If you are within driving distance of the Bluegrass, you could spend this holiday weekend at the Heartland Festival in Elizabethtown, KY.
The Kentucky Heartland Festival is August 29-30, celebrating its 26th anniversary in 2008. (Coincidentally, my daughter is 26. We traveled up from Huntsville in 1982, bringing her to see all her Kentucky kin and the first festival. I still remember her face as she watched her first fireworks display.)
The festival is held at Freeman Lake Park in Elizabethtown each year during the last full weekend in August. Freeman Lake Park, located on 31W North, provides an outdoor setting ideal for festival events. Balloon races, craft demonstrations and more are part of the festival. The park also has a log cabin like the one owned by Abraham Lincoln’s father Thomas and his stepmother Sarah Bush Johnston. My kids used to love touring that log cabin during the festival.
Then on September 1, drive up the Dixie Highway for the Civil War Living History Program at the CIVIL WAR FORT DUFFIELD in historic West Point, Kentucky (still in Hardin County, but on the Ohio River) on the Dixie Hwy. (U.S. 31W) at Salt River Drive. It will run from Noon until 6 PM, with Union and Confederate Reenactors, Encampments, tours and presentations at Kentucky’s largest and best preserved earthen fortification.