Bardstown Arts, Crafts &Antiques Fair returns this weekend

The 39th annual Bardstown Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair will starts this Saturday with hundreds of vendors, live entertainment, regional and state artistry, food and a celebration of local.

“I am looking forward to the craft festival of this year and seeing what our creative vendors will have to offer,” said Ms. Randi Mouser, executive director of the Bardstown Main Street Program, heading the event.

Mouser also said 2019’s  festival will have 250 craft and retail vendors as well as 23 food vendors, including 100 vendors that are new to the event. Some newer items at this year’s festival will include handmade fairy houses, vintage automotive items repurposed into décor and lighting, bird feeders made from recycled tires, and many other unique creations.

The festival, sponsored again by LG&E and KU this year, will take place around Spalding Hall Lawn, extending into North Fourth and Fifth Street and other side areas. There will be Kids Zone, a seating area, and Bardstown Rotary Club will offer a Beer Garden again. As usual, food vendors will be spread throughout the festival, rather than collected in one area.

Mouser said that last year they spread the food vendors around and visitors all liked that idea, so they kept it the same for this year.

This year’s layout includes expanded booth space through the Recreation Department parking lot. The Recreation Department will also host an indoor vendor fair to coincide with the whole festival.

The festival will take place from10 a.m. to 6 p.m. of Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. of Sunday. The festival’s entry is free but it might cost to park in some lots. You can find nformation, including a map of vendor locations at the Hospitality Tent on Spalding Hall Lawn.

The following roads will close beginning at 5 p.m. Friday:

  • North Fifth Street from St. Joe parking lot to West Broadway
  • West Flaget Avenue from North Fourth Street to North Fifth Street
  • Xavier Drive
  • North Fourth Street from West Flaget to West Broadway
  • Vehicles should not be parked on these streets during the closure.