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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Where to see fireworks on the 4th of July in Kentucky!

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We decided to compile a list of places where you can find an Independence Day celebration near you!

Ky State Parks has a listing of all of the events at their locations around the state - click here.

Also, Kentucky Tourism has a great website for events where you can filer by topic. Click here and in the keyword area, search "fireworks" BAM!  So many options!

LexFun4Kids will hook you up with all of the events in Central KY - click here

LouisvilleFamilyFun.net has all of the options for the Louisville area - click here.

What about Shelby and Oldham counties?  There are celebrations for you too!
Click here for Shelby and here for Oldham.

Fort Knox has a big celebration on 4th of July.....great place to celebrate our country's independence. 

Have an amazing day with your family & friends!
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Monday, June 19, 2017

Ten great field trips for Kentucky kids and families

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In Kentucky we have a lot of history to explore- some good, some bad, but all a part of our past. If you are looking for places to suggest to your child’s school or places to take your family on your own here are the ten best places to start with. Many of these places offer special group rates for school field trips, so be sure to call ahead when you are planning your next educational trip!

 photo IMG_6116_zpsmnd3ekpu.jpg1. My Old Kentucky Home State Park – Aside from the fact this is the inspiration for Stephen Foster’s My Old Kentucky Home, it’s also a great way to peek into a history and way of life that is completely foreign to many of us. They also offer special programming like The Stephen Foster Story and summer fireworks.

2. Fort Boonesboro – There are plenty of places in Kentucky where you can visit Daniel Boone’s history, but Fort Boonesboro really drives home the reality of frontier life in the early days of Kentucky. It’s hard to imagine that just a little over 200 years ago Kentucky was the original western frontier!

3. The Jack Jouett House – You’ve probably never heard of Jack Jouett, but he was known as the “Paul Revere” of the South. He rode his horse through the night to warn the Continental Congress that the British were coming, sustaining lifelong disfigurement in the process. He eventually settled in Kentucky, and many of his descendants still live in the area.

4. The National Underground Railroad Museum – Kentucky was a “border state” during the Civil War, so many slaves passed through here on their way to freedom. It’s important to learn about this history, as ugly as it was, so we don’t lose sight of what freedom really means.

5. The Trail Of Tears Commemorative Park and Heritage Center – Much of this history went undocumented, but this is one of the few places we know there was an encampment of Cherokee people who were being forcibly moved to “Indian Territory.” Four thousand people died making the journey.

6. Shaker Village – Once the home of a strict religious sect called the Shakers, this place features numerous beautiful buildings that were built by hand by these industrious people. Here you can learn about the frontier way of life and what it took to build a functioning city in the middle of nowhere.

7. Steamboats – To get the full picture of what river life was like before mass produced automobiles and paved highways, you have to look to the river. It was, after all, the Interstate Highway system of its time. You can visit The Howard Steamboat Museum and The Portland Museum (LFF Review Here) in the same day to get an idea of what life and trade was like before the internal combustion engine.

 photo IMG_4232_zpsjhsf32zo.jpg8. Falls of the Ohio – We slightly cheated here;this is not in Kentucky. However, its proximity to Kentucky makes it very accessible and it's one-of-a-kind in the world.  Cross the Ohio River for this one. It is, hands down, the best place to see a wide variety of fossils that were left behind 400 million years ago during the Devonian period. If your child has any interest in geology or paleontology this is a great resource.

 photo IMG_2405_zps8mkzm1b0.jpg9. The Louisville WaterWorks Museum – Did you know that Louisville was once known as “The Graveyard of the West”? As people moved west and society expanded, sanitation wasn’t always the first thing on their minds. This led to epidemics of diseases like typhus, and eventually The Louisville Water Company developed one of the earliest and most sophisticated water treatment facilities in the world. It’s no small achievement considering there are still plenty of places in the United States that lack safe drinking water.

 photo IMG_0417_zpsinpxcsg7.jpg10. Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park – Kentucky proclaims a long list of historical figures, and Abraham Lincoln is probably the most notable of all of them. Lincoln was born in a tiny one-room log cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky and would rise to become the 16th President of the United States. At this site there is a replica of the log cabin, and visitors can also check out the natural spring that provided his family with clean drinking water.  See more information about taking a day trip to Hodgenville and photos here.

