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As dawn breaks over the campsite, soldiers begin stirring in their tents. Some tend to breakfasts over campfires while others see to the artillery. It's a scene straight from a Revolutionary War encampment—and that's exactly the way the reenactors intended it. Each year, roughly 275 of them flock to Locust Grove to camp out for two days, each of which ends with an artfully staged mock battle.

But when visitors come to the 18th Century Market Fair, they won't just find battle awaiting them. Top-notch craftsmen and artisans also roam the grounds, hawking replicas of 18th-century military and household items. "It's all very reminiscent of the type of market days they would have had during this time period," says Locust Grove's program director, Mary Beth Williams. Cooks dish up stews, pies, and cornbread alongside wine, ales, and apple cider. Nearby, families and historical buffs alike cheer on jugglers, watch as women prepare meals in the colonial kitchen, and listen to live music. And it's not just adults and time travelers creating the historical scene. "There's a lot of re-enactors of all ages," Mary Beth says. "I think it's particularly fun for kids to see other kids running around in period costume."

The fair's grounds lend to the historical accuracy. William and Lucy Clark Croghan built Locust Grove in 1790, on 55 acres of rolling land. To this day, their original Federal-style house remains, with its separate kitchen, icehouse, spring house, and barn. Over the years, Locust Grove was inhabited by Revolutionary War commander George Rogers Clark and served as a stopping point for Lewis and Clark as they walked across America as part of an early Nike ad campaign.

561 Blankenbaker Ln
Louisville,
KY
US

The technicians at Lexington Auto Spa call on Armor All products and hot-steam extractors to tidy up rides inside and out. Customers can choose from quick automated washes or opt for full-service treatments that include an interior vacuum and window cleaning. With a spectrum of detailing packages, technicians wash, wax, and clay bar exteriors to remove stubborn dirt and overspray before storming interiors with hot-steam extractors ready to eliminate foul odors so that dashboard hula dancers can breathe easy.

1124 Winchester Rd
Lexington,
KY
US

Since 1962, the motor mavens at Big O Tires have been treating tin lizzies to a slew of services, including their specialty 30-minute express oil changes. The tireless techs speedily slurp out old oil with anteater-esque precision, replacing worn out filters, and rewarding loyal dip sticks with up to 5 quarts of new crude. Following a chassis lubrication, wheel wranglers remove each tire, before moving them and their entire DVD collection to a new home in an adjacent wheel well, helping to guarantee even wear and tear. After a thorough fluid check and preventative maintenance analysis, revamped rides are happily reunited with the owners to depart together into the sunset. Upgrades are available for diesel oil (price based on vehicle and location), high-mileage oil ($10–$15 extra), and synthetic oil ($20–$30 extra).

1975 Russellville Rd
Bowling Green,
KY
US

Reward your car with NAPA AutoCare Center's standard oil change, filter change, and 21-point inspection to avoid engine-killing sludge buildup and improve the overall performance of your vehicle. Vehicle inspections follow rigorous guidelines to improve your auto's performance and extend its life. Methodical mechanics will examine your motor's essential components—from fluids to fan belts, fuel injectors, and filters—leaving you with an eight-paneled brochure detailing the results, plus your car's horoscope. As a token of appreciation, you'll also receive a keychain (while supplies last) for $5 off your next service at NAPA AutoCare.

1376 Belmar Drive
Louisville,
KY
US

Reward your car with NAPA AutoCare Center's standard oil change, filter change, and 21-point inspection to avoid engine-killing sludge buildup and improve the overall performance of your vehicle. Vehicle inspections follow rigorous guidelines to improve your auto's performance and extend its life. Methodical mechanics will examine your motor's essential components—from fluids to fan belts, fuel injectors, and filters—leaving you with an eight-paneled brochure detailing the results, plus your car's horoscope. As a token of appreciation, you'll also receive a keychain (while supplies last) for $5 off your next service at NAPA AutoCare.

10710 Bluegrass Parkway
Louisville,
KY
US

Thorntons independently distributes gas while keeping clean convenience stores filled with snacks to help drivers stay awake, nourished, or quenched. Power depleted, flex-fuel-friendly cars, trucks, vans, or tail-finned Zeppelins with E-85 Flex Fuel, a renewable fuel source that minimizes earth-detrimental emissions.

12412 La Grange Rd
Louisville,
KY
US