Don't bypass Swallowfield this weekend

By PHILIP CASE State Journal Columnist Published:

Once you've visited the massive Kentucky Folklife Festival in downtown Frankfort and learned about Kentucky's diversity, maybe you'd like something a bit more laid back ... as they say ... out in the country .

The sixth annual Swallowfield Days is set for Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m., in this tiny northern Franklin County community on old U.S. 127. Where once every vehicle going from or coming to Frankfort from that direction passed through the hamlet, now pretty much only those who live, worship or have relatives there travel that spur of the road.

"Pretty much that's why we started this event," said Pete Wise, who himself lives in Thorn Hill but has deep roots in Swallowfield. "Charlie Brown was pastor of the Church of Christ and he found every time he invited someone to his church they'd say 'Where's Swallowfield?'

"We talked and he suggested we have a festival to show them where Swallowfield is."

The first one, said Wise (who attends the Baptist church), was in 1998. It's continued every year since.

"Charlie left about three years ago and is in West Virginia now," Wise said, "and I thought maybe we'd just let Swallowfield Days go because there's really a lot of work to putting one of these things on.

"But several people wanted it to continue, so we did."

Officially the event is sponsored by the Swallowfield Baptist Church, but the effort required to make it happen crosses, shall we say, "... denominational lines."

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