George Kilgore, long time member of the Princeton Optimist Club, was in studio Thursday morning to talk to WPKY about the upcoming Black Patch Heritage Festival in September.

George told listeners that Black Patch will be Saturday, September 9th, this year, with the parade September 8th starting at 5pm. Both events are sponsored by the Princeton Optimist Club and are downtown Princeton, mainly located along East Main Street.

He then spoke about some changes that will take place at this year’s festival. First, there are some electrical changes taking place around the courthouse that will cause a few booths to be shifted around. This year the festival will feature a “Focus on Caldwell County” alley that will be located down West Court Square in front of Circuit Court Clerk Danny Hooks’ office. The section will be set aside for local businesses and individuals, and those who may wish to leave the festival before dark. Because of this change, the normal booths that are scattered through that intersection will be moved so the lane will stay open and foot traffic can easily get to the “Focus on Caldwell County” alley. Another change is concerning the Princeton Art Guild’s Arts & Crafts booths, they will now be called “Art on Main,” and booths will be set up along East Main Street, from the corner of East Court Square to Mrs. McLovet’s Cupcakes. Therefore the booths that have been in that area in the past will be shuffled around.

George then went on to say that Black Patch is a way for the community to come together and fellowship. He then thanked the City of Princeton, the Princeton Police Department, and the Street Department for all the hard work they do in setting up and cleaning up the festival.

He then went on to say that several things from past years are returning, like the kiddy rides, the usual food vendors, the Cake Walk, petting zoo, gospel singing, and yard sale booth space, but that they are still awaiting conformation from several businesses and organizations on their plans. He reminded all listening that if you want to participate in Black Patch by setting up a booth or event, to fill out an application and return it by August 9th. Applications are available at City Hall and members of the Optimist Club will be having application events at the Hardee’s in Princeton on July 27th, from 5 to 7pm, July 29th, from 8 to 9am, and August 8th from 5 to 7pm where you can come get an application, fill it out and return it right there. There will be a $25 late fee for any application received after the August 9th deadline. Rates for booths include, $100 for profit vendors, $50 for non-profit, $35 for first time vendors, and $20 for yard sale vendors. All money raised from booth fees help cover expenses in advertising for the festival and for the festival itself and any left over proceeds are used for all the various youth activities and events the Optimist Club sponsors.

Be sure to catch the full interview with George Kilgore, where he talks more about Black Patch, below.