While spring and summer are weeks and months away, there are still a number of upcoming events and activities folks in Harlan can look forward to in the meantime.
Harlan Tourism Director Brandon Pennington provided an update on some of the recreational opportunities scheduled in the next few weeks.
“The first thing coming up is the Our Story Festival,” Pennington said. “It’s a festival we’re putting together with the Harlan County High School Future Problem Solving Team.”
According to Pennington, the Our Story Festival will celebrate anything and everything related to Harlan County.
“It’ll be local vendors, local bands, locally made items, local food, that kind of thing,” Pennington explained. “It will be from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Harlan Center on March 4. If it involves Harlan County, we want to incorporate it into the festival.”
Pennington added the students are also putting on a 5K run on the same day.
“It’s going to be called “Run Your Roots 5K,” Pennington said. “It’ll start at 9 a.m. on March 4 as part of the festival.”
The Our Story Festival is free to the public.
Pennington also mentioned another project on which they are partnering with the HCHS Future Problem Solving Team.
“We’ve started placing geocaches around town,” Pennington said. “A geocache is a container that has been hidden somewhere. You get coordinates off the internet and people navigate to the hidden location. Once they get to the location and find the geocache, there’s a log in the container that they can fill out.”
Pennington said so far approximately ten geocache containers have been placed around Harlan County.
“We have one here at the Harlan Center,” Pennington said. “We’ve had people from Alabama, Michigan, and many other places come and look it up. It’s an international game.”
The geocache app is available for download on most smartphones. For more information on geocaching, go to www.geocaching.com.
Also on the horizon is the Fourth Annual Harlan County Run with Color 5K.
“The Harlan County Run with Color 5K is on April 8,” Pennington said. “Registration is open, typically we have about 200 people for this race. We’re adding another color station this year, so we’ll have six color stations. We’ll have three powder color stations and three liquid color stations.”
Anyone interested in participating in the run may register at the Harlan Center or online at www.harlantourism.com. The registration fee is $25.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde.