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Old 07-06-2006, 07:10 AM
 
Location: South Jersey, for now
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My family and I are moving soon and we were wondering about Stamping Ground. We found a house online that looks perfect.

Just curious what the town itself is like. It's got an excellent proximity to the major cities and yet sits in the country. We will be visiting this week, but any info on the town and its folk would be wonderful. We will also be bringing a minature horse or two when we move so if anyone has any ideas on the 4H program or horse shows I would appreciate it.

Thanks all!
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:05 AM
 
Location: Old Louisville
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Stamping Ground is a city in Scott County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 566 at the 2000 census.

It was named for the activity of herds of bison in the area.

As of the census of 2000, there were 566 people, 230 households, and 152 families residing in the city. The median income for a household in the city was $32,250, and the median income for a family was $43,500.

To be honest, I have never even heard of this place before. But I can provide you more information on your later question. Kentucky is to horses like a fat kid is to cake (haha).

Here is the 4H website, run by UK:

http://www.ca.uky.edu/Agcollege/4h/

As for horse shows...well, you are in the self proclaimed horse capital of the world so there are a lot of horse shows. There are local shows, regional shows, and state wide shows....it really depends on what you are looking for.

Scott County Fair
Georgetown, KY (Scott County) 06/20/2006 - 06/24/2006

Carnival, Agricultural Exhibits, Home Interior/Crafts, Livestock Shows (probably horses too), Youth Exhibits, Horse Shows, Youth Market Livestock Auction, Baby Contests, Little Miss/Mister, Miss Teen Kentucky, Miss Kentucky County Fair, Demolition Derby, Garden Tractor Pull, Truck Tug-O-War, ATV Rodeo.

Kentucky State Fair
Louisville, KY (Jefferson County) 08/17/2006 - 08/27/2006

Each year you and your family will experience a sensory overload of rides, exhibits, food, crafts, animals, contests, music and games during the fair. It provides an opportunity for people from across the state to come together annually for an event that defines the Bluegrass like no other activity can.

Part of the KY state Fair is World's Championship Horse Show. This prestigious event attracts over 2,000 horses and people from all over the country and the world, awarding more than $1 million in premiums. World champion saddlebreds are crowned in different divisions during this show, which is held annually in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair. Competition categories include saddlebreds, roadsters, road ponies, hackney ponies, and saddle seat equitation.

One website you may want to check out is the Kentucky Association of Fairs and Horse Shows.

http://www.kafs.net/

This should list the majority (other than the very local shows) of horse shows and fairs in the state.


BTW, one last thing I'd like to say (not directed at you so don't worry...just the topic of horses got me going on it). Lexington may be the self proclaimed capital of the horse industry but it DOES NOT have the Kentucky Derby. The kentucky Derby is in LOUISVILLE. Sorry about that, but you would not believe how many people think Churchill Downs is in Lexington.
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:07 AM
 
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Hope this helps and good luck in your move.
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Old 07-08-2006, 06:43 AM
 
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Well thanks for all that! We were actually in Versailles during the last Derby, so we do know where it's located and how much it means to other areas of the state. AMAZING! Although not being traditional horse race followers we do enjoy placing our pretend $2 bets every year!

The fairs and local community activities are something we are genuinely looking forward to. That feeling is nearly gone, save for a very few small communities around here, since the casinos have generated the "culture" of late and driven the price of open space beyond our reach.

We are guilty of searching for a version of Mayberry (of Andy Griffith show fame) and we feel, and hope to find it in Kentucky. It's also halfway between our kids grandparents (Texas and New Jersey). Stamping Ground is a bit smaller than what our ideal is, but hopefully Georgetown, Versailles, Lexington, and surrounding area can provide us with whatever Stamping Ground lacks.

While we've done some research on the state and area we like it's hard to gauge what the level of acceptance will be for us. Hopefully we will be greeted as new neighbors and not usurpers. And hopefully 4H can be an early gateway of acceptance for our kids. Moving will be hard enough on them, but we feel it will provide a better life for us all.

Thanks again.
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Old 07-08-2006, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Old Louisville
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We are guilty of searching for a version of Mayberry (of Andy Griffith show fame) and we feel, and hope to find it in Kentucky. It's also halfway between our kids grandparents (Texas and New Jersey). Stamping Ground is a bit smaller than what our ideal is, but hopefully Georgetown, Versailles, Lexington, and surrounding area can provide us with whatever Stamping Ground lacks.
Haha, that is okay. A lot of people with families who move to Kentucky are looking for the exact same thing...they all want a good place to raise a family that has low crime and friendly people. Might want to check out my other post on the forum:

//www.city-data.com/forum/kentu...ng-change.html

I rated Lexington for another person on here (Crime, Traffic, Climate, Friendliness). Personally, I am not a big fan of that area of the state, but a lot of people do seem to like it. As for state county fairs fairs....well, there are a lot of them. This website lists the Counties and their County fairs.

http://www.kyagr.com/mkt_promo/fair/local%20fairs/index.htm (broken link)

I don't know where you are moving from, but our county fairs may be a little different than what you are use to. I have always enjoyed them but to be honest, they can sometimes be a little, for lack of a better word, hillbilly (some I have go to are all about tractor pulls, catching greased pigs, etc). Not that that is a bad thing, but sometimes I think it shocks people who aren't expecting it.

