March 5, 2014 — The Olive Hill Trail Town Task Force has several events in the planning stages.
A public meeting will be held Thursday, March 13, at the Carter Caves at 6 p.m. to focus on the Field Day event scheduled May 10 at West Carter High School.
“The Field Day event will be demonstrations of historic farming practices and living arts,” said Trail Town spokeswoman Debbie Harman. “We will have horse drawn plowing and mowing, cow milking, butter churning, a petting zoo, storytelling and music. We are hoping to add blacksmithing, but everything hasn't been finalized.”
The Field Day is the brain child of Terry Reynolds, who has a special interest in historic living. The event is open to the public.
“Part of the Trail Town initiative is to increase tourism generally,” Harman said. “Anything we can do to partner with other organizations, to attract others to our town, we want to do.”
A date has yet to be set for the Trail Town “trial run” which is part of the state certification process. Harman said the invitation-only event will have to be scheduled in cooperation with the state but she does expect it to happen this spring.
The task force has teamed up with Carter Caves State Resort Park for the annual "Horsing Around at the Caves," with a Trail Town-sponsored Trail Ride at the Caves on May 17.
The annual Heritage Trail Ride and Olive Hill Historical Society-sponsored Train Show will be held Sept. 13 and 14.
“This is becoming our traditional fall ride with the central point at the depot trail head,” Harman said.
Also in the works is a geocaching event to be held in cooperation with the historical society.
“We do have a lot of points of historical interest and hopefully when people come for the event, there will be a description of the cache and how it relates to Olive Hill history,” she added.
Harman called geocaching the “perfect contemporary hobby” to bring families outdoors while sharing the rich history of the area.
For more information on Trail Town activities, visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OliveHillTrailTown.
Leeann Akers can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 474-5101.