~Maggie
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Blueberry picking at Blues End Farm in Shelbyville

 photo 20170609_105735_zpsuwpebrlx.jpgMy family loves picking local fruits, so every summer we try to get in some time for strawberry and blueberry picking. On recommendation by a friend, we tried a new blueberry place this year called Blues End Farm. The farm is in Shelbyville, just about 30 minutes from Louisville just a few miles from I-64. For more family fun in that area, visit ShelbyFamilyFun.net.

After looking at the farm's website, we noticed that they ask that you call ahead. I called on a Thursday and asked if they had blueberries available and they said yes! We planned to head out the next day and they welcomed us. We followed the directions on their website and did get a little confused – just ignore the sentence about going into someone’s field and you’ll be good! When you arrive at the farm, there is a house to the left where they have a few buckets (although it might be a good idea to bring some of your own like empty milk cartons) and then the blueberries are to the right. You can drive out to the bushes, but there are only a couple good parking spots out there and it is just a few hundred yards away.

 photo 20170609_103434_zps3ay70bdp.jpgWhen we got to the blueberries, the husband of the family was there to let us into the nets. The fields are covered in nets to keep birds from getting to all the blueberries! He also did a great demonstration with us, showing us the perfect blueberries to pick and how to tell when they are really ripe! He stayed out in the field working and talking to us on and off while we picked. We asked questions about the farm and their other offerings, including maple syrup and their Bed and Breakfast. While we were there, there were two other groups of people there, so it was very quiet.

 photo 20170609_101136_zpslzinf43a.jpgAfter we had gotten our blueberries, we headed back to the house where the wife was to weigh and pay for our blueberries. They are $2.80 per pound, which we thought was very reasonable, especially for organic blueberries. They were all out of maple syrup because of a rough winter, which was sad, but we will definitely look into that for next year.

I think we have found a new blueberry place for us! We liked the quiet, quaint atmosphere and the personal experience we had there. It was also great getting to support a local couple who just love to grow and eat blueberries. They said that they grow varieties of blueberries that are generally ripe through mid July, so make sure you head out there before then, and of course, call ahead of time to make sure they’re available!

By guest contributor:
Lauren
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Review of Barren River Lake State Resort Park

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LouFamFun's Barren River Lake album on Photobucket

As it's likely clear from our website, we are really interested in promoting all of the wonderful places without Kentucky for families to explore and visit.  We know that plenty of folks will venture far and wide to find family fun on vacation but we hope to show that there's also an immense amount of interesting places and true natural beauty here in Kentucky that make for outstanding destinations.  And, without the cost of airfare and really long drives, it's instantly more affordable.

Recently, we took to I65 to check out Barren River Lake Resort Park.  Here are some details we think you'll want to know and will help you plan your visit.  This map helps show you the layout. You can test a place out and know if it's a great trip when you think.....would I go back?  YES!  We want to go back.  We were there for two full days and one night. I think you need at least two nights to enjoy it and not feel rushed.

Please go through the slideshow above to see more photos. We have included just a few below.

Lodging
At the resort park, there are four options for lodging and each of them have different benefits and price points.  The camping, the lodge rooms, cottages and villas - ranked from least to greatest in terms of cost.  We did not tour or experience the camping - so here's a link to more details and reservation info....and a map of the campsites.

 photo IMG_3855_zps7mdpysla.jpgLodge rooms - The distinct benefits of the lodge rooms are there proximity to the pool and lodge and the views of the sunset.  The sunset views are best seen if you have a room in the second building, especially the elevated floors.  Also, the lodge rooms are just enough for what you need if you plan to be outdoors most of the day.  The rooms are clean, have nice balconies and plenty of bathroom space.

 photo IMG_7425_zpsjixeqpaz.jpgCottages - If you plan to stay a while and want to save on dining, the cottages provide the proximity to the lodge, pool and marina along with a full kitchen, dining and living areas. Also, they have a green space in the middle area that's great for kids and families. These cottages are very much a "home away from home"if you want to spend a week at the lake as there are linens, cookware and space to spread out.

 photo IMG_7349_zpsfzyedw3r.jpgVillas - The villas are the largest space with high ceilings and quite views of the lush greenery all over the lake.  They have two porches and a very open living, dining and kitchen area.  The bedrooms and bathrooms are split between two sides of the villa so I can totally see two families sharing the cost and spending the week at the lake together. Like the cottages, the villas provide what you need for the week. However, these are not as close to the lodge as the cottages and do not have the green space and playground right out the front door but they do have a really nice private feel to them. And, I noticed a small path that leads from the villas down to the beach area through the woods. 



