Commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War at Camp Nelson Heritage Park will take place on Saturday and Sunday during the Living History Weekend. Features will include drills, demonstrations, camp scenarios, period music, artisans, sutlers, historical presentations, tours of the antebellum White House (used as officers' quarters), fortifications, trails and a period herb garden. Visiting historical characters will include Frederick Douglass, John G. Fee, the Rev. Newton Bush and Abraham Lincoln.
Gates open at 9 a.m. both days. Military skirmish starts at 2 p.m. Parking is $5 per carload. Visitors receive a 32-page commemorative booklet.
Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park is located along U.S. 27 about 17 miles south of Fayette Mall and 6 miles south of Nicholasville at 6614 Danville Road. Visit Campnelson.org or call (859) 881-5716.
Soap Box Derby set for Saturday in Nicholasville
The Nicholasville Soap Box Derby, sponsored by Nicholasville NOW, will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 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 6-14 with homemade cars; ages 15 and older with homemade cars; ages 6-14 with kit cars, and ages 15 and older with kit cars. Cars must pass a pre-race safety and construction inspection. More information and entry forms at Nicholasvillenow.org or call (859) 881-3820.
Belly up to the beef cook-out Friday, Saturday
The Jessamine County Beef Cattle Association will serve beef burgers and rib-eye steaks Friday and Saturday at the Tractor Supply parking lot in Nicholasville. The agriculture group uses proceeds from the cook-out to support local charitable groups and civic organizations.
New members who are interested in supporting beef cattle in Jessamine County are welcome to attend meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the Agriculture Learning Center on Park Drive. For more information, contact Doug Marshall at (859) 885-3919.