BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Forkland Community Center’s annual Heritage Festival kicked off Friday morning despite fears it would have to be cancelled this year.
In June, heavy rain caused major flooding in the basement of the center and about $60,000 in damage, according to Forkland Community Center Vice President Doris Purdom.
“We had lots of mud, lots of water,” she said. “I can’t begin to tell you how bad it was.”
But the center’s members pulled together, Purdom said, donating their time and money. Now the basement is completely repaired.
“You wouldn’t believe it today if we told you we had a flood that had three feet of water in this building,” she said.
And the center was able to kick off their biggest event, the Heritage Festival and Revue.
“Somehow in my mind, I knew we’d persevere this crisis,” Purdom said, “because we’ve done it before and people just come together and work.
The event continues Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. It features food and craft vendors, musical performances, and kids activities.
Festival information is available on the center’s Facebook page.