Datebook: October 23 - The Smurfs Debut

Oct 23, 2013

The loveable blue creatures first appeared in the Spirou comics magazine on this day in 1958. Belgian cartoonist Peyo came up with the word "Schtroumpf" while eating with a colleague and couldn't remember the word for salt. Pass the schtroumpf please!

It’s Wednesday, Oct. 23

As part of its Evening Upstairs series, the McCracken County Public Library hosts “The Lure of the Mysterious Vampire” tomorrow evening at 7 in the second floor meeting room. The free presentation discusses vampires through the ages. For more information visit

Murray State Basketball fans are invited to attend Racer Fan Jam tomorrow night at 6:30 at the CFSB Center. The event features introductions of both teams and a scrimmage. Get autographs from the Racer student-athletes, and watch performances by MSU's Spirit Groups, the Racer Band, and Dunker. Doors open at 6, and admission is free.

The Paducah Downtown Farmers' Market holds a Fall Festival Saturday from 9 to noon. Vendors offer an array of fall produce, plus there’s a live demonstration of a cider press, pumpkin painting for kids, face painting, cooking demonstrations, and free samples and recipes. Bluegrass musician Nathan Blake Lynn performs from 10 to noon. For more information, visit

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