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While we've done some research on the state and area we like it's hard to gauge what the level of acceptance will be for us. Hopefully we will be greeted as new neighbors and not usurpers.
This part is also hard to judge for in-state residents as it can kind of be hit or miss from community to community. One problem with very small towns is that new residents often stick out like sore thumbs. Whether or not this will happen to you in Stamping Ground....I can't say. Generally though, people will come to accept you if you give them enough time.
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Old 07-08-2006, 03:18 PM
 
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I did read that post. Good stuff.

The Lexington area appealed to us partly for my wife's work (I'm a stay at home daddy right now). She travels quite a bit and the Lex airport and close proximity to Cinncinatti airport were taken into account. I don't remember why Louisville was left out, but our focus became the Lexington area. Even the possibility of switching to another company affords us several options in that same area.

When we visited last summer we drove to Louisville for the State fair, only to find out we were a day or two early. Nice ride though and even tough I'm not a baseball fan I really liked the Bats stadium. It seems hard to pick an area that isn't nice, but we had to focus somewhere and Lexington became that.

As for the local fairs and being "hillbilly", I'm hoping so. Our visit to Versailles in May included seeing the community center and fairgrounds. The real estate agent told us of some of the events, greased pig and ugliest or prettiest knees contests among others. I got just a little excited, our local fair has a talent show and that's about it after the farm animals and horse shows. I grew up in Nevada and the community my mother grew up in was like that, hillbillyish. I always loved it!

There was a post before about not telling outsiders anything. I got a little concerned after that, but we are looking to become a part of the community and hope it never becomes what we are leaving. We're good, down to earth people so I guess in time they will find that out. It would be pretty tough to not get known in a small community.

Either way we are a day or two from putting our house on the market and have an appointment with our real estate agent in Kentucky on Thursday, so not much room for second thoughts now.

Thanks again for the info and time you've taken!
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Old 07-09-2006, 08:01 PM
 
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The Lexington area appealed to us partly for my wife's work (I'm a stay at home daddy right now). She travels quite a bit and the Lex airport and close proximity to Cinncinatti airport were taken into account.
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Personally, I wouldn't fly out of Cincy airport if you can help it. Don't get me wrong, it is a very nice facility and they can get you anywhere you want to go....but it comes at a price. Cincy airport is a Delta hub and airfare is a lot more expensive. Try Lex airport or Lou airport....you might save a lot. One of my friend took a last minute trip to Vegas and ended up saving around 300 bucks by driving down to Louisville instead of Cincinnati. Louisville airport will make you laugh when you see it (it is pretty small).

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There was a post before about not telling outsiders anything. I got a little concerned after that, but we are looking to become a part of the community and hope it never becomes what we are leaving. We're good, down to earth people so I guess in time they will find that out. It would be pretty tough to not get known in a small community.
Yeah, that guy was an ***. There will always be those types who don't want any "big city folks" moving into their community. Haha, I actually found his post humorous, especially since he mentioned that he had moved from other places to Kentucky (how logical is that that he doesn't want people moving to Kentucky, yet he himself was what he hated the most?). Honestly, I don't think you'll have a big problem with it as most people are pretty friendly. It may take some time to get to know the locals in such a small community (those types seem to be pretty close knit), but after you "get known", you'll be fine. One good thing is that Lexington is fairly close and even if you do have any issues, you can always fall back to the city.

One thing I ask though, please for the love of all things sacred and holy, don't turn into another big blue crazy (we have enough as it is)! LoL! Good luck in your move and hope you enjoy our state.
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Old 07-10-2006, 05:43 AM
 
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One thing I ask though, please for the love of all things sacred and holy, don't turn into another big blue crazy (we have enough as it is)! LoL! Good luck in your move and hope you enjoy our state.
HA HA!!!! I doubt that will happen! I haven't enjoyed basketball for some years now (college or pros) and the teams I do follow are football and hockey, both are pro teams from Philly. Should be a bit lonely for me in that respect, especially hockey! I never really got to crazy fanatic level anyway.

