This weekend will be bustling with activity in both Richmond and Berea.
From a celebration of a historic train station in Berea to Special Olympics competitions in Richmond, check out the following events designed to appeal to all ages and interests.
Special Olympics to feature more than 1,300
More than 1,300 athletes are expected to compete in this year’s state summer special olympic games. The games will open Friday at 7 p.m. with a parade of athletes and the Law Enforcement Torch Run, with more than 70 law enforcement volunteers from throughout the state participating.
The main events begin Saturday morning, with athletes competing in track and field, swimming, bocce, flag football and rhythmic gymnastics. Saturday will also feature Olympic Town, which has several activities for athletes as well as families. Olympic Town also features the Healthy Athletes Wellness Village, where athletes can receive free dental, vision and podiatric evaluations.
Fishing Derby hosted at Lake Reba
Saturday the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department, along with Madison County 4-H and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, will host the Free Kid’s Fishing Derby at the Lake Reba Boat Dock to promote fishing as a sport.
Fishing will take place from 8:30-11 a.m. Children 16 and under are invited, but must be accompanied by an adult and they must have their own fishing equipment. Door prizes will be given to lucky participants throughout the event.
14th Annual L&N Day
The Berea Welcome Center, housed in the last brick train station on the former L&N line between Cincinnati and Knoxville, will celebrate the 14th annual L&N Day on Saturday.
The event will feature model trains, railroad items for sale and show and a chance to chat with former railroad employees.
Exhibits will be displayed by the L&N Historical Society and Operation Lifesaver, a public education program to prevent collisions, injuries and fatalities on and around railroad tracks.
The event runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and there is no charge for admission. For details, called (800) 598-5263 or emails firstname.lastname@example.org.
6th Annual Blast from the Past Car Show
“Ooh and ahh” at street rods, originals, rat rods, motorcycles and more at this Berea Volunteer Fire Department benefit at the Russel Acton Folk Center.
Guests may listen to the sounds of DJ Charlie Napier while munching on some pizza or a hot dog served by your local volunteer firefighters.
Beginning at 8 a.m., a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy. will be served. The breakfast is free but donations are welcome.
The car show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and no admission is charged. A $12 registration fee applies to all vehicles participating in the show.
For details, call the president of the Berea Volunteer Firefighter Association, Will Grover, at (859) 302-1513.
Kentucky Guild of Artists & Craftsmen Spring Fair
Walk under a canopy of trees and listen to strolling musicians Saturday and Sunday while browsing the artwork of more than 100 juried Kentucky artisans and craftsmen at this annual spring art fair.
The event is located at the Indian Fort Theater, just three miles east of Berea on KY 21 (GPS coordinates are 2047.5 Big Hill Road).
The fair is scheduled 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children age 12 and under.
The guild’s fall fair will be October 12-13 at the Indian Fort. For details, call 986-3192.