State park ready to start summer with a bang

Published 11:01 am Friday, May 26, 2017

With summer just around the corner and the long Memorial Day weekend starting tonight, a season full of outdoor activities is on tap.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, just across the Kentucky River from Clark County, is ready to welcome summer, though the weather may not cooperate. Park manager Rob Minerich said the campground is completely booked.

The pool is scheduled to open Saturday morning and, following the holiday weekend, assume its regular Wednesday through Sunday schedule.

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The annual 18th Century Trading Days, where craftspeople will be selling period goods while in era-correct clothing, are also this weekend.

The event is similar to the park’s winter trade days, he said. This weekend, more than a dozen vendors are expected.

“They’ll have different hides and horns, 18th-Century flintlock rifles, clothing and a lot of the tools they used, different foods and cooking utensils,” he said.

A new event this weekend will be an RV show in the big field at the park. Minerich said Bluegrass RV Supercenter will have a holiday weekend sale through June 4 with more than 100 examples at the park.

“Its a range from Class A motorhomes down to pop-up campers,” he said. “It’s really neat.”

The park’s river museum will also open this weekend for tours, starting its weekend schedule which will continue through Labor Day weekend, he said.

The real variable this weekend is the weather, as forecasts call for heavy chances of thunderstorms both Saturday and Sunday.

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