Ohhhhhhhhh, but they do have Tubby and they are a top ranked team, and...... I'm just jerking yer chain Ha Ha!!!! How about them Cardinals? Fans just as crazy? I hear the matchup between them gets the state a rockin'.
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Old 07-10-2006, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Old Louisville
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HA HA!!!! I doubt that will happen! I haven't enjoyed basketball for some years now (college or pros) and the teams I do follow are football and hockey, both are pro teams from Philly. Should be a bit lonely for me in that respect, especially hockey! I never really got to crazy fanatic level anyway.
Ah, another hockey fan! Welcome to the State my friend...there are about 10 of us down here. I cheer for (and yeah you can laugh at this) the Colombus Blue Jackets. I started because they were so horrible but then I grew to love them. A football fan too...can't say I like the Eagles. My teams are the Bengals (I use to live close to Cincy) and the Packers (dad's family is from Wisconsin).

KY is most definately a college sports state. UK is huge in basketball. I read a recent poll in SI (this shows why some of the fans, in my opinion, are a bit out there) which said that 63% of Kentuckians are Kentucky Wildcats fans, while 16% are Louisville Cardinals fans (basically Louisvile and it's surrounding counties). The same poll found that 87% thought that the Wildcats verse the Cardinals was the state's biggest rivalry and a plurality (38%) considered Rick Pitino the "enemy of the state" (the man went pro, and came back to the state because he loved it....UK didn't have a position open for him, so he signed on with U of L...no he is hated by a good chunk of UK fans for being a traitor). But to explain the situation more clearly, I'll give you a run down:

First, because UK and Loserville are only 70 miles apart and within the same state, the two universities are natural rivals. The fans of each of these programs are fiercely loyal to their respective teams. Obviously, this is not uncommon in sports. Duke-North Carolina, Indiana-Purdue, Michigan-Michigan State are all representative examples of the nature of the UK-Loserville rivalry. The proximity of the schools, combined with the fervor (borderline insanity) with which Kentuckians support college basketball, makes for an intense rivalry.

Second, as with any rivalry there comes "bad blood" between the fans. For years, Louisville fans have perpetuated the notion that all UK fans are racist rednecks who marry their relatives and eat possum stew for Sunday dinner. In addition, they claim that UK is pretty much a one sport program (hard to argue the last 10 years or so...their football program has been pretty bad). Likewise, UK fans notoriously view the Cards as a whiny "Little Brother" who strives to reach but never can attain the sustained success of the UK men's basketball program. They also complain that Louisville fans are arrogant, elitist (they don't look in the mirror....ask a UK fan about UK basketball and you'll get an earful about 7 national championships, most wins of any college program, blah blah blah....). They don't bring up thought that they haven't bee to a final four or championship game since 1998 when Tubby took them with Rick's players [p.s. if you want to make a UK fan mad...tell them that or the fact that He returned the Cats to glory from years of scandal, won a national championship and barely missed winning two in a row].

Finally, UK and Louisville are not only in direct competition on the basketball and football, they are also competing from an economic standpoint. Marketing, fan support, sports merchandising, ticket sales, and numerous other economic factors are in play between UK and U of L. In addition, financial support from the state (in my opinion) has also caused a lot of bad blood. In 1998, the state passed a law naming UK the flagship institution of KY. As a result, a lot of funding has been prioritized to UK. U of L in particular was hit particularly hard last year (of the etire state's budget cutting, 20% feel to U of L). Personally this aspect of the relationship tends to affect U of L fans more than UK fans.
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Old 07-10-2006, 01:25 PM
 
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As you can imagine, with the right people, the intensity can be a little much on both sides:





Percentage of sports fans who said they have…

10%
Scheduled a major family event around a sporting event

6%
Missed a major family event because of a sporting event

16%
Cursed at a player or referee at a sporting event

5%
Gotten into a fight or hostile shouting match at a sporting event

5%
Canceled plans for a night out because their favorite team lost

1%
Missed work because their favorite team lost

5%
Started avoiding someone because they rooted for a different team

Results are based on 1,419
interviews with Kentucky and
Southern Indiana residents
who said they were either
“very” or “somewhat
interested” in at least one of
17 types of sporting event
asked about, and are subject
to a margin of error of plus or
minus 2.6 percentage points.

I've seen a fair share of brawls at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium (beer and football = drunk fights in the stands).

During Pitino's return to Rupp Arena in his first season at U of L, WHAS radio personality Terry Meiners, who was sitting behind the UK bench, said he heard fans taunting the coach over the death of his brother-in-law and best friend, Billy Minardi, in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

One sign in the crowd was addressed to Pitino's wife, Joanne: "We never liked you, either."
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