Anthony and Carolyn Roney Goodman of Bardstown both grew up in Boyle County. They joined others who grew up in Casey County asking about friends and family. Several people asked about Conley and Joann Wilkerson of Sugar Bush Farm near Perryville, and people who have attended Centre College talked about how friendly and pleasant Danville is.
Stuart Sanders, who was manning the Kentucky Historymobile, and Jerri Bryant, both of Danville, were about the only local people who stopped by. Sanders was taking a break from showing school children through the historymobile.
Interest in Civil War
Brad Hammond, of Clarksville, Ind., who appeared to be in his 50s, said the most impressive thing he has ever seen was the re-enactment of the Battle of Perryville. He was 11 years old when he attended. "I've talked about it ever since," he said. He may come back this year.
Several Civil War buffs asked about the re-enactment this October when thousands of re-enactors are expected to attend and crowds may number 30,000 to 40,000 people.
A portion of the Boyle booth was a display of items connected to the Civil War era. Confederate and Union flags, an old desk and a lot of information was on display.
Jan Martin, who has Stratton relatives in Boyle County, said the family has her great-grandmother Kinder's spinning wheel that she used in the Civil War era.
"She was spinning wool when the battle broke out," said Martin. A portion of the material she was spinning is still on the wheel. She said she could hear the cannon fire all around as she sat at her at Anderson County home spinning.
Looking for events close to home
Most people who came by were looking for events close to home. Many said the rising gasoline prices were keeping them traveling closer to home. Several were interested in Pioneer Playhouse and the 2007 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the filming of "Raintree County."
"I used to travel, but I can't afford to anymore," Roger Crum of Hibernia, Ind., commented.
Irene Snow Jagggers was hostess at the Lincoln County booth, and Sandra Downey of Harrodsburg was in the Mercer County tourism booth.
Several local volunteers spend the day at the local tourism booth state fair each year promoting the city and county.