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In Mt. Sterling Kentucky: October Court Day = A Wild Weekend of Shopping!

In Mt. Sterling Kentucky: October Court Day = A Wild Weekend of Shopping!

 There is NOTHING in this world as whacky as October Court Day in Mt. Sterling Kentucky! It's completely in my blood and genes. There's no known cure for it and I am afraid it is terminal.

There is no way I would miss a year of attending. It always occurs every third Monday in October. That was when court was in session and country folk came into town to swap, trade, sell while they wasted away the day waiting to see how issues in court would turn out. It quickly expanded into Saturday and Sunday too since everyone came to town early.

I sort of grew up in Mt. Sterling since both sets of Grandparents and loads of relatives lived Montgomery County. Mom & Dad went to high school there as well.

My grandmother Elizabeth lived right downtown in an apartment over a grocery store on Main Street. I loved visiting the stores in town and there is something sweet and comforting about being downtown for me.

Normally a quiet little town of 6,317(2005 census) it grows to an estimated 130,000 during Court Day! The whole town is a giant flea market with most of the downtown streets blocked for traffic and turned into miles of vendors. I have seen every type of item for sale here. The smell of food cooking on the outdoor grills is fabulous too! Each year there is a new HOT ITEM!

This year it was designer knock-off handbags. We stopped at one table that was a small mountain of faux Chanel and Coach handbags. Surrounding it almost four bodies deep, were frantic women snatching, grabbing and bargaining with the seller in lightning speed!

The seller was this Oriental girl standing on two concrete blocks(so she could have a good vantage point) with a fistful of money in one hand and plastic bags on the other arm. She would tell you what the bag was priced... then grab your money. There were many more boxes under the table full of purses. It was the quick and the dead if you wanted one.

The seller said she would only be there one you better get it while the gittin is good! WhooHoo, it was fun!

 Back in the day my Dad said his favorite vendor was an old Indian that sold snake oil(with a bit of Magic Corn Salve and Black Draught). I didn't ever see him.

One of my favorites of October Court Day was an organ grinder with a monkey. He would stand in the street and the monkey would gather silver coins from the tight circle of children and their parents. Try to give him a penny and he would refuse to touch it. Everyone would laugh and give him a quarter. I always thought that guy was a genius for making money the easy way.  

I always look for the unique items like this toilet paper holder made from horseshoes!

 I also thought these little pets called Sugar Gliders were neat. I held one in my hand and his little toenails were pretty sharp. They knew their names and would jump in the air over to their handlers. They were sweet but I didn't think I wanted to take another critter home. there was quite a crowd of parents taking a look at ownership. Kids were know the drill.

Anyway we parked kind of far from the event, so it made it a long haul to take back bargains to stash in the trunk. After one time back we were worn out and ready to call it a day.

Like I said, there is nothing like October Court Day but after the end of one you swear you will never do it again...then you are back again in Mt. Sterling the next year. Maybe it's like having a baby... you forget all the pain you endured and have another one. After I recover, I will be looking forward to next time!




Lizette Fitzpatrick - Baby Boomer Real Estate Relocation Specialist with Prudential Don Foster in Richmond, Kentucky.

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Comment balloon 18 commentsLizette Fitzpatrick • October 14 2007 12:01PM


What a great post, Lizette! I live in Santa Clarita, a smaller suburb of Los Angeles, and we also have some events that we enjoy. But yours sounds like tons of fun. If I ever need to refer someone to your area, it will be you. I want one of those little gliders!
Posted by Connie Ragen Green, Online Marketing Strategist (Small Business UnMarketing) over 11 years ago
Oh goodness that looks like so much fun!  Did the dude weilding the knife pose for you?  That was cute...but the ribs look yummy!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 11 years ago
Lizette, I love those interesting "finds" some of these fairs produce, people amaze me with their talents!  It looks like you had some beautiful weather and I wouldn't have missed it if it were closer, either.  Here, too, at the fairs I have noticed an explosion of knock-Off bags, almost every other booth!  It reminds me of Chinatown :)  Glad to hear you had a wonderful time!
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) over 11 years ago

Another great post that makes me know we are not only fellow dog lovers,  but fellow "shop til u drop" sisters!    Thanks for taking us to the streets!



Posted by Connie King over 11 years ago

Hi Lizette - this is a great post on your area!  Love the pictures and the stories you told along with them.  That little 'sugar glider' reminds me of a bat, only that little critter is green instead of black!

I bet all those foods cooking smelled just yummy!!! 


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 11 years ago
how cool and how fun - this is the kind of event I wold love to attend
Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) over 11 years ago

Hi Connie!Those gliders were pretty cute. I was reading on-line that they really are pretty social and you would need two. They can live up to 16 years so It is a long term commitment.

Sally - Yes, He did pose for me. He was truly a one-of-a kind extraordinary chef!

Carole - It DID remind me of Chinatown too! I thought about that when I was there.

Connie - You would have had a ball hanging out with us. Maybe we can get together when I am down in your neck of the woods in December.

Ann - This event it absolutely amazing and the foods that are cooking makes me hungry for everything. I did eat some pulled pork BarBQ and for dessert some homemade peanut brittle form some church ladies. Yum!

Thesa- I wish you could have been there with us. We had a blast

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 11 years ago

that is a giant sugar glider!

I love little town festivals like that!

Mt. Sterling is a cool place.... I know I've been there once

Posted by David A. Podgursky PA, THE PODGURSKY GROUP - Make the Right Move! (THE PODGURSKY GROUP @ Re/Max Direct) over 11 years ago

Hey,  Lizette,  that would no doubt be great fun in December.   There are tons of lights in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg which makes it look even more special.     And shopping,  you saw that on your last visit.   I'm in!

Posted by Connie King over 11 years ago

I have a slide show of pictures of the old Mount Sterling High School posted on my blog. There is also a music video of Jeff Vice's song, "Smalltown America", that he wrote about Mount Sterling, Kentucky and the Mount Sterling Trojans that you might enjoy. Go to Google, and type kallnar's blog in the search box if you are interested.

Posted by Kallnar over 11 years ago

David - If you've been there know all about it too! It never changes.

Connie, I'll let you know after we are there.

Kallnar, thanks for telling me about it. I just had to go take a look.

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 11 years ago

Poor Lizette, I can imagine how tired you were.  BUT, that BIG sense of satisfaction sure makes up for it, don't it.

I would suggest that you stop   "Anyway we parked kind of far from the car"

You wont be so tired if you park a little closer to your car!


Yeah, I know what you meant but couldn't resist.  My daughter went also.  Good lord, she came home with such a haul I don't know where she'll put it all.



Posted by Erby Crofutt, The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY (B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( over 11 years ago
Erby - I must have been so tired from all that shopping that I didn't realize my typo. Thankfully I have you to proofread my stuff!
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 11 years ago
This sounds like such a fun event.  Totally enjoyed reading it...It was fun going to tag along with you vicariously through this post. :)
Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 11 years ago
Great Post Lizette, I feel like I went as well, your description was excellent. Got to love these annual events, it's what makes our communities special.
Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) over 11 years ago
Lola and Debbie it sure was fun to have you two fantastic girlfriends along for the trip. Let's plan another one! 
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 11 years ago
Lizette - Truly excellent localism post. Great job with this. I loved all the interesting pictures.
Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 11 years ago
Bill - Thank you for such a lovely compliment! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Hope you are having a great weekend!
Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 11 years ago

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