Simon Kenton (April 3, 1755 – April 29, 1836)
was a famous United States frontiersman
and friend of Daniel Boone, Simon Girty,
Spencer Records and Isaac Shelby.
Simon Kenton was portrayed by Richard Grainger who watches
the long hunter portrayed by Dennie Mize from Cerulean Springs stricking a piece of flint to build a fire.
Dennie Mize was portraying Richard P'Pool's 6 times great grandfather Jacob Morris who is buried on
the Pennyrile golf course and spent his first winter in Kentucky with John Thompson in the Thompson Cave
over by the Main Lodge.
A new character was added to this year's program.
Johnny Appleseed protrayed by Joe Farless.
He was a huge hit with the children. Next to him is Sacagawea (Saka-ga-wea), Shoshone Indian woman
who helped with the Lewis & Clark Expedition, played again this year by Laurie Moquin and Seaman, played once
again by Soloman takes a little nap before his big appearence for the 5th graders.
Laurie and Soloman are from Cadiz, Ky.
Ken and Peggy Gilkey once again had the pleasure of telling
the 5th graders a bit about William Prince the founder of
Princeton, Ky. and his wife Elizabeth.
General John Caldwell and wife Judith portrayed
by Spencer Brewer and Linda Vincent enjoy a
and chips before the program begins.
George and Julia Tinsley once again portrayed by
Al Curry & Lisa Moore (Lisa not pictured)
Jane Vanhooser portraying Miss Nannie Catlett,
1st and only female school superintendent 1897-1901
Miss Nannie also bought the Banner Newspaper in 1902 and
in 1903 the Banner and the Leader consolidated.
She was the editor from 1902 until her death Dec. 15, 1931
Next to Jane are Dr. and Mrs. Duane Miksch,
Dr. Miksch portrayed himself and told the 5th graders about his years working with the NASA Space Program
Robert Ward as a Confederate Soldier during the Civil War.
I think Robert was happy to be in modern times where there
are cokes, chips and burgers, but he sure knows his Civil War stuff.
Another Confederate soldier played by Zack Cummins
Not pictured were the two Union Soldiers played by Miles Ward and Richard Byard
Is this an honery looking group of men or not ?
This year they did double duty and also filled in
as the Night Riders
of the Tobacco Wars era.
The James Gang /Night Riders protrayed by Rick Williams, Mike Stevenson,
Rick Morgan and Dwight Meeks, seated
Not pictured was Gerald Igleheart
The part of a modern day Marine was played
Colonel Roger Mitchell. The event was on Thursday night and
he had retired Wednesday the day before after 26 years.