A Soap Box Derby exhibition will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Chestnut and York streets behind Town Square Bank in Nicholasville. Boys and girls will race in four divisions: ages 6-10 and 11 and up with homemade cars, and ages 6-10 and 11 and up with kit cars. Cars must pass a pre-race safety and construction inspection. The event, which is part of the Jessamine Jamboree weekend, is sponsored by Scion on Nicholasville. Find more information and entry forms at Nicholasvillenow.org or call (859) 881-3820.
Civil war park marks 150th anniversary
The 150th anniversary of the founding of Camp Nelson Civil War Park will be celebrated Saturday and Sunday during a Living History Weekend. Experience military and civilian life during the Civil War on one of the best preserved Union Army supply depot and recruitment sites in the nation. Features include: drills, demos, camp scenarios, period music, artisans, sutlers, historic presentations, tours of the White House (officers' quarters), fortifications, trails and a period herb garden. Visiting historical characters include Frederick Douglass, John G. Fee, the Rev. Newton Bush and Abraham Lincoln. A panel discussion on the Emancipation Proclamation and its continuing significance begins at 11 a.m. Sunday and will include state historian James C. Klotter, John A. Hardin of Western Kentucky University, Robert E. Webster of the National Park Service, and Patrick A. Lewis of the Kentucky Historical Society. Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park is located along U.S. 27 about 20 miles south of Lexington and 6 miles south of Nicholasville at 6614 Danville Road. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days. Parking is $5 per car. Visitors receive a 32-page commemorative booklet about Camp Nelson. Find the complete schedule online at Campnelson.org. For more information, call (859) 881-5716.
Learn how to quit smoking
The Jessamine County Health Department is sponsoring free Cooper-Clayton Tobacco Cessation classes starting at 6 p.m. Monday at 205 East Maple Street, Nicholasville. Cooper-Clayton is a science-based program that uses education, skills training and social support. Nicotine patches are provided only for registered participants. Pre-registration for the class is required; call Shana at (859) 884-4149, Ext. 1006.