Project Guild announces the 2014 Oldham County Day grand marshals

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The Project Guild of La Grange, a non-profit supporting community endeavors throughout Oldham County, will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year by honoring the organization’s founding members.

Project Guild of La Grange was founded in August 1964, with 14 young homemakers as charter members – Linda Abbott, Pat Ashbrook, the late Linda Brown, Judy Cox, the late Joyce Crouch, Marcia Crouch, Charlotte Harrod, Peggy Hayden, Beverly Houchin, Helen Howard, Betty Leet, Wanda McHargue, Wendy Roberts and Jackie Chadwell.

The original purpose of the organization was to enable local residents to serve as assets to each other and to Oldham County. The organization is best-known for its annual community celebration, Oldham County Day, launched by Project Guild in 1971. Oldham County Day – always the third Saturday in July – is designed to celebrate community pride and to create fun for all ages, a reunion for classmates and neighbors and a source of income for local charities and service organizations.

This year, Oldham County Day takes place Saturday, July 19. Project Guild chooses a grand marshal by way of nominations from the community and honors an individual during a luncheon prior to Oldham County Day.

Members of Project Guild recently selected its 14 founding members to serve as grand marshals of the Oldham County Day Parade.

To celebrate 50 years of service to Oldham County, members of Project Guild recently selected its 14 founding members to serve as parade grand marshals, with the theme, “Remember the Time.”

The Oldham County Day parade features marching bands and athletes from North Oldham, Oldham County and South Oldham High Schools. Thousands line Jefferson Street, First Street and Main to enjoy the parade. Parade participants are asked to register online. For information, visit OldhamCountyDay.com or call Teresa Kinney, (502) 222-2665.

The annual celebration has spawned several accompanying events, including “Dancing in the Street” concerts hosted in past years by the City of La Grange, the Oldham County YMCA’s Friday night 5K Festival Race, a children’s carnival at La Grange Christian Church, events at the Oldham County History Center and the La Grange Rotary Club’s Saturday morning pancake breakfast.

Project Guild funnels proceeds from Oldham County Day back to the community. During the past five decades, members of Project Guild of La Grange have supported many community projects in Oldham County through volunteerism and financial support. Success of Project Guild’s signature event, Oldham County Day, allows the organization to contribute to projects that benefit Oldham County residents of all ages.

Oldham County Day is the brainchild of the late Nancy Crass, a Project Guild member and longtime La Grange resident. The event now boasts more than 120 booths, a staged high-noon gunfight, live music, a farmers’ market and parade. Proceeds from booth space fuel Project Guild’s year-round commitment to community support. To reserve booth space, visit OldhamCountyDay.com or call Becky Brown, (502) 241-7797.

Project Guild has seen many changes in its history. What began as a group of 14 young homemakers now celebrates 18 women of all seasons of life who are focused on the same mission that first brought the group together in 1964 - to make Oldham County a better place to live.

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