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Best of Kentucky 2017 – Winners by Counties

Thank you for your interest in Kentucky Living’s 2017 Best in Kentucky awards. If you have any questions, contact Joe Arnold at jarnold@kaec.org.

 

Boyle County

Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site – Perryville (Civil War Site – Hall of Fame)

 

Breckinridge County

Rough River Lake – (House Boating Lake – 3rd place)

Axtel Campground at Rough River – McDaniels (Campground – 1st place)

Jericho Woods (Kentucky Recording Artist – 1st place)

 

Bullitt County

The Most Awesome Flea Market – Shepherdsville (Flea Market – 3rd place)

Jim Beam – Clermont (Bourbon – 3rd place)

Knob Creek Gun Range – near West Point (Shooting Range – 2nd Place)

 

Calloway County

Kentucky Lake (Family Getaway – 3rd place)

Kentucky Lake (House Boating Lake – 2nd place)

 

Casey County

Bread of Life Café – Liberty (Hamburger – 3rd place tie)

 

Christian County

Ferrell’s – Hopkinsville (Hamburger – 1st place tie)

 

Clark County

Ale-8-One – Winchester (Made in Kentucky Product – 1st place)

Natural Bridge State Resort Park – Slade (Hiking Trail – 2nd place)

 

Clinton County

Lake Cumberland – Albany (Family Getaway – 2nd place)

Lake Cumberland – Albany (House Boating Lake – 1st place)

Lake Cumberland – Albany (Boating Lake or River – Hall of Fame)

Lake Cumberland – Albany (Fishing Spot – Hall of Fame)

 

Daviess County

Big Dipper – Owensboro (Milkshake – 3rd place)

Old Hickory Bar-B-Q – Owensboro (Barbecue – 3rd place tie)

Moonlite B-B-Q – Owensboro (Non-Franchise Barbecue – Hall of Fame)

 

Edmonson County

Mammoth Cave National Park (Tourist Attraction – 1st place)

Mammoth Cave National Park (Family Getaway – 1st place)

 

Fayette County

Talon Winery & Vineyards – Lexington (Winery – 2nd place)

Talon Winery & Vineyards – Lexington (Wine – 3rd place)

Feather Your Nest – Lexington (Antiques Store – 3rd place tie)

Kentucky Horse Park – Lexington (Agritourism – 3rd place)

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale – Lexington (Craft Beer – 3rd place)

West Sixth Brewing – Lexington (Craft Beer – 2nd place)

Country Boy Brewing –Lexington (Craft Beer – 1st place)

Malik Monk – University of Kentucky (College Basketball Player – 3rd place)

Dominique Hawkins – University of Kentucky (College Basketball Player – 2nd place)

De’Aaron Fox – University of Kentucky (College Basketball Player – 1st place)

Stephen Johnson – University of Kentucky (College Football Player – 3rd place)

Benny Snell, Jr. – University of Kentucky (College Football Player – 2nd place)

Bru Burger Bar – Lexington (Hamburger – 3rd place tie)

Parkette Drive-In – Lexington (Hamburger – 3rd place tie)

Dad’s Favorites Cheese Spreads & Deli – Lexington (Made in Kentucky Product – 3rd place tie)

Woodland Art Fair – Lexington (Arts & Crafts Fair – 3rd place)

Kentucky Horse Park – Lexington (Campground – 2nd place)

Buds Gun Shop & Range – Lexington (Shooting Range – 1st place)

Blue Door Smokehouse BBQ – Lexington (Barbecue – 2nd place)

Red State BBQ – Lexington (Barbecue – 1st place)

Chris Bailey, WKYT – Lexington (Meteorologist – 2nd place)

Bill Meck, WLEX18 – Lexington (Meteorologist – 1st place)

Nancy Cox, LEX18 (Local TV Personality – 3rd place)

Bill Bryant, WKYT Lexington (Local TV Personality – 2nd place tie)

