• 63°

Festival hits town Saturday, starts with conference Friday

In addition to the Soul of 2nd Street Festival, which happens at Constitution Square 2-10 p.m. Saturday, a unique history conference will open up festivities on Friday, and the public is invited. The Soul of 2nd Street History conference will be 2-6 p.m. at the Boyle County Public Library. There will be history displays and speakers honoring these local sports heroes, legends, and icons. Light refreshments and history exhibits open at 2 p.m. Conference begins at 3 p.m.  An introduction into the day’s presented programs will be given by Michael Hughes, and an awards presentation also will be held. Programs by speakers include:

• “My Experiences in Sporting Competitions,” Mary A. Sleet

• “Two Owners, a Horse and His Trainer,” Mike Dennis

• “Hall of Fame,” Johnny Raines

• “From Bate High to Danville High,” Eugene Johnson

• “My Centre Experience,” Gordon Benning

• “Covering the Sports Page,” Billy Reed

The event is organized by the library and the Boyle County African-American Historical Society.

Info: (859) 238-7323