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Bluegrass & Backroads: From a one-acre garden and a few apple trees, Evans Cider Mill now a destination

Evans Orchard and Cider Mill in Georgetown was once a cattle and tobacco operation, but in the 1990s, the fifth generation of the Evans family planted a one-acre garden and a few apple trees. That modest operation has evolved into an agri-tourism destination. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Great American Dollhouse Museum creates entire community … only smaller

The Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, Kentucky is a fascinating mix of miniatures and story telling, where an entire community is created on a small-scale… but has a big impact on visitors young AND old. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Head to Bi-Water Farm for the produce — and the state’s first corn maze

Visit one of Kentucky Farm Bureau’s Certified Roadside Markets, Bi-Water Farm and Greenhouse in Georgetown, Ky., site of the state’s first corn maze. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Get a better look at history with a visit to the Kentucky Bison Company

Get a better look at history with a visit to the Woodland Farm and the Kentucky Bison Company, located in Goshen in Oldham County, where the buffalo still roam. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Once a weekend hobby, Mr. G’s Kettle Corn now a full-time labor of love

From a local Kentucky farm in Jefferson County to the kettle, no other kettle corn is as fresh as Mr G’s Kettle Corn. This popular snack is available across the state. Order this Kentucky Proud product go to: mrgskettlecorn.com. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Owners of first Lavender farm in Kentucky call business a ‘work in progress’

Lavender Hills of Kentucky is a small farm located just outside of Brooksville in Bracken County … and is what the owners like to call a work in progress. When they began Lavender Hills they were the first lavender farm in Kentucky and have since learned some very hard lessons about this difficult to grow crop. More than just a flower, lavender has given this family something to come together around...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Youth Ballet in Lexington provides young with access to the art of dance

Bluegrass Youth Ballet in Lexington engages and inspires youth by providing access to the art of dance throughout the community. Learn more at: bluegrassyouthballet.org. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Louisville woodworker turns used bourbon barrels into just about anything

For years Jason Cohen of Louisville has used reclaimed recycled wood to create functional commercial and residential pieces of furniture. Now he is turning used bourbon barrels into just about anything … in fact he has more ideas than time to build them. Visit his Bourbon Barrel Furniture Store. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Fancy Farm Picnic draws big crowds for barbecue, political speeches

The annual Fancy Farm Picnic, sponsored by St. Jerome Catholic Church in the far western part of the state, quickly transformed into Kentucky’s inaugural event for the statewide fall political season. Some of the nation’s most prominent politicians have addressed crowds of up to 15,000 from the speakers’ stand. This year’s event will be held Aug. 5. Kentucky is a state defined...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Elk Creek Vineyards, the state’s largest winery, known for more than wine

Originally purchased as a hunting site in 1995, the Elk Creek Vineyards, covering 30 acres in Owen County, is now the largest winery in the Commonwealth. Go for a glass of wine or to attend Elk Creek’s popular summer concert series. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But,...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Quality products important at Quillin Leather and Tack and so is personal service

Ralph Quillin runs the nation’s largest “Custom Leather Shop” in Paris, Kentucky. The Quillin craftsmen and women make over 17,000 halters a year in the Main Street stores. Customers are sure that they like most — the leather products or the personal service provided by the staff. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Campbellsville marks Fourth of July with state’s largest holiday celebration

Since 1976, Campbellsville has hosted the state’s largest 4th of July celebration highlighting the great freedoms of the United States of America. City leaders call the event, which attracts up to 40,000 from all parts of Kentucky, a homecoming. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue....

Bluegrass & Backroads: Patti’s 1880’s Settlement Restaurant has become a food phenomenon

Patti’s 1880’s Restaurant started as “Hamburger Patti’s Ice Cream Parlor” in 1977 with a seating capacity of 20 people. Today they have grown into Patti’s 1880’s Settlement Restaurant with seating for over 400. And the restaurant draws over 350,000 hungry customers annually to the tiny town of Grand Rivers. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things,...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Passion for conservation drives researchers at Green River Preserve

Follow Zack Couch, Zeb Weese, and Albert Meier in their pursuit of bats at the Western Kentucky University upper Green River Biological Preserve. A passion for science and conservation takes these men on a search for endangered bats in the hope of gaining information that will help preserve these threatened creatures. The preserve, near Bowling Green, is home to a number of endangered species. Kentucky...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Helping others and being around horses the mission of Therapeutic Riding

New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding began as a dream of Julie Peterson. A way to both help others and be around horses. Today they have over 100 students at they Bowling Green facility, more than a dozen horses, and as many volunteers from all walks of life as they can round up. The reward comes from helping others forget they have a disability and seeing them gain confidence. Let’s visit. Kentucky...

Lights, Camera, Action: Bluegrass & Backroads sets September tour of Kentucky’s cave country

For the past 14 years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has produced a television show that celebrates the state, especially rural Kentucky, her people and the many places that make the Commonwealth so unique. Bluegrass and Backroads has grown to be to a statewide and nationally televised showcase of all that makes Kentucky special, not only to its citizens, but to people around the world thanks to the growth...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Yew-Dell Botanical Gardens a place of serenity amidst a very busy world

Take a trip to Oldham County where the Yew-Dell Botanical gardens keeps the legacy of avid gardener Theodore Kline alive…with the creative use of flowers, trees and architecture. From the castle like pool house to the greenhouse with the living roof, Yew-Dell is a place of serenity and beauty in the middle of a very busy world. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Rustic Nail & Co. combines passion with creative use of reclaimed materials

Rustic Nail & Co. handcrafts conversation pieces, items that nobody else makes. They mix creative passion and an array of reclaimed and repurposed materials to design, fabricate and build one-of-a-kind custom artistic masterpieces. Let’s visit their operation in Bowling Green. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing,...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a true Kentucky landmark

Yearning for simpler times? Travel back in history to a more simple time at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Founded in 1805, the village sites on 3,000 acres in Mercer County. It’s become an overnight tourist destination. Let’s learn more about the history of the Shakers at this true Kentucky landmark. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Lexington’s Gary Graham has been creating art for wood since he was five

Lexington artisan — don’t call him an artist — Gary Graham is a retired engineer who has been working with wood carving since he was five years old. He says the inspiration for his next piece of art comes from his last piece. Let’s meet him. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass...