Iron Horse Festival is this weekend

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By Linda Ireland

The annual Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival in New Haven is Sept. 14.

The festival’s theme is “Small Town, Big Dreams.”

There will be several activities Saturday including a 5k Run/Fun Walk beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Opening ceremonies will follow at 9:30 a.m. on stage 1 in the Town & Country Bank lot.

Admission is free.

A baby contest for children ages 0-48 months will be held 10-11:30 a.m. on stage 1.

The little Miss/Mister New Haven pageant, for children ages 4-7, will follow at 11:30 a.m.

Children ages 8-10 can compete in the Little Princess pageant at noon.

Children ages 11-14 can compete in the Princess contest at 12:30 p.m.

The Iron Horse Festival Queen Contest, for teenagers ages 15-18, will follow at 1 p.m.

Pre-registration for all pageants is required.

Artie Braden, a life-long resident of New Haven and basketball coach at Bethlehem High School, will be the grand marshal for the parade at 2:15 p.m.

Dance Pros Inc. will perform 3-4 p.m. An Elvis and Meatloaf tribute by the Perkins Brothers of LaRue County will be held 3:30-5 p.m. on stage 2 (behind the post office on School Street). Line dancing by the Highway 210 Hillbillie Stompers will be 4:30-5:30 p.m. on stage 1.

A car show and antique tractor display will be on display throughout the day.

A Kidzone area featuring inflatables and children’s games will be located behind St. Catherine’s gym. A magic show, titled “The Magic of Wally Bell,” will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The Suade (Stand Up And Dance, Everyone) will close the evening with a concert at 7 p.m. The concert is being co-sponsored by The LaRue County Herald News and the Kentucky Standard.

Festival-goers are advised to bring lawn chairs.

For more information about any of the events, call New Haven City Hall at 502-549-3177 or email Linda Mattingly at lindanewhaven@roadrunner.com or visit newhavenkentucky.org.