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The Lanesville Heritage Festival will kick off the fall season this weekend

By Bekah Landers and Claire Defrancisci

The sound of roaring tractor engines and the sight of whirling fair rides sends one into a flurry of crisp fall memories. This is the Lanesville Heritage Festival.

“I’ve never been there but I’m going this year because the rides sound really fun and I heard that you can milk a goat. That sounds really exciting,” said sophomore Garrett Glass.

The festival offers a wide variety of things to do this year such as helicopter rides on Saturday and Sunday, tractor pulls, the traditional hot air balloon glow, and the main parade on Saturday at 1 p.m. featuring FC’s NJORTC.

“I’m thrilled to be in the parade this year,” said sophomore ROTC member Alessa Farnsley. “We practice after school and warm up before the parade and then we march and represent FC.”

The Lanesville Heritage Festival also offers plenty of camping spaces.

“I’ve been camping there for four years now and it has been really fun,” said sophomore Gunner Turner. He added that he and his cousin go four-wheeling during the day and then ride the rides in the evening.

The rides at the festival are a popular attraction that some teenagers look forward to the most.

“My favorite ride is the ferris wheel that goes upside down and spins around; I ride it every time,” said Turner

“I really like all the rides,” said sophomore Caroline Wiseman. “I could eat an entire thing of nachos and then go and ride the hamster wheel and not be sick.”

The festival is a chance for teens to hang out with their friends, try new foods, check out interesting booths, and ride their preferred rides.

“My favorite memory was the night that I went with my friends, and we all just hung out and had a good time together,” said freshman Zach Robinson.

The festival has something for almost every age. Rides and games for small children, agricultural exhibits and booths with all sorts of different products for adults, and more mature rides for teenagers.

“The little kids hang out with their families, but the older kids tend to go off and do their own thing,” said Robinson.

The festival is located on the Heritage grounds behind Lanesville High School at the west end of town. There will be a shuttle that runs from the high school to the Heritage grounds as well. There will be a tractor and truck pull that runs tonight and Sunday afternoon. The spectator fee is $7. The Hot Air Balloon Glow will be held tonight at 9 p.m. and the main parade is at 1 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

The three-day festival will be held today, tomorrow, and Sunday with free admission and free parking.

Be sure to check out this article later this weekend for photos of the fun.

ROTC Replicas

By Anna Boone

Identical does not always mean the same. Just ask sophomore twins Katie and Kylie Davis

“We’re totally different,” said Katie.

Katie and Kylie both participate in ROTC, although they are in different platoons. Katie is on the drill team.

“Drill team is the platoon made up of 14 different people including your commander who has to memorize between 50-60 commands and you go to different drill meets and see – “

” – Who can perform the best,” chimed in Kylie.

While Kylie is not on the drill team, she is an assistant squad leader and is also a Public Affairs Petty Officer. This position means that she gets to go to all the public appearances of her platoon and take pictures and videos to help update the website.

Despite their different interests in ROTC, both Katie and Kylie said they have trouble being seen as individuals rather than part of a set.

“It’s frustrating because they think that since you look the same you should act the same,” said Kylie.

No matter how different their personalities are, however, physically Katie and Kylie are nearly the same in every way.

“Everyone gets us confused. Our two best guy friends still get us confused,” said Kylie.

Although having an identical twin can be hard – such as sharing everything – both agree that it can be a good thing.

“[The best thing about having a twin is] having the extra best friend,” said Kylie.

Highlander Outfitters store aims to dress students in school spirit attire

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By Bekah Landers, Paige Thompson, and Claire Defrancisci

The Highlander Outfitters may be one of the most under-the-radar aspects of FC. Located in the spine, the Highlander Outfitters store is full of merchandise to fulfill students’ school spirit needs.

FC’s business management class, taught by Chris Street, is in very high demand. With a maximum enrollment capacity of 28, Street accepted 35 students into the class. The class, which meets fourth period, operates the store.

“[The class] teaches them how a business operates, how to work with coworkers and classmates. They exhibit a lot of individual personality,” said Street. Being in business management means that students will be getting the hands-on experience of having their own business by working at Highlander Outfitters.

Students working at the store say they are learning real-world skills. “It will prepare someone to be financially capable of owning their own business,” said sophomore Amy McCormick.

Business management is also a way for students to acquire a more in-depth understanding of financing.

“We pretty much sell the merchandise, take inventory, learn about finance and how to handle a business,” said McCormick.

It is evident in the amount of money that the store makes that the students’ hard work is paying off.

“The store makes a lot of revenue. We made $25,000 last year,” said junior Hannah Merk.

Highlander Outfitters sells a variety of merchandise supporting FC. The prices range from a $5 water bottle to a $40 windbreaker.

“Crew neck sweatshirts are my favorite item because they’re cozy and don’t choke you,” said McCormick.

The Outfitters store offers sweatshirts, sweatpants, T-shirts, crew neck shirts, hoodies, jackets, polos, and much more. In the upcoming weeks the Outfitters store may also offer a new drawstring backpack.

Although the final decision is made by Street, student input on designs is highly important. Street said they try to offer new products every semester.

