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Travel the state (indepth and fascinating) while social distancing with these Explore Kentucky videos

The Kentucky Department of Tourism is excited to announce the release of a series of videos dedicated to highlighting the best of the Bluegrass State. “During this time of social distancing, Kentucky is finding creative ways to virtually showcase the culture, arts, and heritage that Kentucky has to offer tourists from across the world,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry....

Kentucky by Heart: Kentucky is full of interesting topics to write about; sharing 33 of the best

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Finding fresh material to write a weekly column about Kentucky is always a bit of a challenge, but the fuel that makes it work for me is the unabashed passion I feel for such a place as this. Hopefully, the passion connects closely to the adoration my readers have for the Bluegrass State. But alas, I must understand that not all who happen to read Kentucky by Heart...

Local storytellers lead visitors through Kentucky Tourism’s 2019 Official Visitor’s Guide

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2019 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide and the Year of Kentucky Storytellers. The guide features travel tips and stories, narrated by Kentuckians, who share their love for the Bluegrass State through their own personal experiences. In addition to regional highlights, the visitor’s guide focuses on the main pillars of Kentucky tourism:...

Can you guess Kentuckians favorite Halloween candy for 2018? The answer may seem a little fishy…

There is a new winner in the Bluegrass State! For 2 years straight, Candystore.com determined the top Halloween candy in Kentucky to be Tootsie Pops. Now, Swedish Fish have come out of nowhere to take the crown with over 73,000 pounds. Still, over 53,000 pounds of those yummy lollipops with the Tootsie Roll center were consumed for the #2 spot. Reese’s Cups were #3. (From CandyStore.com) Hover over...

Constance Alexander: Calloway Co. Public Library to honor Kentucky writers during National Poetry Month

Ask any Kentuckian about misconceptions associated with the Bluegrass State and responses range from horrendous to hilarious: “Yes, we wear shoes,” or “No, we are not inbred,” or “Sorry, but everyone in Kentucky doesn’t get tickets to the Derby.” Most of us are content to break out the mint juleps at home and watch the race on TV. One area in which Kentucky claims an impressive and undisputed...

Keith Taylor: College basketball one part of Kentucky’s rich and deep heritage

Happy birthday, Kentucky. Once considered a part of Virginia, the Bluegrass State celebrates its 225th birthday as a Commonwealth Thursday. This state has plenty to acknowledge since its existence began more than two centuries ago when it became the 15th settlement to join the union. John Calipari has returned Kentucky to the forefront in college basketball (Keith Taylor Photo) Known traditionally...