This two-day festival will be held at Kenlake’s amphitheater at Hardin near Land Between The Lakes. Performers will include Lew Jetton and Sixty-one South, Chris Cain, and a crowd favorite, Unknown Blues Band, which has played every year since the festival first started.
Ticket prices: Friday advance tickets: $8; at the gate: $10. Saturday advance tickets: $13; at the gate: $15. For more information, visit www.parks.ky.gov or call (800) 325-0143.
Guest Opinion: Secrets of Kentucky Tourism
A high-profile individual from Louisville recently took the Kentucky Department of Tourism to task because she said we were promoting Kentucky using a picture taken in Indiana. The ad shows people enjoying a great meal on the riverfront with a beautiful city in the background. She said it must have been taken in southern Indiana, looking toward Louisville. She needs to get out more.
The photo was actually shot on the patio of Claddagh Irish Pub in Newport, Kentucky, at a wonderful entertainment venue called Newport on the Levee. The city in the background of the photo is not Louisville, but Cincinnati. Our ad is intended to let visitors know there is vibrant nightlife throughout the state, while also encouraging visitors to Cincinnati to enjoy the attractions on the “south side of the river.”
The error was understandable. We Kentuckians are fiercely proud of our state. We assume we know everything about it, but we don’t. There is an amazing variety of beauty and excitement here that attracts hundreds of thousands of travelers from other states.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I didn’t know you could do so many different things in Kentucky!” For example, many Kentuckians don’t realize we have 17 state resort parks, more than any other state; that we have golf courses judged among the country’s best; that we have the largest elk herd east of the Rocky Mountains; or that with Mammoth Cave, we have the longest known cave system in the world.
Visitors from out of state are learning about what Kentucky has to offer. In fact, travelers have helped us turn tourism in Kentucky into a $10 billion per year industry, an increase of 6.6 percent just in the past year, and a hike of almost 24 percent in the past three years. More than 176,000 Kentuckians owe their jobs to the travel and tourism industry, which pays them more than $3.3 billion in salaries and provides $987 million in local, state, and federal taxes.
By vacationing in Kentucky, you can help other Kentuckians and have a great time in the process. Visit www.kentuckytourism.com to order a Kentucky Visitor’s Guide online or call (800) 225-TRIP. We’ll show you the various offerings in all nine of Kentucky’s tourism regions, and we’ll help you plan your trip—whether it’s a long weekend or a summer-long journey.
Randy Fiveash is commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Tourism.
Longrifle Era Art
The Contemporary Longrifle Association’s 11th annual show and meeting will be held August 17 and 18 at the Lexington Convention Center. More than 500 members specialize in re-creating early American frontier decorative arts.
Members’ art includes powder horns, knives, leather work, furniture, Indian-style porcupine quillwork, blacksmithing, paintings, and sculpture. For more information, including attendance costs, call (540) 886-6189 or visit the Web site at www.longrifle.ws.
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We confused family relations in Hamlet characters pictured in the June cover story, “Innovative Theater in Horse Cave.” In the table of contents’ reference to the cover photo, Queen Gertrude should have been identified as Hamlet’s mother. The caption on page 33 should have identified Laertes as son to Polonius. Puck might note what fools these editors be.