HGTV “Love for La Grange” Debut’s and Adds to the Many Things to Do in Oldham County

HGTV “Love for La Grange” Debut’s and Adds to the Many Things to Do in Oldham County

News Release
Oldham County KY Tourism & Conventions
May 16, 2022

La Grange, Oldham County, KY – The wait is finally over. After being selected as one of six towns across the US to be featured on HGTV’s “Home Town Kickstart,” La Grange, KY has been put in the renovation spotlight. The town, known for the train tracks running through the middle of Main Street, appeared on the fourth episode of the series, titled “Love for La Grange” on Sunday, May 15 at 8 p.m.

For the big reveal the town did it up right with a premier watch party at Southeast Christian Church. Every seat was full – all 800 of them – as the show, hosted by Ben and Erin Napier, aired on the big screen. The afternoon was packed full of anticipation – food trucks, live music, and Main Street shops open to the public. The three projects that were chosen were on display from 9:15 p.m. – 11 p.m. But the sight-seeing doesn’t stop there – there are so many additional things to see and do during your visit to Oldham County!

Shopping and dining in La Grange with Trains on Main, 15 county-wide Farm Tours (including five horse farms), craft bourbons to explore, unique Underground Railroad history, and many other attractions found Only in Oldham, all combine to make for the perfect weekend getaway! Make one or several one-tank day trips which can include exploring La Grange, the “Kindness Capital of Kentucky.” The town earned that title thanks to Raegan and Rylyn Richins, two sisters with a goal to paint and distribute 60 “Be Kind” signs around town, using their earnings to donate to local charities. Their enterprise turned into 3,000 signs and caught the eye of HGTV.

Additional projects included the Alley Loop project, an idea of Heather Hottenroth, who owns a couple buildings in La Grange. Her goal is to beautify Main Street’s alleys and connect them into a walking loop around town. La Grange “needs something to help bring in visitors,” said Hottenroth. One focal point of the project was Alison Victoria’s idea to repurpose horse trailers to be used as pop-up shops by local artists such as Matt Hartledge.

HGTV’s Joe Mazza and Alison Victoria assisted in the La Grange makeover and Victoria commented, “Art and community go hand-in-hand.”  Victoria even got a special treat from local shop owner, Jenny Pfanenstiel, Master Milliner and Featured Milliner of the 147th and 148th Kentucky Derby. Pfanenstiel created a distinctive hat for Victoria from her Judith M Millinery Supply House on Main Street.

The third project involved giving Brandi and Andrew Dunk’s home a long overdue update. Brandi, a stay-at-home mom with five kids of her own, runs a day care from her home for children of essential workers. Her efforts to give back to the community were rewarded with a much needed makeover. Like many in the community, Brandi shares her talents to make Oldham County a special place to visit.

Host Ben Napier called La Grange “a classic Southern Town, full of hospitality.” That sentiment can be felt throughout the entire county in its many attractions, tours, accommodations, and unique one-of-a-kind experiences found Only in Oldham. You don’t have to look very far in Oldham County to discover an event or attraction made just for you.



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