Community Events

  • Memorial will honor county’s World War II dead

    Nelson Countians who gave their lives in World War II will be honored with a granite memorial on the east side of Court Square listing the names of the 76 known to have served and died. And there will be space for more names if any are discovered.

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts has worked with Dr. Harry Spalding, former Bardstown mayor and local military historian, and American Legion Post 121 on the project.

    Except for a listing in The Kentucky Standard in 1946, Watts said there is no place he knows of in the county where those names are listed.


    Democratic Executive Committee
    The Nelson County Democratic Executive Committee will meet on Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m. at the office of Haydon & McNamara, 798 Portland Avenue, Bardstown. The agenda includes planning for the Get out the Vote Rally on Nov. 4. All interested Democrats are welcome to attend. Contact Audrey Haydon for more information at audrey.haydon@gmail.com or (502) 558-4961.

    Turkey Bowl

  • Field of Terror returns in October

    For the past month, Thomas Nelson and Nelson County FFA students have been meeting up frequently behind the new high school to work on an annual fundraising project. The FFA Field of Terror has been raising funds for the two high school chapters for years.

    “Last year, we made a lot of money on it,” said NCHS senior Gage DelRosario, adding that the proceeds are split evenly between the two chapters.

  • Kentucky Bourbon Festival well-attended despite rain

    During the World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay Saturday afternoon, spectators sheltered under golf umbrellas and hooded raincoats while brawny men and women rolled the heavy barrels around the slippery wooden tracks during a downpour.

    But there were many of them. The family members and coworkers of the competitors weren’t going to let a little rain keep them from having fun.

  • Guests warm to Bottled in Bond Fire

    After the deluge, a fine mist settled over Wickland at dusk, but the guests didn’t seem to mind.

    As the willowy young woman in the black dress danced and sang, the visitors sat on hay bales around the wood fires, listening to the music, eating pulled pork, drinking 100-proof bourbon and getting acquainted.

    Bottled in Bond Fire was one of the new events of this year’s Kentucky Bourbon Festival, and several of those involved said they think it’s worth doing again.

  • PHOTOS: Boots and Bourbon

    Hundreds of people came out Thursday evening to enjoy Buffalo Trace Boots and Bourbon during the 2016 Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

  • The Great Bottle Hunt

    David Hester was feeling like he was in a classic Peanuts cartoon Thursday night and Friday morning.

    “I’m like Linus waiting for the Great Pumpkin,” the Louisville resident said as he reclined in his camp chair at the head of the line at Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center.

    But Hester’s Great Pumpkin was Heaven Hill’s newest releases, Parker’s Heritage 10th Edition, a bottled-in-bond 24-year-old bourbon, and William Heavenhill, a bourbon released exclusively at the center each fall.

  • Sampler offers a chance for discovery, reunions

    John Murnane has thousands of bottles of wine in his Southern California home and travels to Napa Valley’s wine country about five times every year in search of new vintages.

    But on Wednesday night, he had developed a taste for corn, barley, rye and wheat on his first visit to bourbon country as he navigated the booths at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival’s All-Star Sampler.

    “This is amazing,” he said, holding a poster Wild Turkey Master Distiller Jimmy Russell had just autographed for him.

  • First ‘Flights of Bourbon’ takes off

    A real red carpet was rolled out for about 100 guests Tuesday at Samuels Field as people walked past several aircraft and airport luggage to enjoy The Kentucky Bourbon Festival’s new event: Flights of Bourbon.

    The inaugural event featured Bardstown’s Barton 1792 Distillery sharing samples of their bourbon products, such as Sweet Wheat, Small Batch, Single Barrel, Full Proof and an orange slush cocktail.

  • Annual KBF event attracts newcomers, different tastes

    Bourbon Cocktail Mixology has been a longtime event for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. But on Wednesday, the course attracted several newcomers with different bourbon tastes.

    “This is our fourth or fifth hour here, but so far it’s been pretty good,” said Derek Naccari, who was joined by his fiancé, Brandi Ducote.

    The couple, who got engaged just two days before, were traveling from New Orleans to visit friends in Lexington and happened upon the festival by accident.