LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social kicked off downtown Lexington's Fourth of July festivities at the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park on Wednesday.
Judging took place around 10:00 a.m. There were 42 pies this year that were judged in two categories: "made from scratch" and "semi-homemade." There was also an award given for the "prettiest pie."
Once those winners were announced, everyone got to enjoy a slice of pie, along with a side of ice cream, both of which are local.
"You have pies made from fresh apples and fresh strawberries," explains Elizabeth Chaney, Chaney's Ice Cream. "Then, you also have ice cream that's made here locally in Kentucky on a fifth generation family dairy farm. Really just getting back to the roots of where our food comes from and it's a great event. It's awesome. It's free ice cream today, so there's nothing better than that."
Celebrations will continue Thursday. At 8:00 p.m. the Patriotic Concert will take place at the Old Morrison lawn on the Transylvania University campus.
On Friday, the 4th of July Festival and street fair will be all day on Main Street. At 2:00 p.m., the annual 4th of July Parade will begin on Main Street. Then, at 10:00 p.m., there will be a fireworks show on Main Street.