The Great Outhouse Blowout is Saturday

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By The Staff

Sparta's got NASCAR but Historic Penn's Store, just outside Lebanon has the Outhouse 300, the main event of the Great Outhouse Blowout Saturday, Sept. 11.

Born from the Outhouse Dedication ceremony on Sept. 8, 1992, this unique event is held annually to celebrate and preserve Kentucky's rural heritage. The Blowout features the Outhouse 300, a slate of 100-yard drag races with outhouses on wheels, the Car, Truck & Motorcycle Country Cruise-In, a Parade of Privies, an Ugly Truck Contest, live music all day, the Outhouse Bachelor Contest, an Ugly Legs Contest, summer and autumn produce, arts/crafts vendors, books and authors, kids booth, outhouse games, door prizes and plenty of great food.

The Outhouse 300 features an Open division, All-Girls Division and Prime Privy Division (40 years old and over). Prizes are $300 (sponsored by Tarter Gate Co.) for first, $200 (sponsored by Stuart Powell Ford) for runner-up and $100 (sponsored by J&J Auto) for third place.

This is "the" rural experience. General admission is $3. Toddlers and infants get in free. Bring a chair or blanket.

For more information, call (859) 332-7715 or e-mail pennsstore@aol.com. Penn's Store is located at 257 Penn's Store Rd., Gravel Switch, KY 40328.

For more information about Lebanon or to request a free visitor's guide, go to www.VisitLebanonKy.com.

2010 GOB Schedule... Saturday, Sept. 11 • 9 a.m. - Open to public. • 10 a.m. -Outhouse 300, Ugly Legs, Outhouse Bachelor and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Country Cruise-In participants check in. • 11 a.m. - Line up for parade. • 11:30 a.m. - Parade of Privies. • Noon - Outhouse 300 races begin. • 12:30 p.m. - Contests begin. • 1 p.m. - Dix River Crossing band. • 2 p.m. - Mighty Blues Dragon band. • 3:45 p.m. - Special Auction for signed poster by Jerry Bruckheimer, Hollywood producer of hit TV shows and movies such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Amazing Race, Top Gun, Pearl Harbor, Pirates of the Caribbean and Black Hawk Down. • 4 p.m. - Passed Experience band. • 5:45 p.m. - Championship Outhouse 300 race and awards.

• 7 p.m. - GOB Concert Series.