By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
A lot of people jockeyed for position for a good seat at Nibroc Park on Monday.
Given that Monday was Columbus Day — and the day for Downtown Corbin’s annual celebration of “Oktoberfest” — that was understandable.
Not that there wasn’t any place to sit. There were plenty of benches to go around.
Ralph and Arlene Childers, of Corbin, found one bench, right smack dab in the middle of the park.
The view was good, too.
“We came here about an hour ago to have a sandwich and a soda. We come down to the park pretty often during Oktoberfest, Nibroc and other occasions,” said Arlene, enjoying the warm weather and the spectrum of fall colors that painted the autumn landscape of the park.
Added her husband, Ralph, “We’re both retired, and we both just like to get out. We see people we haven’t seen in a while. There’s a good crowd out here today.”
Sure as the leaves change color at this time of year, a man stopped by to make conversation with Ralph and Arlene.
Towards the Main Street side of the park, Joe Ledington and his wife, Jill, were sitting out, watching the crowd go by.
“We came here last year. We’re repeaters,” said Jill Blair Ledington.
Their small table had some brochures and information about breast cancer and cancer in general, as well as Woodmen of the World, the organization Jill and Joe work for.
They may have been at the park last year for Oktoberfest. But this year, it’s a little different.
Joe said, “We’re newlyweds. We got married May 14th. Not too many people know about that. I work in Somerset, and she works in London.”
On the end of Nibroc Park facing the painted brick wall, Alysha Hale, of London, was taking a picture of a little Jack Russell Terrier named “Spunky.”
Spunky was at the booth of an organization called Justice for Abused Animals.
The organization rescues mistreated animals, gets them medical treatment, offers them for adoption and fights for their rights.
On Monday, Spunky was offering kisses to people for a dollar. And, from the looks of things, she was a charmer.
“Spunky’s been great. At first, she was a little bit quiet, checking everything out. Since she’s warmed up to the crowd, she’s giving kisses left and right and doesn’t stop. The money raised from this is for abused animals who need medical treatment,” said Jamie Medlin, who founded the group last year.
Hale, a volunteer with the Elder Abuse Council (which had a booth at the park as well), liked what she saw, and gave a dollar to put in the donation box.
“I wanted to see who was giving kisses, and Jamie’s about to talk me into adopting a dog. Spunky gave me a few kisses, but I’d like to adopt ‘Sweet Pea.’ She’s also a rescue dog. Sweet Pea was hit by a car, and had a broken femur. Jamie’s group paid to have the surgery done, and now Sweet Pea’s doing good and ready to be adopted,” Hale said as she showed Sweet Pea’s picture to a man next to her.
Medlin pointed out the organization’s made a lot of progress in its short existence.
“We’ve done several court cases in southeastern Kentucky. We’ve rescued probably a total of 30-40 animals from cruelty charges. The law is working with me, and we’re doing real good,” she said.
In the background, the classic Etta James tune, “At Last,” plays over the speakers. Sung by Melanie Kirby, of London, the song fills the fresh fall atmosphere.
At that moment, a sign at a nearby booth proclaimed:
“Oh Snap, Who Tarted? Pictures and Smelly Goods Available Here.”
Cindi Benton and Jaimee Brown explained the catchy sign, which blew over often from the October breeze.
“I make handmade soy candles and ‘tarts.’ A tart is like a candle without a frame. I like them because I can add more fragrance to them and they last longer,” said Benton, who was born in Miami, Fla., raised in nearby Fort Lauderdale and now lives in Corbin.
“And I take pictures. I’m a photographer. Cindi runs a ‘Kountry Crafts’ business that sells homemade bath and body goods, candles, gifts and ‘Tin Men.’ We were trying to come up with something that would combine our two businesses. The sign said it all. People love it ,” noted Brown.
On the side where Brown has her photography set up, pictures of her work adorn the booth. One of them is placed on an easel, showing an enlarged portrait of her three sons — 11-year-old Jaice, 7-year-old Johnavun, and 4-year-old Jole.
On the side Benton works at, four Tin Men were lined up, ready for action. One sported a painted black outfit with the Harley-Davidson logo on its front, while another wore painted camouflage with the U.S. Army star. Next to him, a neighboring tin man bled UK Big Blue, while to his right, his neighbor sported a shiny metallic uniform.
“My husband and I came here six years ago. I started this business on a dare. I won. What’s cool for me is that here in Corbin, the seasons change. They didn’t have that in South Florida. Now that I’m here, I’d never have it any other way,” Benton said.
Brown added, “This is the third or fourth year for us to come down here at the park. It’s easygoing. You talk to new faces. They look at my pictures, they look at the tarts Cindi made. Then conversations get going, and people enjoy themselves. It’s one big community.”
By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer
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