Olden Days

Twenty-plus years ago, our little town began hosting an event known as Olden Days. It’s your typical small town festival: music, food, crafts, kids’ activities. But, in addition, Olden Days also has a Ghost Walk, a classic car show, a raft race on the river and events at our historic (1750) Courthouse.  

Olden Days returned this past weekend. Friday night, Main Street was closed to traffic, and, instead, was lined with classic cars. Our local oldies deejay, Tom, provided the music. It was nice to stroll along, look at the cars and let the memories take you back in time .

We drove our little ’32, so she could participate. (No, I don’t have memories of 1932.)

Folks gathered on the village green, located in front of our local newspaper office, for a beach music concert.

And the crowd spilled over into the street.

Again on Saturday morning, the street was closed. Booths offering crafts, food, and information about local businesses lined much of Main Street.

And the classic cars returned, including this 1931 Model A.

This car has been in the same family since 1933.  It is now owned by the grandson of the original owner. Displayed in the back seat…

The wedding gown and picture dated 1937, of – as best I can tell – the original owners.

How appropriate for Olden Days.

23 responses to “Olden Days

  1. Thanks, Dianne, for these pictures since we didn’t get to Olden Days…perhaps next year. It’s great when memories can be revived year after year.

  2. This looks like lots of fun! Harrodsburg used to have Pioneer Days, a local festival, but it’s been several years ago. I always enjoyed it thoroughly! There was a talent contest in front of the courthouse that Kate always entered! Then, more music shows after that! It was always great fun!

  3. Looked like a lot of fun, I love those hometown things.
    Your ’32 is such pretty car – great color. I also love those suicide doors on that last one, very neat that it’s still in the same family! .

  4. This looks like a lot of fun. Your car is fantastic. I love that last one. I got chills seeing that wedding dress and photo in the backseat. So sweet.

  5. Looks like fun! Love your car and the story of the one being in the same family since 1933. Neat!

  6. Aw, your town looks a lot like the town where I grew-up…but yours is much older, so the olden days theme is perfect. Gotta love hometown festivals!

  7. Your ’32 is adorable and friendly with it’s license plate “Hi”, Virginia.

  8. i love to see vintage autos maintained and kept well (especially within the families.) love your little yellow!

  9. What a beautiful wedding dress/photo combination…set perfectly in the back of that car! That photo has me dreaming of heritage scrapbook pages!

  10. Love the older cars; did Motor Man restore yours or did you find it in this good condition? Our county has a peach festival every; peaches were the main agricultural crops for a while but now there are very few orchards. Poultry has become the main source of employment.

    • A friend of ours restored the car several years ago and had Motor Man build the engine for it. MM told him at the time to call if he ever wanted to sell it. He did…and we bought it!

  11. ooooohhhhh this is wonderful, i love street fairs like this.

    i love the last shot, with the dress, how unique!!!! your little yellow was a great entry!!!

  12. Olden Days is usually very popular, and I think we just might’ve set a record this time around!

  13. What a great idea. I love old things and that wedding dress is just stunning.

  14. I’ll have to keep an eye out for this next year! Like your car. That is a great piece of history on the ’31 Model A. I like that about small towns, the community gathering together. In our travels one year, we had to stop for the parade complete with marching band…everyone was heading for the local ball field.

  15. Loved your story of the Olden Days. Next year we will have to attend.

  16. Gotta love the festivals and fairs the towns have. Olden days sounds like such good fun. I love your photos. It’s wonderful to see these historical and nostalgic cars, clothes and other memorabilia still around and in top conditon. 🙂

  17. Wow great pictures. I bet you had a wonderful time. :0)

  18. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I would love to come one year. They did not have the Olden Days when we livied there. Looks like alot of fun 🙂

  19. Oh, I love small town celebrations! When I grew up in Minnesota, my grandparents lived in Stillwater, Minnesota. Every summer the town would celebrate Lumberjack Days. It was always so much fun! Parades, sidewalk sales fireworks and queen coronations. What a fun memory!

  20. Wow, this is very nice back through the time event!! Love this wedding gown in old-timer! 🙂

  21. Susan Burt Smelser

    If you think about it next year (right, I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast) remind me of this festival

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