Mount Sterling KY October Court Days

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY

In Mount Sterling Kentucky October Court Days = A Wild Weekend of Shopping!

  Mount Sterling October Court DaysThere is NOTHING in this world as whacky as October Court Days 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 Mount 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, Mt. Sterling is a quiet little Kentucky town of 6,317(2005 census) it grows to an estimated 130,000 during October Court Days!

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!

One 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 crazy women snatching, grabbing and bargaining with the seller in lightning speed!

The seller was this tiny Oriental girl delicately balancing on two concrete blocks(so she could have a good vantage point) with a fistful of money in one hand and a load of 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!

  Mount Sterling October Court DaysBack 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 Days 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.  

 Mount Sterling October Court Days

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

 Mount Sterling October Court DaysI also thought these little pets called Sugar Gliders were neat.

I held one in my hand and his little toenails were pretty sharp.

The sugar gliders 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 Days 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 this year, I will be looking forward to next time!


Lizette Realty Lizette Fitzpatrick

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Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
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Lizette,  October Court Days sounds like fun!  Wish I was there for that great haul.  I really enjoyed your story.

Oct 14, 2010 02:16 PM #1
Evelyn Johnston
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You write a good story Lizette! My husband is an artist and from 1993 until 2006 we lived in our motorhome and travelled around exhibiting his artwork all over the country.  So I was on the other end of the croud.  We displayed our wares and people came in admired the artwork and some took them home.  It is in your genes, on both sides of the coin! It was some of the best years of our lives!

Oct 14, 2010 02:58 PM #2
Jackie Connelly-Fornuff
Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY - Babylon, NY
"Moving at The Speed of YOU!"

Hi Lizette, I really enjoyed reading your post. I would be like a kid in a candy store at this event. Gotta love that toilet paper holder, lol.

Oct 14, 2010 11:34 PM #3
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

OK you got me with the ribs cooking on the grill. This looks like fun for the whole famliy.

Oct 15, 2010 02:13 AM #4
Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Lexington KY - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
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It's going to be such a nice weekend for this event. Blue skies and warm days.

Oct 15, 2010 02:16 AM #5
Steve Baklaich
RE/MAX Results St Cloud Mn real estate - Saint Cloud, MN
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Lizette, Court Days looks like a hoot. I think if you eat more of that good food you'll last longer and battle for more good deals. I would rather observe from the BBQ! Have a great time!

Oct 15, 2010 11:56 AM #6
Debbie Walsh
Shahar Management - Middletown, NY
Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036

Lizette-loved the story and this looks like such fun!

Oct 19, 2010 06:31 AM #7
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