Department of Parks
Watch History Come Alive at Danville's Constitution Square Festival

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 18, 2008  
Contact Information:  Brenda Willoughby
(859) 239-7089

DANVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky history, juried arts & crafts, music and lots of local color are on tap for the 30th annual Constitution Square Festival in the heart of historic downtown Danville. The festival, a Kentucky Tourism Council Top 10 Designated Event, will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Sept. 19-21, 2008.   This award-winning celebration of Kentucky’s origins takes place at Constitution Square State Historic Site, the grounds of the actual events surrounding the drafting and signing of Kentucky’s Constitution in 1792.

Look for strolling musicians, pioneer living history encampments and craft demonstrations.  Listen for the sounds of dulcimers, guitars, fiddles and singing, as continuous entertainment is provided throughout the three-day festival.  If you like country, folk, gospel, bluegrass, swing, jazz, blues, bag pipes or toe tapping tunes, the festival will be music to your ears.

You’ll want to ”shop ‘til you drop” at the 80 fine arts and craft booths that are the core of the festival.  Considered by many to be one of the top craft shows in Kentucky,  this festival offers everything from the traditional (quilts, baskets and pottery) to the more contemporary (sculpture, jewelry and blown glass).  In addition, you will find beautifully designed stained glass creations, antiques, Shaker reproductions, pressed flowers, birdhouses, painted gourds, stone creations, clothing plus visual arts, foods, books, music and wood products.

Children will enjoy activities scheduled just for them.  Kids can adopt a pet from the local Humane Society, feed and pet animals, try face painting and sand art, and dip your hands in wax and a potter will attract kids of all ages.  Round out your day with a carriage ride through historic downtown Danville or tour Dr. Ephraim McDowell's historic house, Wilderness Trace Art Gallery or the local historical society museum.  Don’t forget the great food and drinks offered by local civic groups.  You might even want to participate in the 5K Run on Sunday afternoon.  Best of all, there is no admission charge to attend the festival!

Mark your calendars for Sept. 19-21 and prepare to step back in time at the Constitution Square Festival in historic downtown Danville.  Follow Highway 27 South 30 miles from Lexington or take I-64 East from Louisville to 127 South, 8l miles to Danville.  For more information, call 859-239-7089 or visit our website at or

Constitution Square Festival Hours:                

Friday – 10am-9pm
Saturday -10am-9pm
Sunday -11am-5pm

Arts & Craft Booth Hours:

Friday & Saturday – 10am-7pm
Sunday – 11am-5pm


The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at