Family activities are focus of event

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By The Staff

Nelson County resident Dennis Gray doesn’t think there are enough family activities locally, so he decided to organize one. Gray will present the Bardstown Rock-n-Rides Festival Oct. 28-Nov. 1 at Nelson County Fairgrounds. Events will include carnival rides, a haunted house, and live music every night, with nationally known talent as well as local groups scheduled, Gray said.

Another major part of the festival is a singing contest, “Nashville Nights: The Next Big Star,” Gray said, comparing it to the TV show “Nashville Star.” Auditions will be in Louisville, Elizabethtown and Bardstown prior to the event, and the top 20 acts will perform at the festival, according to Gray. Winners will get cash prizes, studio time, a management contract and possibly a record deal, Gray said.

More music will be provided by a karaoke contest every night at 7, open to all ages, and local groups will begin performing at 6:30 every night in the beer garden.

For children, there will be a trick-or-treat trail Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and a costume contest at 7 Halloween night. An adults’ costume contest will follow at 9 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded for both contests.

Gray said he will donate part of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. He is looking for volunteers and sponsors to help defray costs so more money can go to Relay. He especially needs help with the trick-or-treat trail.

Appearing Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. will be The Grascals, #1 2006-2007 bluegrass band; Oct. 29 at 9 p.m. Eddie Miles salute to Elvis; Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. a tribute to Motown; Oct. 31, at 9:30 p.m. country music giant, Joe Nichols; Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. Metal Legends tribute to Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and Aerosmith.

Admission is $10 for adults; children 12 and younger will be admitted free. The haunted house is an extra $5. The festival will be open 3-11 p.m. each night.

For more information on the events or volunteering, visit www.bardstownfestival.com.