“There isn’t a lot of advertising going on; we attend all sporting events and extracurricular activities to get the products out there as much as possible,” said Street.

Students, parents, and faculty interested in merchandise can stop by the Highlander Outfitters every Thursday and Friday during lunch and at all sporting events. In addition, Street said the Highlander Outfitters will soon be on Facebook as well.

Fairgoers flock to try the new and bizarre creations at the state fair

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By Claire DeFrancisci and Bekah Landers

As soon as you walk out of the car and onto the fairgrounds the familiar smell of fried food and manure fills your head. This is the Kentucky State Fair. This year’s famed attraction at the fair is a bizarre creation: Deep fried Kool-Aide.
Deep fried Kool-Aide is one of the many new and peculiar additions at this year’s fair. Raking in new customers every day, it is surely one of the main attractions this year.  It ultimately is made with Kool-Aide powder mixed with batter and deep fried to perfection and sprinkled with a powdered sugar dusting to top it all off.“I have no idea what this tastes like,” said Sarah Bardolf of Crestwood Kentucky. “To me it tastes like cherry pie filling inside of a corn dog.”Rhonda Stanbury, a fairgoer from the area said, “They’re awesome, they taste like a cherry doughnut.”

The Krispy Kreme Donut Bacon Cheese Burger is another attention-grabbing food booth. It is essentially one glazed Krispy Kreme doughnut, lettuce, tomato, onion, hamburger patty, cheese, bacon, and finally another Krispy Kreme doughnut. This multi-meal snack packs in a near 1,500 calories.

“We try to bring new items to the fair every year. Last year it was the donut burger, this year it’s the buffalo chicken donut sandwich. We also have the fried Kool-Aide and the fried Derby Pie,” said Krispy Kreme booth employee Don Kenna.

Kenna also said that he feels the Donut Burger appeals to fair-goers the most because it is a good product with great advertising.

High prices were an issue at the fair for some.  With a $10 entrance fee for adults and an eight dollar parking fee, some people are hesitant to purchase anything else.

“I went to get a lemonade shake up and it was six dollars. It wasn’t worth it,” said junior Matthew Langdon.

The fair will be open until Sunday, Aug. 28. Traditional fair rides, agricultural exhibits, dog shows, concerts, games, and much more will be featured.

Capriole Farm powered by passion

By Meghan Poff

Turning off New Cut Road, the gravel driveway of Capriole Farm is swallowed into a deep thicket of trees. The day is overcast and humid but thin streaks of light weakly dapple the ground as the heavy weight of the forest looms overhead.

Suddenly, the driveway twists into a colorful open field. Now it is rippling green hills as far as the eye could see, a stately log cabin engulfed by a garden, the petals of the flowers stained in every hue of the rainbow.

It is almost 90 degrees outside, but Judy Schad smiles contently as she hacks away at the weeds alongside the stately log house; though still elegant and poised in the pearls which she wear everyday.

Judy and her family first came upon this land in the late 1970’s after it was referred to them by a client of her husband Larry, a southern Indiana lawyer. Judy recalls her first visit to the farm.

“When we first reviewed the property, it had been abandoned for several years. The farmhouse had burned down some time ago and all that was left was the foundation. Everything was overgrown and the landscape needed lots of work. But I was in love. The moment we saw the place, Larry just looked over at me and said, ‘I feel like I’m home,’” Judy said.

The rest is history. In 1977 Judy and her three young children, Matt, Kate, and Sam, started showing their first goat as a 4-H project.

“Hills ‘O Crimson Blue Banda. Quite a mouthful for a goat name, I know. And to think when we first came here I wanted a cow,” said Judy.

But her passion for goat cheese didn’t come along until 1982.

“The early 80’s were an interesting time culinary-wise in America. American cooking began to change, restaurants started combining French methods and techniques with traditional American meals. That was when I had my first taste of goat cheese, and it was, well, spectacular. It was very French and very up-and-coming, and I wanted to be a part of that,” she said.

Three years later in 1985, Judy went to Arkansas, bought some equipment and a herd of 70 goats. She was commercially licensed in 1988, started making cheese at Huber’s, and then began to wait.

“I had to see if the market was right for goat cheese. I didn’t want to put myself out there with something people weren’t interested in. But they were. So I started building my market. Goat cheese was in, it was big, so I had a product with some validity,” said Judy.

Though while Judy was steadily creating her empire, her daughter Kate had other plans.

“I grew up on the farm, and I hated it. I moved away and went to cooking school. I bought a restaurant when my son Sam was born, but had to sell it when he was three because I couldn’t raise him and make it work,” she said.

From her Louisville home, she ran her catering business, Katering, until arm surgeries left her unable to work at the level she was accustomed to.  

“After that, I sort of fell into my role as the bookkeeper at Capriole’s cheese plant. And I found not only did I like it, but I was good at it. Living on the farm is the best of all worlds, as I’ve gotten older, it is nice to be closer to family,” said Kate

So what’s in the future for Kate and Judy?
“ I like catering but I don’t see myself doing it again anytime soon. Just lots of cheese. When I’m not thinking about cheese I wonder why I’m not thinking about cheese,” said Kate.

As for Judy,

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years and I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing until everyone gets sick of it.”