Augusta Heritage Days begins Friday

Christy Howell-Hoots - [email protected]

Augusta’s Heritage Days celebration begins Friday and will continue through Sunday. The event is held each year by the Augusta Rotary Club.

The event will begin Friday with a performance by Sugarfoot Cloggers at the city park gazebo at 7 p.m. followed by the Rock Around the Clock show at the Chapel by the River at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, a special memorial service commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I will be held at the VFW War Memorial on Elizabeth Street. The service begins at 9:30 a.m. and will feature an address by Kentucky Deputy Commissioner of Veteran Affairs Heather French Henry. The World War I exhibit will be open Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday afternoon, trolley tours will be offered by Ms. Lily who will host the tours in period costumes. Free horse and carriage rides will also be available, taking passengers near the tennis courts. A street ball classic and tennis tournament will also be held Saturday.

The Augusta Alumni and Friends Dinner will be held at the AIS gymnasium at 6 p.m.

Several childrens activities will be held throughout the weekend, including a Power Wheels race and a Chalk Art Drawing competition. The Power Wheels race is Saturday at 6:30 p.m., beginning at the tennis court and the Chalk Art Drawing contest will be held Sunday at noon at the tennis courts. There will also be a petting zoo, inflatables, tree-climbing at the sycamore tree in the park and a Hot Wheels show and race at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Augusta Heritage Days beauty pageant will be held on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the city park gazebo. It will be hosted by Henry. Participants should register with Amy’s Blue Daisy.

“The 26th anniversary of the largest custom car show in the region will be held on Sunday at the Bracken Creek Boat Dock featuring hundreds of cars competing for trophies,” Tay Kelsch, with the Augusta Rotary Club said. “The trolley will provide free rides from downtown to the boat dock and back every 30 minutes.”

On Sunday, there will be a church service and gospel music in the park offered by Rev. Doug Tucker and the New Life Fellowship Worship team. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m.

A baby show begins at 2 p.m. at the city park gazebo. The baby show is sponsored by Perry Poe Realty and registration is free.

“The ever-popular baby show at the gazebo will provide a great photo opportunity for the family and the 46th annual Frog Derby will be at the intersection of Main and Second streets will conclude the festivities,” Kelsch said.

The Frog Derby will take place at 4 p.m. on Sunday along Main Street.

“Augusta Heritage Days provides a great opportunity during the Labor Day weekend to visit historic Augusta, either for the first time or to see old friends, relax in the new Rotary Park, ride the Augusta ferry, visit the Rosemary Clooney Museum, browse the Art Guild’s gallery, do a wine-tasting at Baker-Bird Winery and dine at local restaurants,” he said.

Christy Howell-Hoots

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