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HGTV “Love for La Grange” makes its debut

Adds to the many things to do in Oldham County

La Grange, Oldham County, KY – The wait is finally over. After being selected as one of six towns across the US to be featured on HGTV’s “Home Town Kickstart,” La Grange, KY has been put in the renovation spotlight. The town, known for the train tracks running through the middle of Main Street, appeared on the fourth episode of the series, titled “Love for La Grange” on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m.

For the big reveal the town did it up right with a premier watch party at Southeast Christian Church. Every seat was full – all 800 of them – as the show, hosted by Ben and Erin Napier, aired on the big screen. The afternoon was packed full of anticipation – food trucks, live music, and Main Street shops open to the public.

The town earned the title, “Kindness Capital of Kentucky”, thanks to Raegan and Rylyn Richins, two sisters with a goal to paint and distribute 60 “Be Kind” signs around town, using their earnings to donate to local charities. Their enterprise turned into 3,000 signs and caught the eye of HGTV. 

Additional projects included the Alley Loop project, an idea of Heather Hottenroth, who owns a couple buildings in La Grange. Her goal is to beautify Main Street’s alleys and connect them into a walking loop around town. La Grange “needs something to help bring in visitors,” said Hottenroth. One focal point of the project was Alison Victoria’s idea to repurpose horse trailers to be used as pop-up shops by local artists such as Matt Hartledge. 

The third project involved giving Brandi and Andrew Dunk’s home a long overdue update. Brandi, a stay-at-home mom with five kids of her own, runs a day care from her home for children of essential workers. Her efforts to give back to the community were rewarded with a much needed makeover. Like many in the community, Brandi shares her talents to make Oldham County a special place to visit. 

Host Ben Napier called La Grange “a classic southern town, full of hospitality.” That sentiment can be felt throughout the entire county in its many attractions, tours, accommodations, and unique one-of-a-kind experiences found only in Oldham. You don’t have to look very far in Oldham County to discover an event or attraction made just for you.

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