Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park to host fifth annual Chili Golf Open scramble on Nov. 4

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park will host the fifth annual Chili Golf Open on Saturday, Nov. 4. This golf outing, which will be played as a 2-person golf scramble, starts at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The entry fee for each 2-person team is $100. The fee includes a practice round, green fee, cart rental, tee prize and a chili lunch. Reservations are required. Call 270-362-8658 for reservation...

Asbury introduces Work Ready Kentucky Certificate Program to train workers for jobs in film industry

The film industry in Kentucky needs more skilled workers. Asbury University unveiled an innovative workforce development initiative that will provide Kentuckians with the training necessary to work in the film industry. This certificate can be earned in a matter of weeks not years. It does not require completion of a two-year or four-year degree program. “Our goal as we created this training...

Kentucky State Parks celebrating Halloween with series of events throughout October

Kentucky State Parks across the Commonwealth will host Halloween events throughout October. Many of the park system’s campgrounds will have special activities for campers, including decorations, costumes, hayrides and games for the kids. Resort parks, recreation parks and historic sites will also have special Halloween events during October. A list of events is available at the Kentucky State Parks...

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site’s Salt Festival offers a step back in time to days of pioneer living

Step back in time as Big Bone Lick State Historic Site returns to days long past during the 35th annual Salt Festival the weekend of Oct. 13-15. The festival features demonstrations of pioneer living, frontier skills, traditions, and lifeways. Browse the crafters corner to see the many handcrafted items for sale and find lots of good eats at the food court. Enjoy folk and bluegrass music, listen...

Elk Night officially kicks off viewing season at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park on Sept. 16

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park will open the elk-viewing season with its Elk Night buffet Sept. 16 from 4-9 p.m. The menu will include elk roast carved on the line, hunter’s elk chili, elk meatloaf, fried chicken, catfish with hush puppies, lyonnaise potatoes, shoe peg corn and other vegetables and desserts. The buffet is held on the first day of elk viewing tours at Jenny Wiley that run through the...

Kentucky State Parks expand, extend discount offer for evacuees displaced by Hurricane Irma

Kentucky State Parks are offering a lodging discount to residents looking for a place to stay to avoid Hurricane Irma. Guests from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina or any other state where evacuations are ordered can receive 25 percent off the regular rate for lodge rooms and cottages through Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. The Kentucky State Parks have 17 resort parks that feature lodges, restaurants and...

Florida residents offered discount at Kentucky State Parks as they avoid Hurricane Irma

Kentucky State Parks are offering a lodging discount to Florida residents looking for a place to stay to avoid Hurricane Irma. Guests with a Florida driver’s license can receive a 25 percent off the regular rate for lodge rooms and cottages through Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The Kentucky State Parks have 17 resort parks that feature lodges, restaurants and recreational activities. Most resort also...

Cumberland Falls among six state parks recognized with awards from Kentucky Living Magazine

Six Kentucky State Parks were honored as part of Kentucky Living magazine’s “Best in Kentucky” awards announcement. More than 100 award winners were announced Thursday at the Kentucky State Fair. “Our parks are honored with these Best in Kentucky awards and we appreciate the public support all of our parks and our employees receive,” said Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland. “We’re in some...

Local artists featured at Waveland State Historic Site’s fourth annual Art Fair on Sept. 9-10

Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington will hold its 4th annual Waveland Art Fair on Sept. 9-10, 2017. Waveland Art Fair The fair will feature artists displaying their work. Food and wine vendors will also be at the park. Children’s activities sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society will be available throughout the weekend. The fair will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5...

From ballgames to concerts, communities gearing up for once-in-a-lifetime Great American Eclipse

With a little less than two weeks left, much of Western Kentucky is gearing up to become the epicenter of the 2017 total solar eclipse. Hopkinsville, in Christian County, will be the point of “greatest eclipse” with 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality on Aug. 21 at 1:24 p.m. CDT. In addition to Hopkinsville, 15 other cities are in the path of totality and offer wonderful viewing opportunities....

