Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Festival drew what looked like biggest crowd ever

Sam Said of Lexington worked at one of the many food booths.
Main Street in Midway was filled with people, dogs, farm animals and a lot more Saturday and Sunday for the 39th annual Midway Fall Festival. The event displayed local arts and crafts, food, and music. People from all over the area were invited to "an old-fashioned family festival, filled with small town hospitality." While adults shopped the white-top tents and open shops for crafts, clothes and more, the children could take a ride on a mini train, feed various goats and sheep, or careen down a bouncy obstacle course. Even away from Main Street, activity was everywhere. Churches and houses alike had yard sales set up out of their garages. People from all over Central Kentucky flocked to the streets of Midway to experience the weekend festival, and the weather cooperated. Woodford Sun correspondent John McDaniel estimated the two-day crowd at 17,000. Photos and text by Tessa Lighty, University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications
     Children and adults got around the crowded streets of Midway with the Choo-Choo.

    Addison Jarrard of Lawrenceburg performed with the Agility Gymnastics Academy.

     Jim Olive of Lexington played the banjo next to one of the stairs on East Main Street.

Ashlee Vanhoose, right, of Lexington, took a picture of her one-year-old, Casom, at the petting zoo.

     A wide selection of honey was on display at the 39th annual Midway Fall Festival on Sunday.

Oct. 2 forum will include City Council candidates

The Oct. 2 candidate forum at Midway College will include candidates for the Midway City Council, contrary to an earlier Messenger item. The press release from the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce says three of the six council candidates have agreed to participate: Stephen Craig, Libby Warfield and Council Member Sara Hicks. Only six candidates are running for the six council seats, with the withdrawal of Peggy Sharon from the race.

The forum will also include the candidates for mayor, Council Members Sharon Turner and Grayson Vandegrift; Circuit Judge Paul Isaacs and challenger Ethyle Noel; Family Court Circuit Judge Tamra Gormley and challenger Lisa Hart Morgan; and District Judge Vanessa Dickson and challenger Chad Wells.

The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Duthie Auditorium in the Anne Hart Raymond Building. All candidates are welcome to arrive and set up information tables in the lobby at 6 p.m. to talk with guests individually. Candidates are welcome to stay after the event in the lobby area to speak with guests. The forum is sponsored by the chamber, the college and the Midway Woman’s Club.

Construction has started on Midway McDonald's

Ground was broken Monday morning for construction of the McDonald's restaurant in the Green Gables development in the southeast quadrant of the Interstate 64 interchange in Midway. Approval has also been granted for a Subway restaurant. The community still awaits an announcement about a factory that may locate in Midway Station, on the interchange's northeast quadrant. (Photos by Joseph Haydon)

Monday, September 22, 2014

City Council to meet with Versailles; committee meetings called; candidate forum set for Oct. 2

Several special meetings involving the Midway City Council have been called for this week.

The Midway and Versailles city councils will have a joint meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 at the offices of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, 300 N. Main St., Versailles, to discuss issues related to cooperation among governments.

Shortly before that, the Midway council will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23 regarding roof replacement bids for the Rau Building, which houses City Hall.

The Cemetery, City Property and Ordinance/Policy Committee of the Midway council will meet Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. to discuss a request for a mausoleum in the Midway Cemetery.

The special committee appointed by the mayor will meet Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Midway Branch Library to discuss the common area of Northridge Estates.

The other committee meetings will be held at City Hall, 101 E. Main St. All council and committee meetings are open to the public.

In a related matter, the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce has announced details of its second forum for political candidates, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2 in the auditorium of the Raymond Building at Midway College. Candidates for mayor, district judge, family court judge and circuit judge have agreed to appear. There will be no forum for city council because the withdrawal of Peggy Sharon as a candidate has left six candidates seeking six seats. The forum is also sponsored by the college and the Midway Woman's Club.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Midway Fall Festival is Saturday and Sunday

They're not quite sure if it's the 39th or the 40th, but the people of Midway are proud of their Fall Festival, and with good reason. It usually has great weather, big crowds, good entertainment and other attractions. It runs Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11 to 5.

Midway merchants are promoting the downtown event as the 40th annual, but John McDaniel, the Midway correspondent for The Woodford Sun, reported this week that he discovered that the first festival was actually held on June 26, 1976, as Midway Bicentennial Saturday. It was "so much fun that it became an annual event," McDaniel wrote.

The R.J. Corman Railroad Co. wasn't able to fulfill its plans for a dinner train to Midway and maybe Frankfort a few years ago, but it will have a dining car from its Lexington-Versailles dinner train on display Saturday. The steam engine it usually brings is under repair.

Here's the entertainment schedule for Saturday: 10 a.m., Midway Children’s Choir; 12:30 p.m., Bark Alley band; 1:45, Jones Family Band; 3 p.m., Aaron Hamilton Project, a jazz band with Midway Council Member Aaron Hamilton. on Sunday, Billy and Lauren Hill will play at 1:15 p.m. and the Wildcat Cloggers will entertain at 2:15. For more information see www.MidwayFallFestival.org.

Kevin Locke renamed to state housing-building board

Gov. Steve Beshear has reappointed Midway architect Kevin Locke to a four-year term on the Kentucky Board of Housing, Building and Construction. Locke, of Ross Tarrant Architects of Lexington, represents the Kentucky Society of Architects.

Council OKs deal to help Lexington project, hears it could help finance Midway Station development

The Midway City Council unanimously approved a resolution Friday morning to create a nonprofit corporation that can sell tax-exempt bonds for projects that use tax-increment financing, a scheme that uses most of the tax revenue generated by a project to pay off the project's debt.

The proposal was made by the Kentucky League of Cities to help finance the CentrePointe development in the heart of downtown Lexington, but it could help Midway and developer Dennis Anderson turn the long-dormant Midway Station into the commercial and residential area he has envisioned for six years.

Mayor Tom Bozarth read a letter from Anderson saying that he intends to ask for tax-increment financing to redo the public infrastructure in the 185 acres north of Interstate 64. Monday night, Anderson estimated that cost at $31 million.

Bozarth said John Soper, chair of the Woodford County Economic Development Authority, which owns the property, told him that EDA is also supportive of the TIF idea. Bozarth is president of the League of Cities this year.

Temple Juett, attorney for the League of Cities, said Midway would have no liability if the CentrePointe project of developer Dudley Webb fails. "It's a little risky," he said. Webb attorney Darby Turner said most the bonds for the project will probably be bought by bond funds and mutual funds.

Council Member Bruce Southworth said, "I'm not against it, but what's in it for us?" Bozarth said creation of the nonprofit corporation would create another option for Anderson "or anyone else who wants to do development in Midway." He said it would not affect the city's bonding authority.