This year, due to Covid-19, in an abundance of caution we have tearfully and prayerfully decided that it would be a disservice to our community as a whole if we continue with our plans for our traditional Oldham County Day Festival and Parade. Please understand that this is not a decision we made lightly. We still plan to honor Oldham County on the 3rd Saturday in July, but it will not look the same as in years past. Please visit back in the future to see what we have planned.
Always the third Saturday in July
Oldham County Day is the brainchild of the late Nancy Crass, a Project Guild member and longtime La Grange resident. The event began in 1971 and now boasts more than 120 booths, live music and a vibrant parade filled with hometown pride. Proceeds from booth space fuel Project Guild’s year-round commitment to community support.
We start the week with our Grand Marshal Luncheon at The John Black Center the Tuesday before Oldham County Day.
Watch the parade in Downtown LaGrange near the Courthouse Square on Saturday morning (Be sure to have a spot picked out and ready to go as it starts at 10:00am). The parade route usually begins near LaGrange Elementary School on 5th Avenue, takes a left on Main Street, takes a left on Walnut Street, and then down Jefferson to end at Jefferson and 4th Avenue one block from the elementary school. Anticipate seeing the Grand Marshall, local school marching bands, tractors, horses, fire trucks, church, local business and other group floats that match the parade’s theme for the year. Kids are also invited to decorate their bikes and ride in the parade!
Check out the booths on the courthouse square. Many of the booths feature local businesses and organizations in the Oldham County area. Meet local politicians, learn more about locally owned businesses, churches, maybe get a freebie or enter a raffle! Food and drinks are also on the courthouse square. In the past, a lot of the booths had kid-friendly giveaways (like Dairy Queen ice cream coupons), bounce houses and balloon artists and visitors saw living statues. It’s definitely worth checking out the courthouse square and surrounding attractions after the parade!
There is a lot of entertainment planned before and after the parade. Listen to music while you’re at the festival. There is a great lineup of various artists. Head to LaGrange Christian Church for children’s activities.
Kick off the celebration on Friday night a the City of Lagrange Street Dance. Food trucks and music 6-10pm at the North 2nd Street Gazebo.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning at the LaGrange Community Center on Jefferson Street 7-10:30am. There is a cost for the breakfast but it goes to support the LaGrange Rotary Club.
Arrive early for parking! You can also sometimes find parking along the side streets surrounding the square and some local residents open their property.