GEORGETOWN — It takes quite an animal to warrant a full-fledged festival every year.
And the horses that took center stage Saturday during Scott County's Festival of the Horse proved it.
At Brooking Park, horses trotted in a circle during a game of "musical feed bags." When the country music stopped blaring through the speakers, riders had to dismount and run — with their horses in tow — to feed bags in the center of a circle of orange cones.
The game was part of Experience the Horse, an event within the festival sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council. Visitors got to watch the games and meet horses waiting in a barn at the park.
The weekend-long Festival of the Horse is in its 29th year, but this was Emma Best's first time at the event. Best, who lives in Georgetown, brought her son, Christian, to the park because of his love of horses.
"He's in heaven right now," she said while Christian, 5, finished feeding hay to a miniature horse.
The festival continued a few minutes away on Main Street in Georgetown. Vendors selling crafts, clothes and fried foods occupied three blocks. Visitors strolled down the middle of the street, assessing the items for sale and grabbing quick bites for lunch.
Becky Cooper, one of the co-chairwomen of the festival, said people seem to love coming downtown.
"They have a good time," she said. "This event seems to be growing. It brings back that small-town feel."
Michael Welch of Georgetown squatted next to his 3-year-old daughter Jordyn to listen to live music from the Eric Cummins Band.
Jordyn's favorite part of the day had been receiving a pink balloon cat.
"I don't really know if it looks like (a cat)," Welch said, "but she likes it."
The vendors also had a good time at the festival. Spring Miles, 13, whose mother owns Lock and Key Coffee House on Main Street, and her friend Amanda Kelly were helping to sell drinks, snacks and temporary henna tattoos.
"This is one of my favorite weekends of the year," Spring said. Amanda agreed.
"Being together as one town is the best part," she said.