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September in Lawrence County means two things, homecoming and Septemberfest. No matter what the reason, the entire town gathers first at the Homecoming football game at LCHS and they make their way into town for some Rotary Hash or a funnel cake. The entire weekend is spent meeting up at your class reunion and walking main street for the best food on earth.

Louisa Rotary president Chris Jobe said this morning that with the beautiful weather and a huge crowd his group sold completely out of their famous "Bahama Mamas" and Rotary Hash. "We sold over 1,200 Bahama Mamas, and all the hash," Jobe said.

You've come a long way baby! Kelsie May performed at Septemberfest four years ago as a young artist just getting started. Now she is a seasoned young performer who drew a crowd estimated at 2,000 at Saturday night's show. "From checking out of Science Class and performing to tracks to having my own band and dancing like no one's watching. 4 years makes a difference" --Kelsie MayYou've come a long way baby! Kelsie May performed at Septemberfest four years ago as a young artist just getting started. Now she is a seasoned young performer who drew a crowd estimated at 2,000 at Saturday night's show. "From checking out of Science Class and performing to tracks to having my own band and dancing like no one's watching. 4 years makes a difference" --Kelsie May

This year Lawrence County's own Kelsie May was the main attraction taking the stage on Saturday night. As always, Septemberfest was a huge success as thousands gathered to celebrate the occasion together.

“Septemberfest 2017 was a special year. The weather cooperated the entire weekend and assured festival goers a comfortable and fun filled festival," Louisa Mayor Harold Slone said. "I am so proud of our community for the participation in the festival. The committee, the businesses, and vendors all make this possible. Entertainment and a fireworks celebration made this 30th year one to remember.”

 

Tate Stevens,  took the stage after our very own Kelsie May.  He's a country music star who became famous when he won the 2nd season of the X Factor in 2012. Tate Stevens, took the stage after our very own Kelsie May. He's a country music star who became famous when he won the 2nd season of the X Factor in 2012.

 

 

Barney Fiffe made a guest appearance at this year's Septemberfest, shown here with Lynette  See Miller and Elaine See. To see Lazer slide/video click on the pictureBarney Fiffe made a guest appearance at this year's Septemberfest, shown here with Lynette See Miller and Elaine See. To see Lazer slide/video click on the picture

 CLICK HERE FOR LAZER VIDEO/SLIDESHOW 

 

The 2017 Homecoming court :

Lawrence County High School
Homecoming Court 2017

Class Representatives
Freshman Representative Lauren Faith Bradley, escorted by Brock Kessinger
Sophomore Representative Presley Boyer, escorted by Alexander Ratliff
Junior Representative Faith Hamilton, escorted by Austin Roe

Senior Court
Jillian Adams, escorted by Bradley Copley
Haylie Baisden, escorted by Shane Skeens
Chandra Belcher, escorted by Zach Fissler
Madison Cassell, escorted by Bailey Maynard
Victoria Clevenger, escorted by Kade Sword
Adysan Crum, escorted by Blake Jordan
Cassidy Cyrus, escorted by Alex Shortridge
Anna Grayson, escorted by Weston Hardin
Jessica Ramey, escorted by Chase See
Shelby Skeens, escorted by Pacey Howell
Queen
Leiah Deyo, escorted by Braxton Roberts

 

We are looking for pics of these students. If you have any, please email them as j-pegs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will add them to this story. Many of them are shown in the video above.

 

RAIN CAN'T STOP MOUNTAIN HERITAGE DAY IN FT. GAY

 Fort Gay Alumni Association float preparing for the Mountain Heritage Day parade to start Fort Gay Alumni Association float preparing for the Mountain Heritage Day parade to start

Rain could not stop the festivities at the Mountain Heritage Day in Fort Gay , Wv on Saturday September 2, though the turnout was not as it has been in past festivities because of bad weather. But several people braved the rain and cooler temperatures to enjoy a day full of community gathering and fun.

Kenova Fire Engine, a true display of patriotism during the paradeKenova Fire Engine, a true display of patriotism during the parade

The day started at 10:30 am with the parade that had several Firetrucks from Fort Gay, Louisa, and Kenova, followed by the Tolsia High School JROTC, a few floats made by Fort Gay High School Alumni Association, and the town's Area Womans Club, a couple of horses concluded the end of the parade.

 

Tolsia High Schools JROTC displaying their Marching skills during the parade.Tolsia High Schools JROTC displaying their Marching skills during the parade.

 

Activities then directed to the front lawn of the oldHigh School where there was  Magician, Joey Stepp followed by live music by Rachel Messer and the Kings Seven. Vendors with good food and tables with homemade items for sale.  A Quilt show held in the Library, and a car show behind the Community Trust Bank.

On Stage during her performance Singer Rachel Messer and The King's SevenOn Stage during her performance Singer Rachel Messer and The King's Seven

 Lauren Perry at her booth displaying her talent for painting. Lauren Perry at her booth displaying her talent for painting.

John Hardwick of "John Boyz"  Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Q  displaying the towns favorite Ribs and Pulled Pork.John Hardwick of "John Boyz" Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Q displaying the towns favorite Ribs and Pulled Pork.

The Days festivities ended at 7pm with the Fort Gay Area Womans Club hosting the annual FG high school alumni dinner at the Pre K-8 cafeteria.

Ashton Paige Church had her hands full but couldn't wait to sink her teeth into the BBQ so Sylvester Minney lends a hand.Ashton Paige Church had her hands full but couldn't wait to sink her teeth into the BBQ so Sylvester Minney lends a hand.

The Rain did not dampen the community spirit to come out and listen to music, have some good food and visit with family and friends.

                                                                      Story and photos by Tammy S. Napier

SEPTEMBERFEST 2017 PREVIEW

Join us for the "Best Little Festival in Ky"

Lawrence County Septemberfest - an old fashion street festival in downtown Louisa, Ky. Great entertainment, food vendors , parade, crafts & more.

Sep 8 at 5 PM to Sep 9 at 8 PM

Click HERE for Septemberfest details