Jessamine Fall Festival to offer weekend fun

Published 10:00 am Friday, October 14, 2022

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By Gillian Stawiszynski

Contributing Writer

Have all of the horror movies been watched? Are the nearby orchards clean out of the pretty pumpkins? Are the haunted houses simply too much for you?

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Don’t fret. The Jessamine Fall Festival is here to continue the fall fun. From Wednesday, October 12 to Saturday, October 15, the Jessamine County Homeless Coalition has organized several jam-packed events that residents of all ages can enjoy.

The Jessamine Fall Festival Carnival will take place at the City-County Park Fairgrounds from Wednesday to Saturday. Gates will open at 5 p.m. from Wednesday to Friday and noon on Saturday. There will be plenty of rides, carnival games, and traditional American carnival foods. One-day tickets are $20 at the gate for unlimited ride access, but you can pre-order tickets on their website at for $15.

The street festival will happen on Friday, October 14, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown Nicholasville on York Street. There will be vendors for food, fine arts, crafts, a corn maze on Saturday, and live music on both festival days. The performing bands are Five Below Band, Elvis Cocktail, WhyRedBird, and Men of a Certain Age.

Saturday is the busiest day in terms of activities. Join the car show from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Edgewood Baptist Church, visit the CBD Pharmacy Night Market from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and for the kids, there is a Trunk or Treat at Christ Embassy from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Parking for the festival is available everywhere: in public parking lots, church parking lots, and street parking outside of the street festival area.

There will also be a parade starting at 10 a.m. on Lake Street and ending at the Kroger off Kimberly Heights Drive. Roads will be closed by 9:30, so be sure to get parked before then. The Jessamine Fall Festival website has a signup form with varying prices depending on whether you want to enter a walking group, a float, or a performer.

Outside of festival expenses, any funds from vendor fees, business sponsorships, and ticket proceeds will be donated this year to the Jessamine County Homeless Shelter, Phoenix Grace Children’s Home, & Breaking Free Ministries.

For more information on the festival, head to or follow the group on Facebook. If you’re interested in joining the festival planning committee next year, keep an eye out on the group’s Facebook page.