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Celebrating 25 years at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival

In Features, Life in Kentucky, Web exclusives, Worth the Trip by Kentucky Living

Celebrate the world’s finest spirit in the Bourbon Capital of the World September 12–18 The Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky, gives you a six-day event of smooth bourbon, delicious food, and great entertainment, with a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure. From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival runs from September 12–18 in …

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Lincoln’s lawyer

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

“I know this sounds strange, but it’s the truth,” Susan Dyer says. “I could feel sadness coming from the house. I could also see the beauty this place still has. And I knew something had to be done.” Dyer is talking about the day in 1997 when she and her husband stopped to take a closer look at a long-neglected 19th-century home on KY 144 in Breckinridge County. It was …

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Homegrown and Heavenly

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

From ice cream and summer sausage to jams, jellies, popcorn, and more, an increasing array of local, Kentucky-produced foods are making their way into mainstream retailers, thanks to the support of the Kentucky Proud marketing program. The six Kentucky Proud companies profiled here have found success in using homegrown, Kentucky ingredients from local Kentucky farmers whenever possible. Their stories prove it’s deliciously easy to enjoy Kentucky-made foods, whatever you’re craving. …

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League of Linemen

In Energy, Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

On every dark and stormy night of the year, your local electric cooperative linemen are on call. In dangerous weather, freezing temperatures, or scorching heat, they work to maintain, build, and restore the electric infrastructure for thousands of residents and businesses in the commonwealth. With their unique set of skills and pride in a job safely done, these linemen spend so much time together in perilous conditions that they build …

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Matthew McConaughey to tell Wild Turkey’s tale

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky.—Iconic Kentucky bourbon distillary Wild Turkey has announced a new multi-year partnership with Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who will take on the role of Creative Director in a new campaign aimed at telling Wild Turkey’s story. McConaughey, whose links to Kentucky date back to when his parents met while attending the University of Kentucky, is a long-time fan of Wild Turkey and their distilling family, the Russells. By both …

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Craft Academy

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

The students enrolled in the new Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State University are not your average high-schoolers. In the spring semester of his junior year, Bryce Hendrickson of Maysville took computer-aided design (CAD) classes at Morehead’s Space Science Center. So, while he’s only 17 years old, he already knows how to design parts for use in 3D printing and rapid prototyping, among other applications. …

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All hands on deck for hands-on learning

In Features, Life in Kentucky by Kentucky Living

FUN. CREATIVE. SOMETHING NEW. REALLY COOL. These words may not always be typical descriptions of learning, but when the learning takes place at Newton’s Attic in Lexington, these are exactly the words that come to mind. “It’s everything a kid likes,” says Gabe Nazario of Lexington. “It teaches science, engineering, programming, everything. It’s amazing. It’s awesome. It’s fun.” Newton’s Attic is one example of the many hands-on learning opportunities across …

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Oddish game: traveling the Pokémon beat

In Features by Kentucky Living

LOUISVILLE—It’s noon at a small coffee shop on Bardstown road, and a group of Sullivan University students talk among themselves at a table. Their heads are down and their eyes are glued to their phones. Suddenly, one of their phones vibrates, they snap to attention, pick up their phones. Staring at them intensely, one calls out, “It’s just a Pidgey.” Phones are tapped briefly. Pidgey is a Pokémon. Pokémon are …

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In Lincoln’s Footsteps

In Features, Life in Kentucky, Worth the Trip by Kentucky Living

How my sons and I traveled 1,600 miles in search of our 16th president Growing up in Illinois, I claimed Abraham Lincoln as one of my own. Though I was born 101 years after his assassination, the 16th president was often quoted in my home, as if he was a member of the family.             “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”             …

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