Mt. Sterling’s Court Days Celebrates 224 Years Running


MT. STERLING, Ky. (WTVQ): Court Days is back for its annual 4 day festival in Mt. Sterling. Court Days starts today and ends on Monday in downtown Mt. Sterling.

Over 1,000 vendors will be at the festival to sell fair foods, local crafts and more, where you can find a little bit of everything. Director of Tourism for Mt. Sterling explained, “Well food is always a big favorite, the selection of food is unmatched for sure. But then also, as far as merchandise, you’ll find clothing, collectibles, sports memorabilia. You’ll also find guns, knives, and antiques.”

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The Court Days festival started over 200 years ago. The tradition began when the Circuit Judge would come to town to try local cases. People from all over Eastern Kentucky would come from miles around to sell their crops, trade horses and mules, swap goods and services to prepare for the long, cold winter months.  Among the top traded items at the time were guns and knives, important tools during these tough days in the frontier. Now more than 200 years later, the October Court Day Festival is still going strong and features guns, knives, antiques, flea market items and every kind of food imaginable.

Court Days now expect to have up to 200,000 people come to their small town of 7,000 residents. While the event is free to the public however most people pay to park at a near by church during the event.

Since 1794 people have gathered together in Mt Sterling, Kentucky to buy, sell or trade goods. Pearce also commented, “If you’re ever going to visit Mt. Sterling, now is the time.” As one of the largest outdoor festivals in Kentucky, this is a great opportunity to visit Mt. Sterling and see the local restaurants, shops and more.

Festival goers can also experience a variety of live music with country, bluegrass, rock n’ roll performances. The Salt Shakers will be performing at the Dubois Center on Sunday.

Mt. Sterling is even home to a newly renovated park on Main Street. The project took 15 months to complete. The park has a fountain, stage for live music and more. The park even won the Beautify the Bluegrass Award for community efforts to beautify your town and was awarded at the State Fair.

Court Days is truly the largest outdoor festival in Ky. and runs from sun up to sun down. Pearce also commented, “If you’re ever going to visit Mt. Sterling, now is the time.”

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