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Travel Insider - Sept. 23 - Issue 17

1)  ColorFall Spotters
2)  Paducah Historic Preservation Conference Oct. 23-25
3)  Reminder - Web Images Needed
4)  STS Top 20 Event Deadline - Oct. 3
5)  ABA Top 100
6)  Vote - Martha Stewart American Made

1)  ColorFall Spotters
     Today is the first full day of autumn, and the Department of Parks and the Department of Travel and Tourism are once again promoting fall color and activities across Kentucky with a link on our websites. The ColorFall Webpage is updated with posts by spotters from our parks or natural areas. If you feel that you are in a location that is open to the public and has colorful foliage, you can also sign up to be a spotter. The spotters report for six weeks beginning Oct. 1 and will be given a password to access the ColorFall website. Current posts are what our visitors need to plan their getaways. Please contact Beth Holbrook at beth.holbrook@ky.gov if you wish to participate in this program.

2)  Paducah Historic Preservation Conference Oct. 23-25
     Online registration is now open for the fourth and final presentation in the 2014 Kentucky Preservation Series, "Preservation Tools and Strategies," Oct. 23-25 in Paducah. Sessions are open to the public and geared to owners of historic buildings, members of architectural review boards and preservation commissions, local officials and anyone interested in community preservation.   
     To register, click here.  Questions can be directed to Diane Comer at 502-564-7005, ext. 120 or diane.comer@ky.gov.

3)  Reminder - Web Images Needed
     We are making big changes to kentuckytourism.com and need your help. All listings will soon include a photo of the business, hotel, motel, attraction, farmers market, etc. If you don't already have an image with your listing, please add it via the extranet. When you create a new listing, please upload the photo after you receive approval of the listing. To upload, files must be no larger than 15MB and must be in the .jpg format. Additional uploading information and image size requirements are on the listing tab.
     We currently have photos of all restaurants, distilleries, vineyards and breweries, but you still have the ability to change out the photo if you wish.
     Please contact Brad at brad.keith@ky.gov if you need more information or assistance.

4)  STS Top 20 Event Deadline - Oct. 3
     This is a reminder that the deadline for the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 for the second quarter of 2015 (April, May, June) is Friday, Oct. 3. Click here for the nomination form which lists all the requirements needed to be nominated as an event. Please send two copies of the nomination form plus two copies of supporting materials and the $20 nomination fee per event.

5)  ABA Top 100
     The American Bus Association (ABA) has announced the top 100 events in North America for 2015. Congratulations to the three Kentucky events that were chosen: the Kentucky Derby Festival and the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival and Christmas at the Galt House.
     Each spring, a committee of ABA member motorcoach and tour operators selects the Top 100 Events for the subsequent year. Winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events and more that have been nominated by ABA members. From among the winners, ABA names the No. 1 event for both the United States and Canada. All current ABA members of all membership categories may submit nominations.  For further information, click here.

6)  Vote - Martha Stewart American Made
    Several Kentucky companies have been selected by Martha Stewart and her judges as finalists in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards.
     The Kentucky  finalists are: Art Eatables LLC®; Bourbon Barrel Foods; Copper & Kings; Crayon Rocks; Grateful Grahams LLC; Henson Broom Shop; Misc. Goods Co.; Noelle Horsfield Ceramic Art & Design; Rooibee Red Tea; Sycamore Hill and Trifecta Sauce Company.
     Voting closes Oct. 15, and you can vote up to six times a day.  To vote, click here.

 

                        

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