Weekend’s offerings fill block on calendar

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By Jeff Moore

Have you ever wanted to test how much you can squeeze into that little box they give a day on a calendar?

Even the biggest calendar or the person with the smallest handwriting will find it difficult to fit in the array of events that are happening here this Saturday.

To start the day, there will be a pancake breakfast, followed by an antique tractor show, an authentic Scottish cultural celebration, a community festival, a race at the Sparta speedway and a demolition derby. Plus, before you leave the house, don’t forget to leave a bag of food at the mail box for the Stamp Out Hunger drive.

You can see what I mean. There are so many activities on tap that you can leave the house at 8 a.m. and not make it back home until after midnight.

While that might be a little much, take your pick of these events and enjoy the day.

Pancake breakfast. Carrollton Rotary Club will be serving breakfast from 6-10 a.m. at Carroll County High School to raise funds for its scholarship program. Tickets are $5 each. Rotarians will be serving up pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk and juice.

Pioneer Power Tractor Club Show. This show gets underway on Friday and continues through the day Saturday with antique tractors, music, food and a family fun. Tractors will also take part in parades through Carrollton during the day. The event is free.

Kentucky Scottish Weekend. Set for General Butler State Resort Park, this event is set for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be clan gatherings, Scottish athletic competition, vendors, a British car show, pipe band competition, highland dancing, a coyote run, Allan Miller’s border collies, massed band performances and folk singer Alex Beaton. Admission is $15 per person, $14 for senior citizens and $3 for children ages 6-12.

Prestonville Day. This day-long annual festival will be held at Community Feed and Seed in Prestionville. It features food, music, inflatables, a petting zoo, pony rides, booths from a variety of vendors and raffles. Presented by the Carroll County Tobacco Festival Committee and Paul’s Tire, tickets will be on sale for the annual Artic Cat raffle during the event.

ARCA race. Kentucky Speedway opens its 2009 season with the running of the Drive Smart. Buckle-Up! Kentucky 150. Gates open at 3 p.m., with a concert by Chuck Wicks at 6 p.m. Racing is set to begin at 8 p.m.

Demolition Derby. The annual Spring Bash Demolition Derby is set for Carroll County Fairgrounds, beginning at 6 p.m. Events will include 1980 and newer cars, compact cars, a compact figure eight and a lawnmower heat.

Stamp Out Hunger. Letter carriers throughout Carroll County — Carrollton, Ghent, Sanders and Worthville — will be taking part in the 17th annual food collection day in what has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

Its simple to take part in this food drive. Fill a sturdy bag with non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rise and cereal next to your mailbox. Everything donated will go to the Carroll County Ministerial Association’s food panty that is located at St. John’s Catholic Church.

After getting that bag ready for the food drive, get out there and make the most of this weekend.

For events happening the remainder of the year, be sure to pull out the Destinations and Diversions booklet that’s inside today’s newspaper. It is filled with activities happening in Carroll County and the region. There is clearly something on this year’s schedule for every taste.

We can all be proud to live in a community where you can’t say there’s nothing to do.

Jeff Moore is publisher of The News-Democrat and The Trimble Banner and resides in Carrollton.