Matt Jones, WLEX-TV “Hey Kentucky!” (Local TV Personality – 2nd place tie)

Lee Cruse, 590 WVLK – Lexington (Radio Personality – 3rd place)

 

Franklin County

Buffalo Trace Distillery – Frankfort (Distillery Tour – 2nd place)

Elkhorn Creek – Frankfort (Canoeing/Kayaking Spot – 1st place)

 

Grayson County

Rough River Lake – (House Boating Lake – 3rd place)

 

Hardin County

Glendale Crossing Festival (Arts & Crafts Fair – 2nd place)

The Whistle Stop Restaurant – Glendale (Non-Franchise Restaurant – Hall of Fame)

 

Henderson County

Farmer & Frenchman Winery (Winery – 3rd place tie)

The Elm – Consignments & More – Henderson (Antiques Store – 2nd place)

John James Audubon State Park – Henderson (Historic Site – 3rd place tie)

W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival – Henderson (Music Festival – 1st place)

John James Audubon State Park – Henderson (Hiking Trail – 3rd place)

J&B Barbecue – Henderson (Barbecue – 3rd place tie)

 

Jefferson County

Kentucky Flea Market – Louisville (Flea Market – 2nd place)

Louisville – (Romantic Getaway -3rd place)

Lamar Jackson – University of Louisville (College Football Player – 1st place)

Louisville Slugger Bats (Made in Kentucky Product – 2nd place)

Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts – Louisville (Performing Arts Venue – 1st place)

Louisville Palace – Louisville (Performing Arts Venue – 3rd place)

Forecastle – Louisville (Music Festival – 2nd place)

Mike Linnig’s Restaurant – Louisville (Fried Fish – 1st place)

Kevin Harned, WAVE 3 – Louisville (Meteorologist – 3rd place)

Dawne Gee, WAVE 3– Louisville (Local TV Personality – 1st place)

Terry Meiners, 840 WHAS – Louisville (Radio Personality – 2nd place)

Churchill Downs – Louisville (Iconic Kentucky Landmark – Hall of Fame)

 

LaRue County

Laha’s Red Castle Hamburgers – Hodgenville (Hamburger – 1st place tie)

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park – Hodgenville (Historical Landmark/Museum – Hall of Fame)

 

Laurel County

Flea Land Flea Market – London (Flea Market – 1st place tie)

 

Livingston County

Kentucky Lake (Family Getaway – 3rd place)

 

Madison County

Berea Craft Festival (Arts & Crafts Fair – 1st place)

 

Marion County

Maker’s Mark Distillery – Loretto (Distillery Tour – 1st place)

Maker’s Mark – Loretto  (Bourbon – 1st place)

Maker’s Mark Bourbon – Loretto (Made in Kentucky Product – 3rd place tie)

Country Store – Bradfordsville (Fried Fish – 3rd place)

 

Marshall County

Kentucky Lake (Family Getaway – 3rd place)

Kentucky Lake (House Boating Lake – 2nd place)

 

McCracken County

Purple Toad Winery – Paducah (Winery – 1st place)

Purple Toad Winery – Paducah (Wine – 1st place)

 

Mercer County

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – Harrodsburg (Historic Site – 2nd place)

 

Nelson County

My Old Kentucky Home State Park – Bardstown (Historic Site – 1st place)

Kentucky Gun Company – Bardstown (Shooting Range – 3rd place)

 

Owen County

Elk Creek Vineyards – Owenton (Winery – 3rd place tie)

Elk Creek Vineyards – Owenton (Wine – 2nd place)

 

Powell County

Red River Gorge Geological Area – Stanton (Romantic Getaway – 2nd place)

Red River Gorge Geological Area – Stanton (Canoeing/Kayaking Spot – 3rd place)

Red River Gorge Geological Area – Stanton (Hiking Trail – 1st place)

Red River Gorge Geological Area – Stanton (Campground – 3rd place)

