October Court Days / Mt. Sterling Kentucky

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY

In Mt. Sterling Kentucky: October Court Days = A Wild Weekend of Shopping!

 There is NOTHING in this world as whacky as October Court Day in Mt. Sterling Kentucky! It's completely in my blood and genes. There's no known cure for it and I am afraid it is terminal.

There is no way I would miss a year of attending. 

It always occurs every third Monday in October. That was when court was in session and country folk came into town to swap, trade, sell while they wasted away the day waiting to see how issues in court would turn out. It quickly expanded into Saturday and Sunday too since everyone came to town early.

I sort of grew up in Mt. Sterling since both sets of Grandparents and loads of relatives lived Montgomery County. Mom & Dad went to high school there as well.

My grandmother Elizabeth lived right downtown in an apartment over a grocery store on Main Street. I loved visiting the stores in town and there is something sweet and comforting about being downtown for me.

Normally, Mt. Sterling is a quiet little Kentucky town of 6,317(2005 census) it grows to an estimated 130,000 during October Court Days!

The whole town is a giant flea market with most of the downtown streets blocked for traffic and turned into miles of vendors. I have seen every type of item for sale here. The smell of food cooking on the outdoor grills is fabulous too! Each year there is a new HOT ITEM!

Last year it was designer knock-off handbags. We stopped at one table that was a small mountain of faux Chanel and Coach handbags. Surrounding it almost four bodies deep, were frantic crazy women snatching, grabbing and bargaining with the seller in lightning speed!

The seller was this tiny Oriental girl standing on two concrete blocks(so she could have a good vantage point) with a fistful of money in one hand and a load of plastic bags on the other arm.

She would tell you what the bag was priced... then grab your money. There were many more boxes under the table full of purses. It was the quick and the dead if you wanted one.

The seller said she would only be there one day...so you better get it while the gittin is good! WhooHoo, it was fun!

 Back in the day my Dad said his favorite vendor was an old Indian that sold snake oil(with a bit of Magic Corn Salve and Black Draught). I didn't ever see him.

One of my favorites of October Court Days was an organ grinder with a monkey.

He would stand in the street and the monkey would gather silver coins from the tight circle of children and their parents.

Try to give him a penny and he would refuse to touch it.

Everyone would laugh and give him a quarter. I always thought that guy was a genius for making money the easy way.  

I always look for the unique items like this toilet paper holder made from horseshoes!

 I also thought these little pets called Sugar Gliders were neat.

I held one in my hand and his little toenails were pretty sharp. The sugar gliders knew their names and would jump in the air over to their handlers. They were sweet but I didn't think I wanted to take another critter home. there was quite a crowd of parents taking a look at ownership. Kids were crying...you know the drill.

Anyway we parked kind of far from the event, so it made it a long haul to take back bargains to stash in the trunk. After one time back we were worn out and ready to call it a day.

Like I said, there is nothing like October Court Days but after the end of one you swear you will never do it again...then you are back again in Mt. Sterling the next year.

Maybe it's like having a baby... you forget all the pain you endured and have another one. After I recover this year, I will be looking forward to next time!

       

Lizette Realty Lizette Fitzpatrick

Lizette FitzpatrickPrincipal Broker at Lizette Realty.

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Teri Eckholm
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Lizette--This looks like one of the many summer festivals in MN...What fun they are to attend! OK that sugar critter looks a bit like a fruit bat...What is it really?

October 06, 2008 07:53 AM #1
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Geez, that little fella sure is interesting to look at. I have never seen one and am not quite sure how the boys would take to it (LOL). What do they eat? BTW, awesome post Liz. :-)

October 06, 2008 08:11 AM #2
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Hi Teri - Actually, the Sugar Glider is a small marsupial possum that can live up to 15 years.

Carolyn - I think your boys would love 2 of them. They are very social and need a buddy.

Feeding Sugar Gliders- fresh fruits, vegetables, and protein (24%). Tofu is an excellent source of protein and the least likely to inhibit calcium absorption (compared to cooked red meat, poultry and eggs). Feeding a couple of live crickets or meal worms every evening is also recommended (entertaining as well as healthy for them). Seeds and nuts should only be served as an occasional treat - not part of the regular diet. Probiotics are recommended as a regular addition to their food.

October 06, 2008 09:06 AM #3
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Roy A. Peterson
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Hi Lizette, Very entertaining and interesting post you shared. Cute little guy, its a possum. Never seen one before. Well sounds like you had a great time there. ~ Newbie

 

                                                                                    

 

 

October 06, 2008 09:19 AM #4
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Suzanne Sands
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Hi Lizette,

Looks like a good crowd, not sure about the critters...but those handbags sound like a deal! :)

October 06, 2008 09:36 AM #5
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Roy - He was the first one I have seen of that species. He even knew his name.

Suzanne - The handbags were a great deal. Look like the real thang! Hope you have a great week!

October 06, 2008 11:12 AM #6
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Bill Gassett
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Lizette October Court days looks like an awesome time. I love the toilet paper holder:)

October 06, 2008 09:20 PM #7
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Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
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I'm not much of a shopper but I can see where this could become habit forming.  Ha fun this year ma'am.

October 07, 2008 05:26 AM #8
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Bill - I bet that TP holder is a best seller!

Don - I have a girlfriend that is probably counting the days till we go back there. It's addictive.

October 07, 2008 12:17 PM #9
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Connie King
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You are my kind of girl,  a shopping fiend and enjoying the local artists too!

Hope everything is going great.   Hug Chanel for me.

October 09, 2008 05:45 PM #10
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Well, now I know what it is from your last post,  I wasn't sure they didn't let prisoners out. LOl

November 28, 2008 01:12 PM #11
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