Amenities/Activities
Sports
 photo IMG_3858_zpsf5vc58yq.jpgYou can definitely make this an active trip. There is an excellent paved 2.5 mile walking/biking path.  Do bring bikes!  They also have multiple playgrounds for free play and a small indoor gym for weights and cardiovascular workouts.  There are basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts as well as shuffleboard and you can check out the supplies at the lodge.  And, there's a full 18-hole golf course. There's also seasonal horseback riding ($18 per person for 45 minutes) during the summer months. Of course, there is an outdoor pool near the lodge.
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Hiking
There are two hiking trails. We hiked the one through the woods and it was a really nice moderately rigorous hike.  We did spot poison ivy (like we do on hikes pretty much anywhere) so be prepared with long pants for hiking!  If you want to try out orienteering, they have that too - we didn't have time on our visit to try it.

 photo IMG_3803_zpspuf6hask.jpgFishing
Remember, you do need a KY fishing license to fish so get one before you go.  They do have equipment to loan out at the lodge. We brought our own and found a cove left of the beach. It was a quaint, quiet spot.

Beach
The beach is open in the summer months and provides a shallow walk in area for swimming in the lake.  It is roped off and there are bathrooms nearby as well. And, if you just want to pop in for a visit, there's no cost to enjoy a day at the beach.  The view from this area is lovely and there's quite a bit of parking.

Marina
While we were there, we did not utilize the marina. However, we did notice that it was really close by for convenience and looked it up online.  You can rent boats for the day or even just a few hours.

Dining
 photo IMG_7400_zpsfhqv1635.jpg photo IMG_7389_zps2msijgsr.jpgWe dined twice at the Driftwood Restaurant and the food was really good both times.  For dinner, we ordered off of the menu though they did have a buffet that tons of people were taking advantage of because it was prime rib (I think).  We didn't want such a huge meal that day.  My husband had catfish, I shared some chicken with my daughter and my son had a burger and fries. Our meal was fresh and just the right amount of food.  The view was lovely as well since the restaurant has windows on most sides and looks out over the state park greenery.  The restaurant offered a kids eat free deal so that made it very affordable, the same deal applied at breakfast (when ordering off the menu).  But, at breakfast, we opted for the buffet.  The breakfast was really worth it. We ate so much.....we just skipped right over lunch that day.  They had everything you would want for breakfast and kept close eye on the buffet to refresh items.  Definitely ask the server about specials like kids eat free as those deals might change! 

Glasgow
If you want to venture off of the state park property and explore town, it's really manageable.  There's one main road that goes in and out of the state park back to the highway so you would have a hard time getting lost!
Things we noticed:
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  • It will take you about 15 minutes to get into town.
  • There's an IGA grocery store on the way to the state park so if you need to stop to load up on groceries, it's very convenient.
  • Ask the lodge personnel for a list of local restaurants - we noticed a few on our way in and out that looked really good!
  • There was a shaved ice place on the way in so if you are visiting in the summer months, that would be a fun stop.
  • We are at Freddy's on our way in and it was a delicious, quick stop that we don't have near home. The frozen custard was wonderful and we loved their super skinny cut fries and special sauce.
  • There's an indoor fun place called Ralphie's Fun Center. If you have a rainy day during your visit, this would be a good place to check out.  I noticed they have daily specials that are pretty good deals. 
  • They host the Glasgow Highland Games the first weekend in June so if you want to be there during a time of lots of happenings and people around, that's the time to go.  And, if you want to avoid that weekend...........it's good to know when it is!
  • Cave City attractions are not far away. If you are planning an extended stay, it may be worth a day out and about for a cave tour or zip-lining. 
I hope that you will explore the website and check availability for Barren River Lake State Resort Park.  It was very easy to find, offered an array of outdoor activities that all families can enjoy and is more affordable than a jaunt on an airplane looking for water!

Stephanie
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Friday, June 2, 2017

99 Days of Summer from Kentucky Tourism

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Everyone - Kentucky Tourism has put together an AMAZING set of fun places to go and things to do throughout the summer months.  They highlight they fantastic fun that families can enjoy right here in Kentucky without have to travel far.  You know those super long car rides are hard on everyone and airfare can be so expensive.  So from festivals to lakes, Kentucky Tourism shows that we have it all right here.

There's a daily post starting after Memorial Day but you can access the calendar they have to click through and find ideas.

Here's the link to all of the ideas: 
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Free Fishing Weekend - Kentucky

Thanks to Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, you can fish for free (no license) this weekend. It's always the first weekend of June.

 photo IMG_2635_zpsuk01rei3.jpgYou can fin fishing spots all over Kentucky.! During Family Fishing Days, no license is required to fish. 

