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Explore Kentucky’s longest creek June 9 at inaugural Elkhorn Float Fest at Georgetown’s Peninsula Park

The inaugural Elkhorn Creek Float Fest takes place Sat., June 9, at Peninsula Park in Scott County. This new, kid-friendly event features a full day float from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Kentucky’s longest creek and will be filmed by KET’s Downstream Production for a feature about Georgetown. This event takes place at beautiful Peninsula Park, which offers access to Elkhorn Creek. Tube rentals...

Special Memorial Day ceremonies planned for Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries

Kentucky’s five state veterans cemeteries will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday honoring those who have died for our country. • Kentucky’s newest veterans cemetery, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden, will hold its Memorial Day Ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 28. It will feature the “Soldiers of the Clouds” ceremony performed by the Perry County Central High School Junior...

Four state historic sites plant hemp crops in preparation for National Hemp History Week

Four Kentucky Historic Sites will plant hemp crops as part of the Kentucky Hemp Pilot Program this week in preparation for National Hemp History Week in June. The hemp plots will be showcased during a special event series, “Discover the Hemplands,” taking place June 5th through June 10th, and will be featured as part of the Heritage Hemp Trail. Each site has ties to the antebellum Kentucky hemp...

Shelby County to celebrate beginning of cycling season with Parks Pedal Party fundraiser June 2

Avid bikers and outdoor enthusiasts can now explore Shelby County via 12 cycling routes that cover 346 miles of gently rolling hills, picturesque parks and paved country roads. The grand kickoff of the Shelby County Bike Trails takes place on Sat., June 2 with the Parks Pedal Party, including an “In the Park” ride at Clear Creek Park that’s perfect for families and children, as well...

Rural Blog: As black-lung cases have surged in Central Appalachia, so have lung transplants

A new study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine shows that, as black-lung cases have surged in the Central Appalachian coalfield, so have lung transplants. The expensive surgery can be risky, and most transplant recipients die within five years. The study, conducted by researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, “found that 62 black lung patients...

Dairy Nights at the Ballpark in June to honor Kentucky’s dairy industry producers

Kentucky dairy farm families can get free tickets to the ballpark for Dairy Night festivities at two minor league parks in June as part of a Dairy Month celebration. Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Class A Hot Rods, will honor Kentucky’s dairy industry on June 7 prior to the Hot Rods’ game against the Lansing (Michigan) Lugnuts. Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, home of the Class A Legends,...

Five officers to be honored at Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 24

Five Kentucky law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty will be honored at the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony on May 24 at the memorial monument site in Richmond. The name of Louisville Metro police officer Nicholas Rodman, who died in the line of duty March 29, 2017, will be added to the memorial. Additionally, Louisville police officer James Harrison, Clarkson...

Rural Blog: New report shows Ky. lost a half million acres of farmland to homebuilding in last 20 years

(Click for full report) A new report from the American Farmland Trust, the nation’s leading farmland-preservation group, says that America has been losing twice as much farmland as the group thought, and the leading cause of it is low-density residential development, especially in Kentucky, Al Cross reports for the Midway Messenger. Cross is the director of the Institute for Rural Journalism...

Phase one begins for renovation of The American Saddlebred Museum in Lexington

After two years of planning, phase one of the renovation at The American Saddlebred Museum is underway. Architect Christopher Quirk of Solid Light has designed the space, and Solid Light exhibit designers have created updated exhibitions. This is the second renovation since the museum opened at the Kentucky Horse Park in 1986. The first phase of the project is to update the visitor entrance, reconfigure...

Rural Blog: Fewer U.S. workers using prescription opioids but more using cocaine, marijuana

Fewer U.S. workers are using prescription opioids, but more are using cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana Fewer U.S. workers are using prescription opioids, but more are using methamphetamines, cocaine, and marijuana, according to data released by Quest Diagnostics, which conducts workplace drug testing, Katie Zezima reports for The Washington Post. The overall percentage of workers who tested...

Kentucky Horse Park announces summer event series celebrating 40th Anniversary

To commemorate the Kentucky Horse Park’s 40th Anniversary and the people, horses, and events it has touched, there will be a series of community events held at the Park throughout the spring and summer. From several Family Fun Nights to the second annual Run for Big Red 5K/10K, the KHP’s 40th Anniversary schedule includes options for all ages to enjoy. “We are proud of the Kentucky Horse Park’s...

Department of Agriculture recognizes three restaurants for reaching ‘Buy Local’ milestone

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has recognized three Kentucky Proud restaurants for reaching the lifetime cap on state reimbursements for local food purchases through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s “Buy Local” program. Bluebird Café of Stanford, Ramsey Enterprises Commissary of Lexington, and Windy Corner Market of Lexington were honored for reaching the $36,000 limit. “These...

Wide range of artists to highlight Arts and Crafts Festival at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park

A wide range of artists, from woodcarvers to quilters, will be on hand for the annual Arts and Crafts Festival May 26-27 at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. The Arts and Crafts Festival at Kentucky Dam Village (Photo from KSP) Visit with dozens of talented artisans as you enjoy the scenic view of Kentucky Lake. Jewelry-makers, potters, blacksmiths, painters and many other craft people will also...

Kentucky Bourbon Affair to feature exclusive private barrel picks by Hall of Fame master distillers

For the first time ever, legendary master distillers from the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame have banded together and hand-picked elite single barrels of bourbon and rye to be sold at the Kentucky Bourbon Affair closing event. This historic charitable event – called “Angel’s Fare” – also will feature a silent auction of rare whiskies, a vintage spirit tasting and an all-star lineup of Kentucky...

Shaker Village announces lineup for May 26-27 Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill has announced the programs and artists for the 2018 Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass. The Festival, now in its 12th year, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27 and will present four concerts featuring artists from New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (CMS). On Saturday, May 26, an 11 a.m. performance in the Meadow View Barn, a restored...

KSP invites families to explore the outdoors with children during ‘Kids to Parks’ Day May 19

Children across the Commonwealth can enjoy fun outdoor events as part of “Kids to Parks Day” on May 19 at several Kentucky State Parks. “Kids to Parks Day,” first celebrated in 2011 by the National Park Trust, helps to mark the beginning of state park events throughout the summer and the importance of active, healthy living. A hike at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park (Photo from KSP) Kentucky...

UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment to host Spray Clinic in Princeton on July 17

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment is hosting a Spray Clinic on July 17 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. Part of the Field School series, the clinic is an expanded effort by the UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence to give experienced producers and others in the industry the research-based information they need at critical junctures in the...

Live webcam gives viewers front row seat as young peregrine falcons prepare to take flight

Before diving at speeds of 200 miles per hour and fulfilling the title of “World’s Fastest Flying Birds,” four peregrine falcons nesting in Louisville will spend the next several weeks learning to fly. And, webcam viewers will have a live front row seat. The webcam’s installed through a partnership with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and located inside the peregrine falcon...

Bardstown whiskey museum to feature ‘Prohibition in Kentucky’ in advance of June 14 grand reopening

The Bourbon Capital of the World is the site of two major events this May and June: The new exhibit, “Prohibition and Kentucky,” gifted to the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History by Louisville’s Frazier History Museum, opens on Saturday, May 19. The Grand Reopening of the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History takes place with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June...

City of Paducah, WKCTC awarded National Endowment for the Arts grant for proposed art park

West Kentucky Community and Technical College and the City of Paducah partnered together for an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and have been awarded $25,000 for a proposed art park adjacent to the College’s Paducah School of Art and Design (PSAD). NEA’s Our Town program encourages local partnerships that integrate design and the arts into the fabric of the community...