Best Bets, May 16-18: Francisco's Farm, Stockdog Trials, Taste of the Bluegrass, more

hhendren@herald-leader.comMay 15, 2014 

Artists and craftspeople of all types will be at Francisco's Farm Arts Festival at Midway College. The two-day event, which includes live music, food and drink, starts Saturday.

JASON SANKOVITCH — Jason Sankovitch

Festival returns to familiar grounds

The Francisco's Farm Arts Festival is back at Midway College for a weekend of arts, live music, food and drink.

After moving to Equus Run Vineyard for three years, the festival has returned to the college at 512 East Stephens Street. Also this year, admission and parking are free.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Go to for more information.

Get a taste of what the Bluegrass offers

Sample food and drinks from more than 60 area businesses at the 34th annual Taste of the Bluegrass, 7 to 11 p.m. Friday at Keeneland's Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, 4201 Versailles Road. Tickets are $75, and proceeds benefit God's Pantry Food Bank. Get tickets at, Lexington Central Bank locations and at God's Pantry, 1685 Jaggie Fox Way.

Founders' Day marks 20th year, but Lexington is much older

Celebrate the birthplace of Lexington at the 20th annual Founders' Day at McConnell Springs From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, marking the city's founding in 1775. The event will feature historic re-enactments and exhibits, live music, storytellers, contests and more. Concessions will be sold, or bring a picnic lunch. Admission is Free.

Masterson station Park hosts Dogs, sheep, artists

Border collies and handlers from across the country will compete at the Bluegrass Classic Stockdog Trial at Masterson Station Park from dawn to dusk through Sunday, Bleacher seating and concessions will be available, or bring a lawn chair and pack a picnic lunch. Well-behaved dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed at all times. Go to for more information.

Also at Masterson Station, check out livestock exhibits; works by fiber artists; and learn about knitting, weaving, felting and more at the Kentucky Sheep & Fiber Festival. It's 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Festival admission is $3, free for ages 12 and younger. For more info, go to

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