BATH COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Many in the small community of Preston will tell you, fall isn't fall without Court Days this weekend. Ashlyn McCarty grew up with the event.
"It's a tradition, of course, something I've been doing my whole life," said McCarty.
Vendors are set up while property owners sell parking spots for what they hope will be a very busy weekend of trading or peddling goods to make money. In the past, Bath County leaders pitched in with county money, but not this year. According to Bath County Judge Executive Bobby Rogers, "It was a unanimous vote that the county didn't participate there."
He says the decision wasn't easy, but the fiscal court decided, for the health and safety of everyone, it wasn't a good idea to jump on board during a pandemic. Rogers says the county usually provides porta potties and trash pick-up. He hopes people who do go to Court Days, do so safely.
"I hope they will do everything they can to prevent the spread, as in wearing masks. I hope the vendors hand out hand sanitizer and anything they can do to stay as far apart as they can," said Rogers over the phone Friday.
He has no idea how many people will attend considering Mount Sterling canceled its Court Days this year.