Economic impact of state’s outdoor recreation soars to $12.8 billion, supports 120,000 jobs

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has announced that the economic impact of outdoor recreation in Kentucky totaled $12.8 billion last year, up from $8.4 billion in 2012. This is the first national economic impact study since 2012.  The report indicates that Kentucky directly supports 120,000 jobs and annually generates $12.8 billion in consumer spending and $756 million in state and local tax...

Fun and educational events planned by Kentucky State Parks in preparation for Aug. 21 solar eclipse

Kentucky State Parks will be participating in the Aug. 21 Great American Solar Eclipse with fun and educational events during July and August. Some parks have astronomy experts scheduled to give talks about the eclipse. Kenlake State Resort Park will kick off the events July 28 with “The Star Geezer” Mark Steven Williams. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park will host University of Louisville...

Happy Birthday Kentucky: Many events planned throughout the Commonwealth to mark 225th

The Kentucky Department of Tourism, among others throughout the state, will celebrate Kentucky’s 225th anniversary of statehood on June 1. Additional events will honor the Commonwealth during the course of the year. The Bluegrass State was admitted to the Union 225 years ago in June of 1792 and became the fifteenth state in the United States of America. Through the years, the innovation, creativity...

Kentucky Tourism Department launches special website highlighting state’s 225th anniversary

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the launch of www.ky225.com, a website dedicated to the celebration of Kentucky’s 225 years of statehood in 2017. The website includes an interactive map of bucket list ideas to experience across the state, as well as list of events and information on Kentucky’s statehood. Examples include visiting the oldest country store in America, sampling BBQ,...

Historic trail highlights areas in Kentucky important to story of Abraham Lincoln

In honor of the anniversary of the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12, the Kentucky Department of Tourism is promoting a tri-state Lincoln trail and website. The trail highlights important areas in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois significant to the Lincoln story. The Tri-state Lincoln trail was first established in the 1970s by a commission and revived in 2009 for the observance of the...

Kentucky State Resort Parks offering Valentine’s Day specials, events across the Commonwealth

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Kentucky State Park this year with your special someone. Many parks are offering events and packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. Many of the special events at state parks are scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 10-12. Some of the highlights include: a dinner and dance at Kenlake State Resort Park and General Butler State Resort Park, a cruise at...

Kentucky Century Challenge — put it on your list of adventures as it adds a Cycling Challenge touring ride

Organizers of the Kentucky Century Challenge are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 5th annual Kentucky Century Challenge and the newly established Kentucky Cycling Challenge.  The Challenges feature five of the most popular touring rides in Kentucky, and are generously supported by new Platinum Sponsor Ale-8-One and Gold Sponsors Graviss McDonald’s and Morehead Tourism.  Registration...

Fort Boonesborough ‘Fireside Chats’ series features figures from Kentucky history

Fort Boonesborough State Park and the Fort Boonesborough Foundation will host a series of “Fireside Chats” with famous characters from Kentucky history beginning on Feb. 4, 2017. During each Saturday program, there will be a “Taste of Frontier Fare” from 5:30-6:15 p.m. The program begins at 6:45 p.m. at the 18th Century Tavern blockhouse. Mad Anne Bailey, portrayed bySuzanne Thomson (Photo...

Lydia Bailey Brown approved as new Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director

Lydia Bailey Brown will serve as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Arts Council. Bailey Brown was nominated by Don Parkinson, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary, and approved today by the Kentucky Arts Council Board. “We believe that Lydia Bailey Brown’s unique background in business development, arts education and cultural destination consulting will be an asset to this important...

Kentucky State Fair Board names Rittenberry president, chief executive officer

The Kentucky State Fair Board has hired Jason Rittenberry as its next President and CEO. Rittenberry currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Circuit of The Americas. Jason Rittenberry (Photo Provided) Rittenberry replaces former President and CEO Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe who left in March, 2016 to be CEO of the San Diego Convention Center. A five-member search committee was appointed...