When Is Preston Court Day in KY?

Court Days in Preston, KY, are also known to locals as Trade Days.  The outdoor festival is the largest in Kentucky. The attractions include flea market type booths, yard sales, gun swapping, dog and animal trades, food booths and carnival rides.
The event runs a total of four (official) days and always ends on the third Monday in October.  Each year the event seems to start another day earlier though.

UPDATE: 2015

Please Check back for updates.

Updated: 9/11/2015

Bit o’ History
Preston Court Days originally stemmed off from the Mt. Sterling Court Days in the 1970’s with the help from James “Coon” Conyers.

Way back in 1794, the Mt. Sterling Court days got it’s name because once a year the Circuit Judge made a visit to town to try criminals.  And people from the area  would meet up  to sell their items and crops or to do some trading of goods. Back then Mt. Sterling allowed the sale and trade of dogs and many other animals.  But dogs were always the main attraction.  Hunters from all over came to buy, sell and trade for dogs. Hence the nickname of the event, Trade Days. 
Then sometime in the 1970’s, the Mt. Sterling Court Days banned the sale of animals, especially dogs. I’m not sure why but many people were outraged, including James “Coon” Conyers.  He had been running the largest dog trade days in KY, so he decided that he would start one up in Preston. 
And wow did it take off?

Nowadays coon hunters, shoppers, sightseers, antique hunters and everyday locals can’t wait for this yearly event to roll in!

The tiny town of Preston is made up of only about 500 people.  But when Court Days roll in, the visitor count will easily exceed ten to fifteen thousand.  And each year that number continues to grow!

Where is Preston, KY?
Preston is one of the towns that make up the county known as Bath. It is only about three miles south west of Owingsville, right off I-64 interstate, exit 121. It was founded in 1881 as Preston Station as being part of the Big Sandy Railroad. Preston is also home to one of the oldest, still in business, country stores, Blevins Grocery. And the little country store sits right in the center of all the action.
If you stop in, be sure to grab you a bologna sandwich!

Each year the number of trading booths continue to grow.  People travel from all over the country to buy, sell, trade and browse. You have a humongous selection of merchandise to choose from. Everything from new items like as t-shirts, shoes, purses, housewares, etc. to those one of a kind antiques you may be searching for to finish off a collection. Whatever that may be. It also has a large number of animal booths. Dogs and guns are the main attraction due to the fact of many hunters in the area. And that the Mt. Sterling Court days banned the sale or trade of animals around 1970.

The food booths are incredible.  Preston Court Days has the best home cooked foods around. Whether it is country ham, brown beans, cornbread, chili dogs or yummy cheeseburgers, you can find it all. And you will love it.  
I recommend the Blooming Onions but
my sister swears the Amish home made fried apple pies are to die for!

 Preston Court Days is a great way to ring in fall. So come on out and join in all the fun.

If you need driving directions to Preston, KY please click here: Preston Map

UPDATE: 2014
This year, 2014, The Preston Court Days are set to officially begin on Oct. 17th and end on the third Monday which is the Oct. 20th.
But as the tradition grows rapidly each year, usually vendors begin selling for the entire week leading up to the end date. So look for booths to unofficially start setting up on Oct.13, 2014 until Oct. 20, 2014. 
UPDATE: 2015
Please Check back for updates.
Officially, the begin days is set for OCTOBER 16, 2015.  But a few locals and vendors will begin to set up on October 12th, which is the Monday.  The last day of Court Days is on the third Monday, which is OCTOBER 19th. 

Updated: 9/11/2015

Will you be there trading, buying or selling?

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Booth 555
    Oct 18, 2015 @ 08:15:45

    I was out there both Friday and Saturday and there were plenty of golf carts, four wheelers and atv's riding around. Even four wheelers pulling tobacco wagons to give people lifts for a $1.00.


  2. Booth 555
    Oct 18, 2015 @ 08:13:19

    usually around 8am it starts back up good and continues until about dark


  3. CrazyCatLady
    Oct 18, 2015 @ 06:42:29

    What are the hours for Sunday?


  4. Unknown
    Oct 18, 2015 @ 06:40:18

    What are the hours for Sunday?


  5. Booth 555
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 20:45:47

    Oh great! So glad you are making it back! Tomorrow should be the busiest day. It sure does have something for everyone.
    I just got home from there. We ran out and grabbed dinner at a vendor booth because we are close. Blooming onion for me and philly cheese steak with extra everything for hubby.
    Hope yall have fun and find something you can't live without!


  6. Heather TN1
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 18:34:03

    Me my mom and my daughter are leaving late tonight from our home in Jonesborough, TN heading there. We are staying until Sunday evening. Me and mom came two years ago on a whim and loved it. So we are very excited to be able to come back!! Can't wait!!


  7. Booth 555
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 15:22:05

    I havent seen any yet but if they're here they must be somewhere else not where they usually were


  8. Booth 555
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 12:35:12

    There are wayyyy to many vendors to try and even take a wild guess. It's in full swing now, come out n visit if you can.


  9. Heather TN1
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 12:09:34

    Do you know how many vendors will be there this year?


  10. Heather TN1
    Oct 16, 2015 @ 12:08:44

    Do you have any idea how many vendors will be there this year?


  11. Ratliff
    Oct 14, 2015 @ 06:43:31

    Can you buy,sell or trade hunting dogs this year


  12. Booth 555
    Oct 11, 2015 @ 19:14:06

    I have not found an official answer written about this yet for Preston. But for Mt.Sterling one, (in case you go there to,) I found that they do not allow any unauthorized vehicles including atv's or golf carts.


  13. Janeffer Saylor French
    Oct 10, 2015 @ 17:41:07

    Can you still drive golf carts?


  14. Booth 555
    Sep 12, 2015 @ 13:46:30

    Hi Nancy, it sure is something to visit if you possibly can. They really do have something for everyone. Even if you're not looking to buy, you can feast at some awesome food booths too.


  15. Nancy Chan
    Sep 11, 2015 @ 12:14:46

    Preston Court Days sound very interesting. Would love to visit if I have the opportunity to do so!


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