New holiday events schedule announced

With the Daniel Boone Festival behind them, City officials are already finalizing plans for the upcoming holiday season, beginning of course with Halloween.

At the October meeting of the Barbourville Tourist and Recreation Commission, board member, and Chairman of Knox Co. Operation UNITE, Claudia Greenwood, gave an update for the City’s plans. The annual Fright Night will once again take place in downtown Barbourville. In line with the County’s decision to permit Trick-or-Treating on Halloween day, Fright Night will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Courthouse Square will be closed to traffic and local business owners and organizations are encouraged to set up and hand out candy.

“A lot of people have inquired as to who is in charge,” said Greenwood, “no one is really in charge, just come set up a table wherever you want and give out candy, fliers, whatever you choose to do. There will probably be a thousand kids come.”

Operation UNITE is also sponsoring a crowd favorite to return and entertain the crowd.

“We’re going have Remix come from Lexington again,” said Greenwood. “They’re very high energy, involve the kids, and send out drug prevention messages through out their presentation.”

The commission also discussed plans for this year’s Christmas in Barbourville. The two-day event will take place downtown Dec. 1-2, kicking off with the Christmas Bazaar on Friday morning. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m to 3 p.m. on Saturday, local artists and crafters will set up booths at First Baptist Church of Barbourville on North Main Street, giving patrons a chance to do some Christmas shopping. The official Tree Lighting will take place Friday night on the Courthouse Square.

The annual I Believe In Santa Claus Parade will take place 6 p.m. Saturday evening.