The FINS program (fishing in neighborhoods) showcases lakes all over the state that are great for fishing.  See information here.

You can also search for fishing spots here and the FINS locations are noted.

LexFun4Kids has a great list of special events that are taking place around town for free fishing weekend.......fishing derbies are popular.

We encourage you to try out fishing this weekend! You can tie it together with a hike and picnic while you check out a new lake and park. 
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ice Cream & a Moovie at Chaney's Dairy Barn

Chaney's Dairy Barn is a gem of  place with some of the BEST ice cream in all of Kentucky. It is located in Bowling Green and very easy to find off of major roads.  They have so much there just for a visit but in the summer, they host "Ice Cream & a Moovie" - get it?  He He, Snort!

Check back for 2017 info!

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 photo IMG_0885_zps5usn7d17.jpgThey kick it off on May 26-27th, with a showing of Finding Dory and it's free admission. YES, FREE!!!  Movie starts at dusk. You cannot bring outside food and drink and why would you want to? Their food and ice cream are delicious! Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.

They have a FUN jumping pillow and on that night, it's just $2/person instead of $5 from 6pm-8pm.  Also, they have a NEW playground so check it out. 

Click here to learn more

Can't go on the 26-27th?  GOOD NEWS! They have Moovies ALL SUMMER LONG into September with other promos like free popcorn/ice cream, tours and more!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

U-Pick Farms in Kentucky



We love this time of the year for so many reasons, not the least of which is being able to take part in the fresh fruits and veggies!

We have compiled a list of the U Pick places (whose info is available online) for you and your family to visit. If you know of a location that you think should be added give us a shout. Also as with all of our lists call ahead to confirm hours before you head out! Bring cash, or find out payment options ahead of time, some places are cash only!

Reed Valley Orchard - Paris, KY

The Farm at Landworks - Paris, KY

Blueberries of Daviess County - Utica, KY

Pennington Family Farm- Dry Ridge, KY

The Berry Farm - Fulton, KY

VanMeter Family Farm -  Clarkson, KY

Toodlebug Farm - Woodburn, KY

Hidden Hollow Orchard and Wildlife Sanctuary - Louisville, KY

Hintons Orchard - Hodgenville, KY

Bluegrass Blueberries - Edmonton, KY

Evans Orchard - Georgetown, KY

Gallrein Farm - Shelbyville, KY

Glover Farms - Pleasureville, KY

Jackson's Orchard - Bowling Green, KY

Eckert's/Boyd Orchards - Versailles, KY


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Monday, May 15, 2017

Star Wars Night in Ashland

Do you and your family love all things Star Wars?  Do you have costumes and love dressing up as your favorite characters?  In Ashland on June 2 from 5-9pm, there will be an event just for you.
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Bring your lightsabers to joins all of your fellow Star Wars fans in downtown Ashland. Everyone is encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars character.....there will be contests. The event will feature choreographed lightsaber shows and exhibitions and instructional fun so you can learn how to fight like a Jedi or Sit. There will be contests so you can enter to win some Star Wars gear!

You definitely want to arrive at the beginning of the event because the Star Wars Costume Contest takes place at 6:30 p.m. (The contest is for adults and children)
The raffle drawing takes place at 7:45 p.m.

Raffle entry is $1 per entry or 6 entries for $5. All proceeds benefit The Ashland Drop, a division of Pathways designed to benefit local youth who have, or are at risk of developing, behavioral health challenges.

For the adults, this event is also the grand opening of the First Friday Beer Garden located on 15th St. next door to Fat Patty's. There will be live music a special drink menu.

Details about this event can be found here.
Photo from the Facebook event. 


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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Day trip to Frankfort, Kentucky - our state capitol

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Over spring break, I had one day to spare from work so I told the kids we would take a day trip.  Their request: a learning trip.  We love going places to explore that have a hint of learning. Sure, there are those times for pure, giggle-full fun but more times than not, my kids want to learn. Love that!
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I decided on Frankfort because it's about an hour from home so it's doable in a day without having to get up and out very early.  After breakfast, we grabbed our book about the Kentucky state capital and took to the road.

