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Fall festivals come to Oldham County this weekend

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Wondering what to do this weekend? There's plenty of family-friendly fun right here in Oldham County.

La Grange Railroad Festival & Burgoo Cookoff

Festivities kickoff Friday with The Allen Lane Band performing 7-9 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. Lead singer Allen Lane is an integral part of this year’s railroad festival.

On Saturday, festivities are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting with a Kids’ Choo Choo Sidewalk Parade will take place around the courthouse lawn. 

The festival includes a burgoo cook-off & tasting, model train displays & swap meet, live steamer train rides for kids,  multimedia train art exhibit at Gallery 104 and a cornhole tournament with cash prizes. 

Burgoo tasting for the People’s Choice Award begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, and cooks have the chance to sell burgoo for $3 per cup after judging is complete.  

A Saturday staple – the La Grange Farmers’ Market – will welcome visitors as usual from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the courthouse lawn. 

For details, including participation info for the kids’ sidewalk parade and cornhole tournament, visit  www.LaGrangeRailroadFestival.com.

La Grange Fire and Rescue Auxiliary Halloween and Safety Festival

A costume contest and trick-or-treating are paired with a safety festival on Saturday. Free activities for kids include a fire safety house, electrical safety demonstration "mini-city," stranger danger and personal safety demonstrations, sitting inside police cars, ambulances and fire trucks and child fingerprinting.

Bounce houses, crafts, games and hay rides are also scheduled. Admission is free but there is a $5 charge for parking that benefits the Crusade for Children.

The event is 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Oldham County Fairgrounds.

For details, visit www.lfrd.org.

Foxhollow Farm Fall Festival

Fifth-annual Fall Festival at Foxhollow Farm. 

Pick-your-own pumpkin patch, live music, old-fashioned carnival games, farm-fresh food, horse shoes, cornhole, hay and horse rides. 

11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 13, at Foxhollow Farm, Crestwood.

For details, visit www.foxhollow.com

‘Our Good Earth’ Gala

A new fundraiser for St. Francis School. 

Farm-to-table family-style featuring Susan Hershberg of Wiltshire Pantry. 

Includes live and silent auctions and a dessert reception. 

7 p.m. Oct. 13 at St. Francis Goshen. 

For details, visit www.bidpal.net/stfrancis

Later this month:

Downtown Trick-or-Treat 

Visit the shops, restaurants and other businesses on La Grange’s Main Street for some Halloween fun! 

12-6 p.m. Oct. 27

For details, visit www.discoverlagrange.org

Boo Dell

Boo Dell at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, Crestwood. 

Trail-O-Treats and Mr. Magic are part of a fun, fright-free Halloween affair in collaboration with the Oldham County Public Library. 

Free admission, parking $5 per car. 

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, Crestwood.

For details, visit www.yewdellgardens.org

Ballardsville Fire Halloween Extravaganza

Halloween Extravaganza and the Ballardsville Fire and Rescue’s 60th anniversary open house. 

Trunk-or-treat, car cruise, haunted barn and more. 

Oct. 28, time to be determined, at Ballardsville Fire and Rescue, Ballardsville.

For details, visit www.ballardsvillefire.com

Chili Cook-Off 

Hosted by La Grange Coffee Roasters. 

Bring your own homemade chili and a chair. Prizes include locally-roasted coffee and related products. 

Or, just come by to taste-test and cast your vote!

12 p.m., Oct. 27 at La Grange Coffee Roasters, La Grange.

For details, visit www.smellthesmoke.net

All month:

The Spirits of La Grange Ghost Tours

A popular tour for locals and visitors. Combining a historical aspect to introductions to our “spirits,” you can learn all about the “uptown” area.

The tours help raise money for Discover Downtown La Grange, and helps in its efforts to continually preserve historic buildings and revitalize Main Street. 

Saturdays at 7 p.m., meet at the Oldham County History Center. $18 per person. Each tour is about 90 minutes long. 

 For details, visit www.discoverlagrange.org