Thursday, June 14, 2001

Horse show merges with Taste of Boone

By Suzanne K. Yowler
Enquirer Contributor

[photo] Matt Simpson (left) and Brandon Heeg adjust the children's roller coaster at Turfway Park as they set up for Celebrate Boone County, USA.
(Patrick Reddy photo)
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        FLORENCE — There will be horses and burgoo at the track, but it's not the Kentucky Derby.

        This is the first year for Celebrate Boone County, USA, which runs today through Sunday at Turfway Park.

        The celebration brings the Burlington Charity Horse Show and the Taste of Boone County to the track.

        “After spending more than 25 years at the Boone County Fairgrounds, the (Burlington Horse) show outgrew the facilities, so Turfway provides a new, expanded venue this year,” said Peggy Taylor, one of the organizers.

        The local Horse and Pony Promotion Association added another day and additional classes to its nonprofit Burlington Charity Horse Show this year.

    • What: Celebrate Boone County, USA.
    • Where: Turfway Park, Florence.
    • When: Horse show: 7 p.m. tonight and Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday; Taste of Boone County: 5-11 p.m. today and Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Craft show: 1-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday.
    • Admission: $3 for adults; free for children under 12.
        The show has earned $15,000 for Easter Seals for the past several years, according to Ms. Taylor. This year, Channel 12 news anchor Rob Braun is honorary chairman and will award ribbons and trophies.

        At Taste of Boone County, entrees go for $2 to $3.

        With nearly 40 crafters, exhibits will include stained glass work, pottery, crystal jewelry, metal wall art, copper garden art and photography. There will also be a silhouette artist and a caricaturist.

        The event also includes a craft show, a visit from the Budweiser Clydesdales, rides, games, paintball, and horse and pony rides, live music, karaoke, a Father's Day Car Show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a 10 p.m. fireworks display.


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