How to get there:
Get yourself to I64 toward Frankfort from wherever you live.  The exit I recommend is 53 onto Lawrenceburg Rd toward Frankfort.  Head into town and you can choose two ways to get to the capitol area: 1)take 60/Louisville Road east and you will arrive on the same side of the river as the capital.  2)Cross over 60/Louisville Rd and continue on Lawrenceburg Rd and you will go beyond the capital but approach it by going through the downtown area and some great historic areas. Basically, go in one way and out the other and you have it all covered!  When you take the 60/Louisville Rd route, that's when you will pass the small parking area for the scenic overlook of the capital. It's a great stop for photo opps.

 photo IMG_3454_zpszw7zivyw.jpgState capitol self-guided tour:
There are two maps online that I recommend you print and take with you for each child. Click here and here. One covers the grounds and the other the interior of the capitol building.  It really helps the kids focus on what they are seeing and appreciate the details.  We liked finding the markers for time capsules and learning tidbits of history as we walked around.

Visitor information can be found here. There's plenty of parking around the building and on adjacent streets. The hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m year round. Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (April through October). It's always closed on Sunday. You just walk on in and check in with security. You can arrange for a guided tour if you prefer.

 photo IMG_7018_zpslndjiupy.jpgCliffside Diner:
This diner is right around the corner and literally on a cliff. It's a tiny place full of locals - they spotted our "out of town-ness" immediately.  We sat at the diner counter and shared burgers, fries, and chicken tenders. They had specials to try and the prices were reasonable.  We love finding these local spots. They do not serve breakfast all day.......

 photo IMG_3536_zpsep64pzvl.jpgDowntown Frankfort:
We crossed back over the river to find the main street in Frankfort.  It was quiet but we could tell that it's a wonderful place for festivals and such. Luckily, we spotted B's Bakery right before it closed.  It is the most adorable spot!  If I did this trip again, I'd go there first for coffee and pastries.  The decor was unique and the treats were not only attractive, but delicious.  We snagged a brownie, cookie and donut holes to go....for way less money than I thought at such a nice place. We sat at one of the picnic tables downtown for our snack before heading up the street to the original state capitol building and another awesome strip of shops featuring a coffee shop and local all-things-Kentucky shop.  We also were too late to explore the free Capital City Museum, so we'll have to do that next time. And, on the next trip, we are totally using the Frankfort Public Art Tour map to have a little scavenger hunt to find everything - the kids would love that.  We also drove by Liberty Hall and noticed they have tours and events.  That will go on my "next time" list.  As you can see, you can spend your day in downtown if you like!

 photo IMG_3516_zpsddrrw9uu.jpgSalato Wildlife Center:
If you go back out to 60/Louisville Rd and head west, you will get to the Salato Wildlife Center.  When we went, there were quite a few animals off exhibit so if you are planning a day, give them a call and check on the animals that are out and about their areas.  It's just $5 for adults and $3 for kids (children 4 and under receive free admission) so we didn't mind exploring when the place wasn't totally active.  We were there for about two hours and saw it all, my kids moved fast.  There are times when they have educational experiences with the staff both indoors and outdoors so ask for those times when you go in.  There's an indoor area with some hands-on educational fun, turtles, snakes and more. Outside, there is a paved path for navigating the center and the kids will love the black bear, wildcat and the play area among other exhibits. It's worth a stop if you are in Frankfort.

 photo IMG_3545_zpsds7sq7hd.jpgJuniper Hills Park:
This park is known for it's relatively new aquatic center. But, it has a nice playground area as well. We love finding a playground everywhere we go......to burn off our sugar consumption.  This playground sits up on a hill so it's a great view for relaxing while your children plan.  It was suitable for a variety of ages and way clean. This would be a perfect spot for a picnic or like we did, a short 30 minute stop to get the wiggles out before heading back home in the car. Since we were there in early spring, the restrooms were not open but they did have a clean port-a-potty nearby.

Stephanie
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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Review of Annual Beer Cheese Festival in Winchester, KY

 photo beer 2_zpsdn3aw6fp.jpgBeing big fans of one of many great Kentucky creations, the unique deliciousness that is beer cheese, we were so excited to find out there is an entire Beer Cheese Festival celebrating it where you can sample all you want for a flat fee! We found Winchester, KY easy to navigate and appreciated its small town feel in a well-kept historic downtown. We parked for free at funeral home that had signs inviting cars to do so. We also noticed free parking available at the Bluegrass Heritage Museum and some on street.

