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Kentucky Oaks and Derby

Every spring, since 1875 when Churchill Downs was built, the pageantry and tradition of the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby have captured the hearts 

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Rides, Slides & More Fun at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay

The 2015 season runs April 25 through mid-September and features the addition of eight new rides. Together, the two theme parks offer more than 60 rides and attractions at one affordable price.

Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay are located at I-65/264 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit or call (502) 813-8200

POSTED: 1 month ago
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  • Apr 29, 2015
        5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

What an event this is! The historic steamboat Belle of Louisville will be facing off with the riverboat Belle of Cincinnati in a time-honored river contest during Derby Festival Week. Prior to the boat race, the boat crews will be competing in land-based events of “skill,” and the crew with the most points will win the coveted antlers.

Call for information or to make a reservation, or purchase tickets on line. The Derby Festival gives the Belle only a small portion of their tickets to sell, and the seating for those tickets will be upstairs and outside, regardless of the weather. And we’ve seen every kind of weather over the years, so be prepared!

Tickets (tax added on at purchase):

$130 per person (all ages)

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  • Apr 29, 2015
        5:30 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

If you’ve missed out on tickets for the Belle of Louisville during the Battle of the Belles Great Riverboat Race, or would like to watch both boats from a really good vantage point for the whole race, then come on board the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson and follow along as she “chases” the racers up the Ohio River and back. Dinner is provided and you will have reserved seating indoors.  A DJ will provide music, the bar will be open for your convenience, and two beverages per person are included with your ticket. Call for information or to make a reservation (advance reservations required), or purchase tickets on line.

Tickets (tax added on at purchase):

All Ages - $65

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WKU’s Hardin Planetarium is now open year-round. There is no charge for admission for the public shows (Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7:00 and Sunday afternoons at 2:00) or to the interactive exhibits in the outer ring (open 9-4 M-F or during the half-hour before and after each public show). The Planetarium also offers science camps, private parties and special group shows for education and entertainment purposes.  For specific show titles and dates, visit the Planetarium website at or call 270-745-4044.

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  • Apr 24 - Apr 26, 2015

The Redbud Ride

Saturday, April 25, 2015

529 South Main Street London, KY

8:00 a.m.

The Redbud Ride is an annual bicycle ride that starts in beautiful downtown London, KY and stretches throughout the surrounding areas. The route for the Redbud Ride passes some of the most beautiful scenery in Kentucky, filled with blooming redbud trees! This ride is a must- do for cycling enthusiasts, professionals and amateurs alike.

  • The Redbud Ride will have new and exciting lunch options and SAG stops located about every 20 miles.
  • Our SAG stops are always a party thanks to our wonderful volunteers & host locations!
  • FREE T-Shirt!
  • The Redbud Ride offers Four Route Options that will be sure to please every cyclist.
  • Complimentary Pancake Breakfast hosted by the London Rotary Club.
  • Live Music at the Farmers Market after the ride!
  • Pre-Ride and Post Ride parties planned for the guests of the event!
  • Post event meal provided.

The Redbud Warm-Up!

Friday April 24, 2015
310 College Street Barbourville, KY
10:00 a.m.

Our friends in nearby Barbourville will present the 3rd Annual Redbud Warm-Up. Registration Opens at 10:00a.m. The warm-up coincides with the Redbud Festival hosted by Union College. Registration for the Warm-Up is only $25 while registering for the Redbud Ride. There will be two route options this year that you can choose on the day of the event, making for a great afternoon. Registration includes a couple SAG Stops, a complimentary Warm-Up T-shirt, and a great afternoon in Barbourville. A wonderful way to start the weekend!

The Redbud Recovery – FREE!

Sunday, April 26, 2015
Richmond, KY
10:00 a.m.

Last year our friends from Mike’s Hike and Bike and others in the Richmond area hosted a light Sunday ride we like to call the Redbud Recovery. A few route options, lightly supported and a lot of fun. This ride is free to anyone who registers. We see it as a reason for you to stick around Kentucky another day, see some beautiful countryside, and ride your bicycle! Registration for the Recovery ride is free when you register online for 1 or 2 days of the event.

Please become a Facebook fan of The Redbud Ride at and receive continuous updates

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  • Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2015

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is the largest annual equine competition held at the Kentucky Horse Park. One of only six three-day events in the world that are ranked at the highest level (Concours Complete International four stars), the Rolex Kentucky is the first three-day eventing competition of the year on the international calendar.

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  • Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2015
  • 101 Chestnut St., Downtown Irvine

Mountain mushrooms are the regional name for the delicate morel mushroom which can be found in the densely forested mountains of eastern Kentucky in early spring. They are prized by gourmet cooks for their intense earthy flavor and many people enjoy the challenge of hunting for them.  

The festival celebrates all things morel and showcases the mushroom in a cook-off and market.

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  • Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2015

Campground at Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond, KY 40475

Pay for Friday night and get Saturday night FREE.  We have so much fun that we start the weekend early on Thursday night with bingo and then the fun continues with scheduled times for bonfires, free putt-putt and tours, hikes, entertainment, and lots more activities.  There is a free continetal breakfast on Sunday.  This event is for registered campers only.  For more information please call (859) 527-3454 or email


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  • Apr 23 - Apr 25, 2015

The kick off of the NCM on site event season the Bash traditionally marks the rollout of the next model year Corvette; the place where you can see them up close and in detail.  Bash 2014 will provide enthusiasts the chance to see the new 2015 Corvette Stingray up close as well as getting all the latest information about the all new 7th Generation Corvette.  Seminars will feature speakers discussing Chassis, Powertrain, Interior, and Design and Electronics.  As in past years there will be a large contingent of GM engineers and designer from Warren Tech Center, Milford Proving Ground and the Bowling Green Assembly Plant ready to answer your every question.

