Jessamine Fall Festival a success

Published 11:30 am Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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The annual Jessamine County Fall Festival has wrapped up, and according to the organizers, every day at the City-County Fairgrounds had a lively showing.

“It turned out great! We had several thousand people in attendance. Friday was poor weather, so it was slower. But Saturday was jam-packed and a lot of fun and a lot of people. It was good,” said Ann Nipp, one of the event organizers.

Nipp said the group does not have numbers yet, but everyone is working quickly to “wrap everything up.”

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She noted that the final ticket sale numbers won’t be available for another few days.

The Jessamine County Homeless Coalition (JCHC) organizes the fall festival each year. The JCHC funds the event 100% and uses the profits to pay for any leftover expenses. The rest of the profits go to two local organizations that the Nicholasville City Commission previously approved.

Stable Recovery and the Jessamine County Food Pantry will be recipients this year.

The festival had about 60 volunteers from Jessamine County who set up each day’s activities. All of them came from local recovery facilities and sober living homes.

“So, they can get their community service hours but also give back to our community!” Nipp said.

In terms of activities, the fall festival had plenty to do this year- especially now that it is no longer hosted downtown.

“We had a lot of crafts and resale booths, and I think many people enjoyed shopping. You saw a lot of people walking around after they purchased crafts and a lot of good food trucks and kids’ activities,” Nipp said.”There was plenty to do and lots of animals. And the carnival was a good addition to have right there with all of the vendors, so plenty to do with the family for sure.”

The festival will be back next year, and the dates for that event will be announced within the next week. Keep an eye on the Jessamine Fall Festival Facebook page to stay updated on the next fall festival.