The annual Heritage Festival is happening this weekend in Horse Cave.
For many it’s a time to come together, eat great food, and celebrate the city’s history, but one local business owner says he won’t be attending.
“I mean it hurts you. It hurts your feelings, you know, that for some reason they don’t want you here, but it is what it is, that’s what they say.” says Randy Bell.
Randy Bell, owns a food business selling pork skins.
Bell says the festival has turned him down, not once, but for the past three years in a row.
Instead of driving 45-miles this weekend to set up at another festival, he says he would much rather sell his snacks in the community he has called home the past five years.
“It’s been a really good event for the town itself and for vendors that come in and set up and everything. The town usually puts on a really big spectacle, but over the years it seems like there has kind of been a decline or dwindling down of vendors.” says Emry Riley, who owns a local antique store in downtown Horse Cave.
Randy Bell say he feels ignored by the city.
“I probably would never set up here again, probably wouldn’t even ask. After three times of being turned down… I am pretty well done with this city.” says Bell.
The Heritage Festival Chairman and City Clerk, Ken Russell, says they are not ignoring Bell, it’s just against the Festivals policy.
“Our steering committee has a policy that we allow six full food vendors, that is people that have a complete line of food. Then we have those limited food vendors such as people who have shaved ice, people who have cotton candy, they may have popcorn and of course pork rinds come into that group and we allow one of those per year.” says Russell.
“It shouldn’t matter how many people is wanting to set up to do one thing. I mean everybody ought to be able to set up. It just generates more money for the city.” adds Bell.
The Heritage Festival begins Friday and goes down Main Street in downtown Horse Cave.