signature dance of the event. Lesson times will be noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Following The Boys of Broad will be a bluegrass variety band that boasts Muhlenberg County native Derek Harris, son of Wes and Janet Harris. The Misty Mountain String Band has performed on stages all across the region, including accompanying the Louisville Philharmonic Orchestra in a recent summer concert performance. This four piece band is an eclectic mixture of original bluegrass pieces and standard well-known bluegrass favorites. The Misty Mountain String Band will take the courthouse stage at 11:30 a.m.
“Lanham Brothers Jamboree” hales from Owensboro, KY for a 1:00 p.m. performance on the courthouse veranda. This one and a half hour showcase will include award-winning bluegrass music and a variety of toe-tapping songs that are partnered with traditional Appalachian clogging, skits and plenty of crowd interaction.
“Me & the Boys” will bring local flavor as they take the courthouse stage to perform at 2:45 p.m. as the final musical performance of the day. Many will recognize this well-known group of local talents who have on frequent occasion performed at community events and churches.
The fall festival has been expanded to include even more family friendly activities! All the usual FREE activities can be found including hay rides, pumpkin painting booth for the kids, pony rides for all ages, hay maze for exploration and balloon twisters. New this year will be a 26’ rock climbing wall provided by Greater Muhlenberg Parks and Recreation and a guitar ornament painting activity to celebrate the county’s deeply rooted thumbpicking history.
Also new this year is an old fashioned cornmeal-making demonstration with a gristmill stone grinder making up ready-to-buy cornmeal for attendees to purchase.
Additionally, tickets to tour the Muhlenberg County Courthouse dome/belfry will be available to qualified participants. The dome experience is not for the faint of heart and will require physical stamina and mobility. The trip to the top includes very steep stairs, wall ladders and climbing. Height and age limits are set at a minimum of 48” tall and at least 6 years of age. Children who meet those requirements and acquire a ticket must be accompanied by an adult in a 1:1 ratio. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. The excursion will require courage and upper body strength.
Another new addition this year is the “Muhlenberg County Amazing Race Scavenger Hunt” hosted by the PR Zone and the ARK Christian Academy. This fun-filled activity will begin at H&R Block on Main Street at 9:00 am. Upon registration teams and/or individuals will receive their first clue and will set off to the next station. There will be approximately 10 stations with some involving physical and mental challenges or simply picking up the next clue. It’s only $5 to participate and children and adults of all ages are encouraged to join the race for a day of one-of-a-kind fun!
SOAR will be offering free book giveaways and games in front of the library.
At 12:30 p.m. “The Crossing” by Old National dedication will take place to formally welcome the new downtown fountain and community space. The community is invited to gather at the courthouse stage to hear comments from city and bank officials and to receive a special commemorative gift for attending the event.
Throughout the day, a silent art auction will be hosted on the Veterans Plaza. Bidders will have the opportunity to visit and revisit the outdoor gallery to vie for extraordinary pieces of artwork that have been created by local artists. The art auction is hosted by The Duncan Center but positioned at the veteran’s memorials.
A full food court will feature seasonal goodies like fried pies and homemade kettle corn. The Greenville downtown merchants will be open and offering a plethora of fall specials with many hosting shoppers with fall open houses.
Maps outlining the specific locations and times for the variety of Squash and Gobble events and activities are available at any downtown Greenville merchant. The Squash & Gobble Arts Bazaar & Fall Festival is sure to be a great way to kick-off the fall season. Visit tourgreenville.com for more information and a detailed schedule or contact Beth Newman at 270-338-1895, M-F 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Information provided by Beth Newman (Greenville Tourism Commission)
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