by Greg Smith, 2013 Crescent Hill Community Council president
(from the Fall 2013 Crescent Hill Community Council newsletter)
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported our two-day Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned 4th of July Festival. For those of you who were there on Thursday, July 4, you know it was a wet and rainy day.
Even through all the rain, however, hundreds of neighbors came out to enjoy the festival activities. At times on Thursday, pathways were covered by a sea of umbrellas, parted in places by a few ponchos.
The muddy spots failed to dampen the spirits of these feisty festival goers, and by Friday the weather had turned in our favor just in time for the pet show, children’s field games, and a live broadcast of The Kentucky Homefront Live Radio Show with host John Gage.
The weather did force us to cancel our fireworks show on the 4th itself, but we were able to launch an even more spectacular show on Friday, July 5. As in years past, the lawn was filled with neighbors from all corners of our vibrant community. It was a real blast!
Thanks to our sponsors who helped make it all happen: First Capital Bank of Kentucky, Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh, and D.D. Williamson, without whose support, we couldn’t do what we do.
Special thanks also to Masonic Homes of Kentucky, Harrod Concrete, D.W. Silks, and Kentucky Homefront.
A shout out also must go to our friends at The Peterson-Dumesnil House Foundation and the Frankfort Avenue Business Association. They helped to continue a great tradition in Crescent Hill.
And a HUGE thank you to all the many volunteers who worked through the rain, the mud, the toil; and the tears, the cheers and the beers to make it all happen! Kathy Creech, who chaired the Art Fair; Kathy King, who ran the Cake Booth; Melissa Mershon, who coordinated our volunteers; Barry Creech, who did anything he was asked; Ellen Diebold who chaired our Pet Show; Danny Fielden and Jerry Fielden, who ran the food booth; Rich Gerring, who provided our first-ever fried fish; Barb McGee, who set up the historical displays; Janine Linder, who provided all of our publicity; George Kaelin, who helped with barricades; Bill Ottman, who helped with grounds setup; Brian Butler and David Fountain, who helped with finance; Jon Schenkenfelder and Rosie Scott, who chaired the silent auction; Jason Seibert, who pulled off the parade in the rain; Joe Winkie, who launched a spectacular fireworks display; Terrian Barnes, who created our first ever Compassion Trees; John Johnson, who ran the beer booth . . . and so many more that I can’t list them all. THANK YOU!
Although crowds were down from last year, neighbors and friends still enjoyed perusing the wonderful artist booths, listening to some outstanding music, showing off their pets, and, of course, fantastic fellowship over a few brats and a cold beer.
We’re already planning for 2014! It will be a Friday/Saturday celebration on July 4/5, 2014! Let’s hope the weather will be cool AND dry!
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