Weekend Outlook: Plenty of food, fun coming up

It’s going to be a busy weekend in Winchester with a pair of fundraisers, a grand opening and a summer history lesson.

North Main Street is home to three of those events Saturday, including the fifth annual Holy Smokes BBQ Festival and Contest. The event is part of, and a fundraiser for, the Winchester-Clark County Farmers’ Market on Depot Street. The market opens at 8 a.m., though barbecue from local pitmasters will be available at 11 a.m. while supplies last.

Competitors are pursuing awards in four categories: chicken, pork ribs, brisket and pork (Boston butt, picnic or whole shoulder) for prices of $1,000 for first, $500 for second and $250 for third.

Depot Street will be closed until 4 p.m. Saturday for the festival, which includes live music and entertainment as well.

A couple blocks away, Dirty South Pottery is offering ice cream in handmade bowls to raise funds for the Clark County Homeless Coalition. Dirty South and nearly a dozen other potters made more than 300 bowls for the event. For a $12 ticket, people can choose their own bowl (which they keep) and get a scoop of ice cream of their choice in that bowl.

The funds will help start substance abuse counseling within the CCHC shelter.

The event begins at noon at Dirty South, 38 N. Main St.

Across the street, the Winchester Art Guild is scheduled to open its new location at 31 N. Main St. There will be a grand opening and ribbon cutting for Arts on Main at 10 a.m. The storefront will offer creations from local Winchester Art Guild members.

Beginning at 2 p.m., Fort Boonesborough State Park will host the latest in its Cool History on Hot Days series with a program by local historian Harry Enoch. This week’s program will be on Morgan’s Station, which was the site of the last Indian raid in Kentucky. Enoch previously said learning about the raid sparked his interest in local history and research.

The programs continue through the month with Bill Farmer speaking about “All Things Natural” On Aug. 11, Emily Burns as frontier midwife Betty Harper on Aug. 18 and Jon Hagee about Scots and Irish music on Aug. 25.

The history programs are included with regular admission to the fort, which is $8 for adults, $6 for children 6 to 12 and free for children younger than 6. For more information, go to www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.com.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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