Scottsville celebrates 40th Jacksonian Festival

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. – Scottsville celebrated its 40th year of the Jacksonian Festival this past Saturday.

Rogerlynne Briddon of the Scottsville City Council said this event first started in 1982, honoring a historic hotel that once stood in Scottsville named the Jacksonian. The hotel was around the turn of the century and lasted all the way through, until about the late seventies.

“The whole town is involved. Great music, just a safe environment. Lots for kids to do, and it’s just a whole community thing,” said Briddon.

When the hotel was raised to put a library and new building in town, Briddon said the Women’s Club decided, ‘Hey, we need to pay tribute.’ Briddon said it was a historic stop on Jackson Highway from Nashville to Louisville to Washington.

The festivities started with a 5k run early Saturday morning. Back in the eighties, they added an arts and crafts show, bringing artists and vendors from everywhere, including Appalachia.

“It’s had a long, good history,” added Briddon.

He said the event, once known as an arts festival, came to be known as a street fair. In addition, the festival features a beauty pageant, fishing tournament at Barren River Lake, live music, baked goods sales and a car show. The festival has been a week-long activity for years.

Briddon said after COVID caused a pause in celebrations, they decided to return with the festival in September for good weather.