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Court Days Brings Autumn Spirit to KY


Autumn is here, and with the chill in the air comes the spectacular sights, sounds and smells of fall festivals. If you plan to celebrate the arrival of the season, you might as well go all out with one of Kentucky’s largest and longest-running festivals

Court Days, held in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, bills itself as “Kentucky’s Oldest Festival” and regularly draws more than 100,000 attendees from all over the country. The origins of this festival stretch way back to the 18th century, when locals designated it as an annual day of trading. Today, the event lasts four glorious days and has grown to include arts, crafts, food and music.

Attendees get a firsthand look at the creativity and skill of the region’s artists, craftsmen, cooks, musicians and more. This classic festival is widely known for some of the best shopping in the state. Hundreds of vendors show up to sell their wares--one will find handcrafted pottery, wood carvings, clothing, knives and more among the many tables and booths. Court Days is also popular for its culinary vendors, who sell homemade and homegrown food such as jellies, honey, baked goods and produce. The festival includes an area specifically for “Kentucky Proud” items that are grown or produced right here in the Bluegrass State.

Court Days has gained recognition from both the Kentucky Tourism Industry Association and Kentucky Living Magazine as a must-see fall festival. This family-friendly festival is definitely one of the best places to get into the spirit of the autumn season–brisk temperatures, changing leaves and wonderful food and entertainment. Don’t miss it!

The Court Days event typically begins in mid-October and lasts four days. Mt. Sterling is just 45 minutes from Lexington–find nearby lodging on our accommodations page and other fun things to do in the area. Make plans now to attend the next Court Days festival!