Red River Gorge Geological Area – Stanton (Extreme Adventure/Sport Location – Hall of Fame)

 

Pulaski County

Lake Cumberland – Somerset (Family Getaway – 2nd place)

Lake Cumberland – Somerset (House Boating Lake – 1st place)

Lake Cumberland – Somerset (Boating Lake or River – Hall of Fame)

Lake Cumberland – Somerset (Fishing Spot – Hall of Fame)

Lake Cumberland – Burnside (Family Getaway – 2nd place)

Lake Cumberland – Burnside (House Boating Lake – 1st place)

Lake Cumberland – Burnside (Boating Lake or River – Hall of Fame)

Lake Cumberland – Burnside (Fishing Spot – Hall of Fame)

Master Musicians Festival – Somerset (Music Festival – 3rd place)

General Burnside Island State Park – Burnside (Golf Course – Hall of Fame)

Somernites Cruise – Somerset (Car Show Cruise-in – Hall of Fame)

 

Russell County

Lake Cumberland – (Family Getaway – 2nd place)

Lake Cumberland – (Boating Lake or River – Hall of Fame)

Lake Cumberland – (Fishing Spot – Hall of Fame)

Coe’s Steakhouse – Russell Springs (Fried Fish – 2nd place)

 

Scott County

Georgetown Antique Mall – (Antiques Store – 1st place)

Whispering Woods Riding Stables – Georgetown (Agritourism – 1st place)

Country Boy Brewing – Georgetown (Craft Beer – 1st place)

 

Shelby County

Talon Winery & Vineyards – Shelbyville (Winery – 2nd place)

Talon Winery & Vineyards – Shelbyville (Wine – 3rd place)

Claudia Sanders Dinner House – Shelbyville (Fried Chicken – 3rd place)

 

Warren County

Chaney’s Dairy Barn & Restaurant – Bowling Green (Agritourism – 2nd place)

Flea Land of Bowling Green (Flea Market – 1st place tie)

Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SkyPAC) – Bowling Green (Performing Arts Venue – 2nd place)

 

Wayne County

Lake Cumberland – Monticello (Family Getaway – 2nd place)

Lake Cumberland – Monticello (House Boating Lake – 1st place)

Lake Cumberland – Monticello (Boating Lake or River – Hall of Fame)

Lake Cumberland – Monticello (Fishing Spot – Hall of Fame)

Wayne County Museum – Monticello (Tourist Attraction – 3rd place)

Mill Springs Mill – Monticello (Historic Site – 3rd place tie)

 

Whitley County

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park – Corbin (Tourist Attraction – 2nd place)

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park – Corbin (Romantic Getaway -1st place)

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park – Corbin (Scenic View – Hall of Fame)

Root Beer Stand – Corbin (Hamburger – 3rd place tie)

County Wide Band – Corbin (Kentucky Recording Artist – 2nd place)

 

Woodford County

Irish Acres – Versailles (Antiques Store – 3rd place tie)

Woodford Reserve Distillery – Versailles (Distillery Tour – 3rd place)

Woodford Reserve – Versailles (Bourbon – 2rd place)

 

Statewide/multiple locations

Five Guys  (Hamburger – 3rd place tie)

Culver’s (Hamburger – 2nd place tie)

Steak ’n Shake (Hamburger – 2nd place)

Dairy Queen (Milkshake – 2nd place tie)

Steak ’n Shake (Milkshake – 1st place)

Green River (Canoeing/Kayaking Spot – 2nd place)

Chris Stapleton (Kentucky Recording Artist – 3rd place tie)

Loretta Lynn  (Kentucky Recording Artist – 3rd place tie)

Jericho Woods (Kentucky Recording Artist – 1st place)

Lee’s Famous Recipe (Fried Chicken – 2nd place)

Kentucky Fried Chicken (1st place)

Matt Jones, Kentucky Sports Radio (Radio Personality – 1st place)

 

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