Many factors contribute to bourbon’s current boom period, and educating the public on the distilling process and history of Kentucky’s signature spirit is perhaps one of the most important.
Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center took on a key role in that education upon its opening 10 years ago, serving as an entry point for tens of thousands of people who now consider themselves bourbon aficionados today.
Citizens across Kentucky are being asked to show their support for Kentucky’s libraries by signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.
The declaration, an initiative of the American Library Association, is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types — public, school, academic and special.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear was the first to sign the Declaration, followed by First Lady Jane Beshear, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, and Madeline Abramson.
Members of the Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association gathered at the extension office Friday morning for their fourth annual Soup Day, which happened to coincide with Homemakers Association Week this year.
Held the second week of October, the celebration is a way to recognize the more than 80 years of service, leadership and education offered through the organization.
The 2014 Bourbon Chase rolled through Nelson County on Friday on its way through central Kentucky before finishing in Lexington Saturday. More than 300 teams of 12 runners braved the rainy conditions to run three relay shifts in the 36-leg, 200-mile overnight race throughout Kentucky’s Bourbon Country.
The Bourbon Chase, an overnight 200-mile relay race through central Kentucky, winds its way through Bardstown and Nelson County Friday morning and afternoon.
The race is run by teams of 12 runners with each runner tackling three legs along the path that begins at 8 a.m. at the Jim Beam distillery in Clermont and terminates at Triangle Park in downtown Lexington on Saturday evening. More adventurous teams may choose to go with six runners, with each individual running six legs. Legs average about 5 1/2 miles apiece.
More than 200 local and out-of-state vendors will be showcased during the 34th annual Bardstown Arts, Crafts and Antiques Fair this weekend.
Vendors will be spread throughout Fourth Street, Fifth Street, Flaget Avenue and Xavier Drive, all of which will be sectioned off for the weekend festival, which will run, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.