Following is the TOP 10 in chronological order:
KENTUCKY BURBOUN FESTIVAL (September 12-20, Historic Bardstown, Ky.) Bardstown, the "Bourbon Capital of the World" salutes one of Kentucky's finest products, distillery tours, displays, arts, crafts, musical entertainment including "Barrels of Country Music" Free concert featuring Tanya Tucker & Trace Adkins, bourbon enhanced foods and much more! For more information, contact the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist Commission at (800) 638-4877.
CORN ISLAND AND STORYLTELLING FESTIVAL (September 18-19, E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park) The 23rd anniversary of the Corn Island Storytelling Festival is expected to be the largest storytelling event in North America, featuring storytellers from diverse cultures and backgrounds. The festival brings to life the oral communication and storytelling that previous generations depended upon for information. Built on a reputation of diversity and quality, the festival has attracted visitors from all 50 states, all the Canadian provinces and many foreign countries. Contact the Louisville-Jefferson County Tourist Commission and Visitors Bureau at (502) 584-2121.
HISTORIC CONSTITUTION SQUARE FESTIVAL (September 18-20, Constitution Square Historic Site, Danville, Ky.) Kentucky's historic past, circa 1780-1800 can be seen first hand at this festival, which features living history encampments, audience participation entertainment, 100 top quality (juried) artist and craftsmen, and food. Set admist the original buildings where Kentucky's forefathers met and debated the issues of the day, this festival allows visitors to step back in time 200 years and experience first-hand the daily activities, social culture, and attitude of the day. For information, contact the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (606) 236-7794.
KENTUCKY WOOD EXPO (September 18-20, Laurel County Fairgrounds, London, Ky) This event is becoming one of the premier regional events in the country designed to highlight and promote the machinery and technology of the wood industry. The Forestry Industry Trade Show & Expo is proud to feature some of the top sawmill, pallet, and logging equipment companies nationally and internationally. Exhibitors from over 25 states and Canada participate in the two day event to highlight the cutting edge technology of the forest products industry. Over 8,000 attendees from a wide range of industry representatives and the general public come to view the over 150 inside and outside displays. Lumberjacks from all over the country and Canada come to compete in the Kentucky Lumberjack Invitational and Stihl Timbersport Series quarterfinals features on ESPN. For more information, contact the London-Laurel County Tourist Commissions at (606) 878-6900 or (800) 348-0095.
WORLD CHICKEN FESTIVAL (September 24-27, downtown London, Ky) In its eighth year, the World Chicken Festival continues to be on f the top ranked events in the Southeast United States, and one of the top 20 events for September by The Southeast Tourism Society, Colonel Harland Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, is one of the most highly recognized figures in the world. Laurel County, Kentucky, located in the heart of the Daniel Boone National Forest, is proud to be the home of the Colonel's first and original restaurant established in 1940. The World Chicken Festival attracts over 200,000 visitors during the four day event each year that is filled with "egg-cite-ment", special events and attractions for the whole family. Events and attractions include; The World's Largest Known Flying Skillet, Exotic Chicken Display, Colonel Sanders Look-A-Like Contest, Parades, Continuos Live Show, and over 200 arts, crafts, and food vendors. Contact the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission at (606) 878-6900 or (800) 348-0095.
PADUCAH'S 4TH EVER BARBECUE ON THE RIVER (September 25-26, Historic downtown Paducah-Overlooking the Ohio River) Two Days of barbecuing bliss during Paducah's Old Market Days in a "Community Charitable Event". The "Tournament & Pig Out" is an all day event where Circuit Cookers and Back Yard Cookers compete to become Paducah's Barbecue on the River Grand Champion. Free entertainment is ongoing, arts and crafts throughout the downtown, games, pig calling and chicken clucking contests, beer garden, pony rides, pig races and more make this a grand occasion for the region, For more information, contact the Paducah-McCraken County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (502) 443-8783.
ST. JAMES COURT ART SHOW ( October 2-4, St. James Court in Old Louisville, Ky.) The St. James Art Show is among the largest art shows in the nation, drawing approximately 700 artists from all over the United States and neighboring countries. It has a unique distinction of being situated in the heart of Old Louisville which is one of the largest collections of preserved Victorian homes in the country. It is the largest show of its kind in the nation. Contact the Louisville-Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (502) 584-2121.
KEENLAND THOROUGHBRED RACING-FALL MEET (October 3-24, Keenland Race Course, Lexington, Ky) In It's 62nd years, the fall meet at Keenland is truly something special. In fact, Queen Elizabeth II has attended only one race in the United States - Keenland in the Fall. The Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup now races the opening day of Keenland's Fall Meet. This starts off three weeks of thoroughbred racing thrills and excitement. Keenland, a registered historic landmark, is the ideal setting for horse enthusiasts and mildly curious alike. Contact the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau at (606) 233-1221 or (800) 848-1224.
FORKLAND HERITAGE FESTIVAL and REVUE (October 9-10, Forkland Community Center, Gravel Switch, Ky) Termed "The only TRUE folk festival in Kentucky". Experience the folksy atmosphere of the "Fork" and take part in the countryside wagon tours, heritage displays, sorghum making, old country theater with old-fashioned bean supper and drama, entertainment shops, pancake breakfasts, and 5K run. The 1998 theme is "Open doors to the past". The bookings have been place on the National Register of Historic Places, therefore, livin history exhibits will be displayed this year, such as quilting, farming, and quiltpen writing. For more information, contact the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (606) 236-7794.
LEE COUNTY WOOLY WORM FESTIVAL
(October 23-25, Beattyville, Ky.) Celebrating its 10th year, the festival
honoring the "Isabella" caterpillar (A.K.A. wooly worm) has received
national radio and media attention on CBS "This Morning". The wooly worm
predicts the weather in local folklore. Special events include Worm Races,
Car Show, Parades, lots of food crafts, ongoing live entertainment, and
lots of other "stuff" to entertain the entire family. For more
information, contact the Lee County Fiscal Court at (606) 464-4100.
Other special mentioned events and festival include:
DANIEL BOONE PIONEER FESTIVAL (September 4-6, Winchester, Ky) Contact (606) 744-0556.
DEA Festival '98 (September 6, Kentucky Center For the Arts, Louisville, Ky) Contact (502) 584-2121.
Battle For the Barren" Civil War Encampment(September 11-13, Bowling Green, Ky) Contact Bowling Green/Warren County Tourist Commission (502) 782-0800.
Poage Landing Days (September 18-20, Ashland, Ky) Contact Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (606) 329-1007.
Bowling Green 10K Classic/Festival (October 2-3, Bowling Green, Ky) Contact Bowling Green/Warren County Tourist Commission (502) 782-0800.
Greenup Old Fashion Days (October 8-10, Downtown Greenup, Ky.) Contact Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Arts in Action (October 10, Downtown Paducah, Ky.) Contact Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (606) 443-8783.
Fiddler's Festival (October 30-November 1, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center) Contact Renfro Valley Entertainment Center (800) 765-7464.
Breeder's Cup XV (November 7,
Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.) For more information, please contact