Friday, September 11, 2015

WHEN IS PRESTON COURT DAYS 2016?

When Is Preston Court Day in KY?


Court Days in Preston, KY, are also known to locals as Trade Days.  The outdoor festival is the largest in Kentucky. The attractions include flea market type booths, yard sales, gun swapping, dog and animal trades, food booths and carnival rides.
The event runs a total of four (official) days and always ends on the third Monday in October.  But a full seven days if you count when the locals begin to set up.

* THIS YEAR*
UPDATE: 2016

The unofficial start date for some locals and vendors will be Monday, October 10th. 
With the official start date being FRIDAY the 14th. 
The last day of the event this year is October 17th, which is the third Monday of October.  
And remember, it always ends on the third Monday in October.

Click on calendar to enlarge or print
2016 Calendar:
Updated: 8/12/2016

Bit o' History
Preston Court Days originally stemmed off from the Mt. Sterling Court Days in the 1970's with the help from James "Coon" Conyers.

Way back in 1794, the Mt. Sterling Court days got it's name because once a year the Circuit Judge made a visit to town to try criminals.  And people from the area  would meet up  to sell their items and crops or to do some trading of goods. Back then Mt. Sterling allowed the sale and trade of dogs and many other animals.  But dogs were always the main attraction.  Hunters from all over came to buy, sell and trade for dogs. Hence the nickname of the event, Trade Days. 

Then sometime in the 1970's, the Mt. Sterling Court Days banned the sale of animals, especially dogs. I'm not sure why but many people were outraged, including James "Coon" Conyers.  He had been running the largest dog trade days in KY, so he decided that he would start one up in Preston. 
  
And wow did it take off!

Nowadays, coon hunters, shoppers, sightseers, antique hunters and everyday locals can't wait for this yearly event to roll in!
The tiny town of Preston is made up of only about 500 people.  But when Court Days roll in, the visitor count will easily exceed ten to fifteen thousand.  And each year that number continues to grow!

Where is Preston, KY?
Preston is one of the towns that make up the county known as Bath. It is only about three miles south west of Owingsville, right off I-64 interstate, exit 121. It was founded in 1881 as Preston Station as being part of the Big Sandy Railroad. Preston is also home to one of the oldest, still in business, country stores, Blevins Grocery. And the little country store sits right in the center of all the action.
"If you stop in, be sure to grab you a bologna sandwich," all the locals say.

Each year the number of trading booths continue to grow.  People travel from all over the country to buy, sell, trade and browse. You have a humongous selection of merchandise to choose from. Everything from new items like as t-shirts, shoes, purses, housewares, etc. to those one of a kind antiques you may be searching for to finish off a collection. Whatever that may be. It also has a large number of animal booths. Dogs and guns are the main attraction due to the fact of many hunters in the area. And that the Mt. Sterling Court days banned the sale or trade of animals around 1970.

The food booths are incredible.  Preston Court Days has the best home cooked foods around. Whether it is country ham, brown beans, cornbread, chili dogs or yummy cheeseburgers, you can find it all. And you will love it.
  
I recommend the Blooming Onions! 
The original ones, not the cheaper versions out there. 


But my sister swears the Amish home made fried apple pies are to die for!
and the chili dogs along with an ice cold Ale-8.

And my husband loves the Philly Cheese Steak with all the peppers and such:


 Preston Court Days is a great way to ring in fall. So come on out and join in all the fun.


If you need driving directions to Preston, KY please click here: Preston Map

Or here, for those of you who've written asking for a specific address to input into GPS systems:


Blevins Grocery (which is center of the court day)
6825 Preston Road
Owingsville, KY 40360 

or 

The Wander In store is right at the Owingsville end (so you'll get to park at the beginning) of court day and here is the address 
for that.
79 Blevins Valley Rd, Owingsville, KY 40360


*VENDORS:*
For vendor information, you may try this FB link.
Note: Sorry, I am no help otherwise for booth rentals.

See ya'll there either trading, buying or selling.

What is your favorite Court Day Food? 

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2008/10/18/559612_court-days-rolls-around-in-preston.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy

19 comments:

  1. Preston Court Days sound very interesting. Would love to visit if I have the opportunity to do so!

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    1. Hi Nancy, it sure is something to visit if you possibly can. They really do have something for everyone. Even if you're not looking to buy, you can feast at some awesome food booths too.
      ~Lisa

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    1. I was out there both Friday and Saturday and there were plenty of golf carts, four wheelers and atv's riding around. Even four wheelers pulling tobacco wagons to give people lifts for a $1.00.

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  3. Can you buy,sell or trade hunting dogs this year

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    1. I havent seen any yet but if they're here they must be somewhere else not where they usually were

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  4. Do you have any idea how many vendors will be there this year?

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    1. There are wayyyy to many vendors to try and even take a wild guess. It's in full swing now, come out n visit if you can.

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  5. Do you know how many vendors will be there this year?

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  6. Me my mom and my daughter are leaving late tonight from our home in Jonesborough, TN heading there. We are staying until Sunday evening. Me and mom came two years ago on a whim and loved it. So we are very excited to be able to come back!! Can't wait!!

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    1. Oh great! So glad you are making it back! Tomorrow should be the busiest day. It sure does have something for everyone.
      I just got home from there. We ran out and grabbed dinner at a vendor booth because we are close. Blooming onion for me and philly cheese steak with extra everything for hubby.
      Hope yall have fun and find something you can't live without!

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  7. What are the hours for Sunday?

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    1. usually around 8am it starts back up good and continues until about dark

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  9. Which day is least crowded? And do all vendors stay through Monday? Thanks.

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    1. Hi Peggy. Probably one of the first few days open is the least crowded. And Saturday and Sunday is usually the most crowded. And no some vendors are already packed up and gone by Monday. But there's still usually a lot left to browse.

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  10. what is the address to put in your tom tom

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    1. Blevins Grocery (which is center of the court day)
      6825 Preston Road
      Owingsville, KY 40360
      (It's the old store in my photo way at the top of this post.)

      or The Wander In Store is right at the Owingsville end (so you'll get to park at the beginning) of court day and here is the address
      for that.
      79 Blevins Valley Rd, Owingsville, KY 40360

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  11. hello,I have been coming to mt. sterlings court days for 31 yrs straight, I love it it's my Christmas, my old man used to come and we never new about preston until an old friend of mine that did sell beagles told me about it, being the curious guy I had to find it, it was hard to find the first couple times and I think someone should put a temporary sign pointing to preston, well the old man died and I bring my 2 grandson's now 12 and 13 this yr, I have been coming to preston 10 yrs and like it almost more than mt.ster. the people and venders are nicer more country folk like myself, I am a farmer and love dogs food and guns, oh the women are nicer at preston also.,i will look for your booth, coming on Saturday and mt. ster. on Friday.

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