Plenty of activities are sched­uled Saturday in Upton as Har­din County’s southernmost town holds its annual com­mu­nity festival. Upton Days 2019 activities mostly take place at the Upton Com­munity Cen­ter, the Up­ton Ballpark and Upton Baptist Church.

Upton Mayor Boomer Sad­ler said the event offers somet­hing for the whole family.

“We try to have things that keep the kids occupied and not bored and that gives parents time to come look at the vendors,” he said.

Activities at the community center include a raffle, silent auction, bouncy houses, a baby contest, a petting zoo and a performance by magician Dinky Gowen. The venue also will house a variety of vendors offering everything from food to jewelry to axe throwing. Booths open at 9 a.m.

A talent show takes place at 5 p.m. at the community center with proceeds benefiting a medical fund for Tenley Ward, a local child diagnosed last Dec­ember with B-Cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

A 3 p.m. cornhole tournament at the ballpark also benefits Tenley. Other activities at the ballpark include a laser tag booth and an obstacle course.

A Kids Zone is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the ballpark, featuring hula hooping, a sidewalk art contest and a Kentucky Down Under exhibit.

Upton Baptist Church is hosting a fire department demonstration, a quilt show and a basketball shooting competition. The church also hosts a community service Sunday morning.

Upton Meth­o­dist Church is hosting a ham breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday. A car, truck, tractor and motorcycle cruise takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hometown General Store, at 300 Millerstown Road. A city-wide yard sale also is taking place at 7 a.m.

Sadler said he hopes the activities create a good atmosphere for fellowship among Upton residents and those visiting the town.

“It brings them together,” he said. “We’re a small town and everybody these days is so busy. I’d like to see everybody kind of get to relax and enjoy themselves.”

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Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or

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