Happy Birthday, Boone County!

Celebrate 225 Years of Boone County: FREE Event June 1

Boone County is celebrating its 225th anniversary on Saturday, June 1 with a free, all-day event at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Festivities kick off at noon and last until after the last firework pops (around 10:15 p.m.) The event promises to be a fun-filled day with activities for everyone.

Live Music
Sit back, relax and enjoy the sounds of several different performers—each bringing a unique flavor of Boone County.

  • Florence Community Band, Lents Stage at 12 p.m.
  • Florence Christian Band, Lents Stage at 1 p.m.
  • Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers, Lents Stage at 2 p.m.
  • Rabbit Hash String Band, Lents Stage at 3:30 p.m.

And what’s live music in Boone County without a little square dancing? The Rabbit Hash String Band will have square dancers with them, and the audience is encouraged to join in the fun.

The music will continue into the evening with headliners performing at the Midway.

  • Dave Lewis and DJ Adkins take the stage at 6 p.m.
  • John Morgen plays from 8-9 p.m.

Kids’ Activities
Activities for the young and young-at-heart are scheduled throughout the day. Here’s a small sampling of what families can expect:

  • Face painting
  • Balloon artist
  • Games

Touch-A-Truck will be happening all day long at the Midway. All types of trucks and equipment will be on display, including:

  • Boone County Water Rescue Boat
  • Boone County Water Rescue Mobile Command Center
  • Steamboat (courtesy of Tom Schiffer)
  • Skid steer (Boone County Parks)
  • Vacuum excavator (Florence Public Services)
  • Camera truck (Florence Public Services)
  • Mini excavator (Newman Tractor)
  • And many others.

A Fishing Derby is also scheduled from 2-4 p.m. at the fishing pond at the Fairgrounds. The derby is free of charge, and fishing licenses are not needed to participate. The Fly Fisherman’s Group will also be providing tackle and poles for use during the event, enabling anyone to participate.

There will be several performances taking place across the Fairgrounds all day.

  • Don and Esther Drewry offer a window into life before and during the American Revolution. Stop by the Floral Hall anytime between 12 and 6 p.m. to watch presentations and reenactments of the Drewrys in their colonial dress.
  • Quilt Presentation, led by the Cooperative Extension and Homemakers Group, will share tips and techniques of quilting, and display the official Boone County 225th Anniversary quilt.
  • Sons of American Revolution will lead a parade across the Fairgrounds starting at 1 p.m. Their presentation includes a musket demonstration and artifacts from the Revolutionary War in a replica encampment.
  • The Young Guns Drill Team will perform at 3 p.m. in the 4H Arena. This group of equestrians, aged 9-18, perform choreographed routines on horseback and often show off advanced skills – like standing on their saddles.

Food & Shopping
Visitors will have plenty to see and do between performances.

  • Grab a sweet treat, cool drink or delicious entrée at one of the many food trucks dotted around the Fairgrounds.
  • Peruse goods from local vendors, including crafts, jewelry, homemade treats and much more.
  • Visit the Farmer’s Market and shop local produce and goods.
  • Get to know community organizations and the services and programs available in our county.

End the Night With a Bang
Boone County’s 225th Anniversary Celebration will come to a close with a 20-minute firework show. Be sure to join us at the fairgrounds by 9:45 to catch the display worthy of a 225th birthday.

(View the complete schedule.)



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