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‘The Race is On’ exhibit to be featured at My Old Kentucky Home State Park beginning April 15


Kentucky horse racing traditions are alive and well at My Old Kentucky Home State Park during April and May.

The park will feature “The Race is On” exhibit from April 15 to May 31, perfect for Kentuckians and their guests.

Jockey silks will be on display from Kentucky’s winningest horse farms, along with a sparkling collection of original coin-silver family julep cups in addition to the recipe for a My Old Kentucky Home Mint Julep—a Derby favorite.

Image from State Parks Dept.

Image from State Parks Dept.

Fanciful ladies derby hats, rose blankets, hot-browns, seersuckers and the story of how “My Old Kentucky Home” became the official post parade song of the Kentucky Derby will also be on display.

“My Old Kentucky Home” will be performed on each tour. This exhibit highlighting Kentucky’s most famous fun-filled celebration known as the “fastest two-minutes in sports” isn’t one to be missed.

The exhibit is included in the ticket price for the regular home tour. Adult prices are $10 with discounted pricing available for seniors, children, military, groups and AAA members.

My Old Kentucky Home also has a golf course and campground. For more information, call 502-348-3502 or visit www.parks.ky.gov.

An Old Kentucky Garden Party at My Old Kentucky Home State Park April 28

Enjoy an evening full of Kentucky history in the newly landscaped gardens at Federal Hill by Jon Carloftis at “An Old Kentucky Garden Party” on April 28 from 5:30-8 p.m., at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown.

The event will feature photographs from Linda Bruckheimer’s “Local Color: Scenes from the Kentucky Roadside” collection, the Stephen Foster Story Singers, southern hors d’oeuvres, mint juleps and Kentucky spirits.

Bruckheimer, a Kentucky native, has been recognized for her preservation and philanthropic work across the country. She has restored numerous buildings in Bloomfield and in 2012, Preservation Kentucky established the Linda Bruckheimer Excellence in Rural Preservation Award. Her photography is inspired by a road trip from Kentucky to Hollywood.

Carloftis, also a Kentucky native, is an award-winning garden designer, writer, author and lecturer. His 25-year career in gardening began in New York City where he designed and installed rooftop gardens in Manhattan.

The event will benefit Preservation Kentucky and the Kentucky State Park Foundation. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, call 502-871-4570 or visit preservationkentucky.org.

Kingdom Come State Park Holding Clean Up Day April 23

Kingdom Come State Park will hold a park clean-up day on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Volunteers will be picking up trash, removing brush, planting flowers and doing some trail work. Volunteers are asked to bring their own hand tools. (No chainsaws please) Snacks and water will be available. Meet at the lower shelter at 9 a.m.

This event was originally planned for April 16, but has been changed to April 23.

Kingdom Come State Park near Cumberland offers hiking trails, mountain scenery, fishing, picnic areas, primitive campsites, mini-golf and pedal boats. Named after the popular Civil War novel, ‘The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come,’ by Kentucky author John Fox Jr., the park preserves 1,283 acres of unspoiled wilderness.

From Kentucky Parks Dept. Communications


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