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Crescent Hill Fourth of July Festival canceled; silent auction held online

Items up for auction include a 10-year-old bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle and a soccer player signed by Louisville City FC players.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — For the first time in 37 years, the Crescent Hill Fourth of July Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19. While concerns about the pandemic have disrupted the festivities, organizers of the event are still raising money for the Peterson-Dumesnil Foundation through an online silent auction.

The online auction and raffle will be open through 6 p.m. on July 4. Bidders can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win items like a VIP Woodford Reserve Tour, a soccer ball signed by Louisville City FC players and a 10-year-old bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon. Other items like UofL/UK gift baskets and wine tastings will be sold to the highest bidder. All the items up for auction are listed on the auction website.

The Crescent Hill Fourth of July Festival is normally held at the Peterson-Dumesnil House and proceeds from the event are used to maintain the historic building. The house, built in 1869, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated as a local landmark in 1976. Over its 150-year history, it has been a summer home, a teachers’ lounge and is currently the headquarters for the Louisville Historical League, according to the Foundation website.

The house is also a popular spot for weddings and is the home of many community events in Crescent Hill. Like many nonprofits, the organization is feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Many brides have been forced to postpone or cancel their weddings and fundraising events like the Fourth of July Festival won’t bring in the crowds they normally do.

Organizers hope the online silent auction will help make up for some of those lost funds. For more information on the 2020 Auction and Raffle and the Peterson-Dumesnil House, visit the foundation website.

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