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Festival of the Horse
This festival runs from Sept. 10 to 12.
Live music will take centerstage for the Festival of the Horse, with several marquee headliners planned for the Country Boy Stage on Courthouse Square. Food, crafts and display booths, carnival rides and midway, local and regional musicians performing throughout downtown and the festival’s signature events – the Colt & Filly Review Parade, Toyota’s Grand Parade of Horses and the Horse Show – will keep the weekend lively. Setting all the fun in motion will be the annual Chili Cook-off, planned for Sept. 9.
“Plan on lots of outstanding music and entertainment, plus a parade led by our sister-city friends and so much more,” said Lee Carter, chairman of the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission.
Honor our sister-city
The Mayor of Tahara, Japan, will be the Grand Marshal of Toyota’s Grand Parade of Horses. He will be accompanied by other dignitaries from Georgetown’s sister-city as both cities come together to celebrate a decades-long friendship and their common bonds.
A garden planted in friendship
As an homage to Tahara and Georgetown’s sister-city relationship, Yuko-En on the Elkhorn was planted in 2000, a four-season, five-acre Japanese-style strolling garden – and the only one of its kind anywhere. It was officially proclaimed the Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden by the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Named for the literal meaning of the words, “yuko-en” – friendship garden – it is based on such Japanese gardening principles as working in harmony with nature, weaving in symbolism, creating a miniature world and framing views beyond the garden that connect the garden to the world beyond its gates.