You can enter the festival area from several spots, with two main ones opposite each other. You start with the free to enter section featuring all sorts of vendors before and around the pay to enter section. There was a great variety of these ranging from Kentucky Proud items, crafts & artisans, jewelry, woodworking, clothing, direct sales companies, political, community, and businesses. There were several farmer market offerings including lots of samples, homemade jellies, candy, barbecue sauce, hot sauce, spice mixes, and more, so bring a good size bag to shop and maybe a cooler for beer cheese, produce, or meat. We also noticed what looked to be a motorcycle and off-road vendor off to one side street. Several commercial beer cheese vendors had merchandise like t-shirts and cozy with their logos for sale and some vendors in the free section gave away freebies including water or sold refreshingly cold bottles of another Winchester original, Ale-8, for just a dollar!

When you get to the star of the show, Beer Cheese Boulevard, you pay $5 cash each for a wristband and voting ticket, then follow a line down and around to just under 10 commercial vendors, most offering more than one kind of beer cheese with crackers, pretzels, and one also offered carrots or celery. We had such fun sampling and found it hard to choose just one top favorite each!

The free part of the festival had a small food court option, mostly typical festival food and at least one had beer cheese themed offerings. There was also a small beer garden area and a few places selling ice cream or other cold treats. We got so full from tasting beer cheese plus various samples from vendors in the free areas, that we didn't end up buying lunch after all. We bought ice cream and fresh squeezed lemonade, which offered regular and sugar free options. There was live music in at least two areas and a DJ at the courthouse who played family friendly songs from a variety of decades.
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The whole event felt family friendly except, understandably, the beer garden, and that there wasn’t any designated smoking or no-smoking areas. Everything is pretty spread out so even though well attended it didn't feel shoulder to shoulder crowded. Waiting in line for the beer cheese samples moved along at a decent place and chatting with fellow beer cheese lovers was a great way to pass the time. The vendors were personable and very nice to our child. We noticed an inflatable and some sort of swing and other rides off to one or two side streets, but didn’t venture farther to check that part out more because our kiddo was quite happy already. The festival had outstanding directional signage, which made it easy to get around. We saw a good amount of police officers so felt even more secure than we already did with the friendly atmosphere.

 photo beer 1_zpsf9i92itn.jpg The crowd started to thin around 2:30 pm on Beer Cheese Blvd. compared to when we arrived around 12:30 pm. We stayed until about 3:15 pm, so just under three hours total including lots of meandering. This was a terrific way to experience a Kentucky original as a family. If you want to stretch out your day or make a weekend of it, the tour at Blackfish Bison Ranch was an awesome way to begin the day. Call ahead to reserve your spots and confirm current times, which was Saturday morning only when we went. We also stopped by the historic Civil War Fort at Boonesboro which has a neat Kentucky River mural in the parking area, and found another quick spot to see the Kentucky River and some of the old stone fences nearby. The Ale-8-One Factory offers free tours, currently only Thursdays and Fridays, so a great way to make a weekend of it would be to drive there for Ale-8 tour Friday morning, visit Fort Boonesborough State Park afterwards, stay overnight, visit the Blackfish Bison Ranch Saturday morning, and then finish off the weekend perfectly at the Beer Cheese Festival. Other nearby attractions can be found at Tour Winchester, including a Beer Cheese Trail. The Beer Cheese Festival is held annually on the second Saturday in June, so mark your calendars and plan to have a great time enjoying all of the yummy beer cheese- just be sure you save some for us!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Fan Fest Day at Kentucky Derby Museum

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 It's the time of year when things get really exciting in Louisville. Kentucky Derby Museum is definitely a part of it. They started a Fan Fest Day last year and it was a huge hit so they are doing it again. If you love horses or the racing culture, this is the day to visit Kentucky Derby Museum.

Here's all of the important information for families:

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  • Sunday, April 30 with the doors to the Museum opening early at 8 am.
  • A major announcement will be made at 3 p.m.!
  • D. Wayne Lukas will be there for special programming throughout the day.
  • Historic walking tours of Churchill Downs Racetrack (with a chance to see Derby contenders during their morning workout on the 8:30 a.m. tour) and additional specialty and historic walking tours will be offered throughout the day
  • Children’s activities from 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. including Winner’s Circle photo-booth, design your own silks, decorate a horseshoe, stick-horse races, face-painting and more (all children’s activities are FREE with paid general admission)
  • Showings of the 360° movie, The Greatest Race, throughout the day

  • Live music from local bluegrass band Shades of Grass
  • A general admission ticket ($15 for adults, $8 for kids ages 5-14, under 5 free) gives guests access to the entire day’s activities with an option to add on specialty tours, including Barn and Backside Tours and brunch in the Derby CafĂ©! Tickets for Kentucky Derby Museum’s Fan Fest Day are available now at DerbyMuseum.org
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