Returning activities include seminars by the C4/C5/C6 Specialist Paul Koerner, the Corvette race team members Doug Fehan, Corvette Driver Tommy Milner and Dan Binks, guided road tours, two celebrity choice car shows, the Ladies’ Oasis, and the expanded Garage Party with women of the GM Corvette Team. The ladies will cover all aspects of Corvettes including maintenance, engineering and even high performance driving. Some returning activities include Golf with Corvette Racing & GM Team.

POSTED: 1 month ago
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Kentucky Derby Festival

April 18–May 1
Kicking off with “Thunder Over Louisville,” the nation’s largest fireworks display on April 18, the Kentucky Derby Festival is a calendar of over 70 community events that lead up to the running of the Kentucky Derby.

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The Rail City Dulcimer Society will host its fifth annual Dulcimer Festival at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park.

The festival will be held 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday and 8:30 am - 8:00 pm Saturday.

Free dulcimer workshops will be offered 9:30 - 11:30 am Saturday.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

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  • Apr 17 - Apr 19, 2015

The hills come alive every spring at Carter Caves with emerging blooms of many shapes and colors decorating the forest floor.  You will be able to experience the beauty of the area during wildflower walks, canoe trips and van tours throughout the weekend.  Other programs and walks that could be offered include landscaping with native plants, beginner plant identification, invasive plant species, tree identification, archeological walks and tracking.  Evening programs will be held each night.  

Whether you are an experienced wildflower enthusiast, a beginner bloomer or just enjoy being in the woods, this is the perfect weekend for you to get outside and experience the natural beauty of spring.  

There is a registration fee of $15 for adults and $10 for children for the weekend’s activities.

Click here

to download the Wildflower Weekend agenda (Adobe PDF).  

An overnight lodging package including 2 nights lodging and registration fees for two is $169.95 (plus tax).  

Call the park at 1-800-325-0059 to register.

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  • Apr 16 - Apr 18, 2015
  • downtown, Pikeville, KY 41501

Hillbilly Days offers loads of fun for all participants, but there is true meaning behind the event. For 37 years, Shriners have faithfully traveled all over the United States and Canada to help crippled children. So, when you come upon Shriners all decked out in Hillbilly garb or driving one of those modified Hillbilly limousines, remember the children whose lives are being enhanced.

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  • Apr 14 - Apr 15, 2015
        5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

The Mary Todd Lincoln will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination with a special evening tour entitle Death, Mourning, and Mrs. Lincoln. The tour will be offered at 5pm and 6pm on both the date Lincoln was shot (April14th) and the date of his death (April 15th).

Reservaations required. Admission $15 for individuals, $13 per person with a group of four or more, and $10 per person for members and their guests. Not recommened for children. The Mary Todd Lincoln House is located at 578 West Main Street in downtown Lexington. Free parking directly behind the house. Call Gwen at 859-233-9999 fo reservations or visit

for further information.

Refreshments and coffee will be served.

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There is nothing more beautiful than Kentucky in the springtime and no place on earth is more spectacular than the Kentucky Horse Park.

We hope you will come join us at the Kentucky Spring Premier American Saddlebred Horse Show. The three-day full schedule includes a wide range of performance classes for Saddlebreds, Hackneys, and Road Horses.  And, for the equitation enthusiasts, the event will host the UPHA Challenge Cup and Walk/Trot Challenge Cup.

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Join Canon Explorer of Light, Adam Jones, in Lexington, Kentucky for a weekend filled with the sights sounds, and thrill of thoroughbred horses as they thunder past your position along the track railing. We’ll be out early exploring Keeneland behind the scenes as horses are exercised, groomed, and prepared for a day of racing. Plenty of opportunity for details up close and personal as we explore the grounds and barns. During the races, you will even have the unique opportunity to photograph a race from the Winner’s Circle!

We will also explore the 3,000 acres and 34 restored buildings of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Known for their simple architecture and furniture, this largest authentic Shaker village provides stunning photographic opportunities in a beautiful pastoral setting. The white fences, barns, animals, carriages, and buildings offer countless opportunity.

This workshop has two distinctly different shooting days requiring very different skill sets. Day one we capture thundering race-horses running past our cameras at world famous Keeneland. In this workshop we explore creative techniques for recording the power and grace of thoroughbred racing at its best. Students will learn proven techniques for panning and recording action with fast and slow shutter speeds for creative effect. Day two explore the picturesque and interesting architecture of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Here we are working slower and from tripods where we learn about composing, depth of field for landscapes, using Tilt Shift lenses for architecturally correct images.

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  • Apr 04, 2015
        7:15 P.M. - 9:15 P.M.

We will use the almost full moon to guide us over the water to see what creatures are using the lake.  Trips will last about two hours on the water.  Bring water, bug spray, and flashlight.
Fee: $20/canoe.  Participants must have canoed prior to the trip date and be at least 10 years of age.
Must register one week before the canoe trip.  Space is limited, so sign up as soon as possible.
Call 270-797-3421 for more information.
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Dawson Springs, KY 42408 

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  • Apr 04, 2015
        9:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

You will be hiking through a neat rock formation.  A Great Trail for Spring wildflowers. Total length is 2 miles.  Please bring food and water to last several hours.  Meet at 9 am at the park visitor center.  Cost of the hike is $ 5.00 per person.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park

7351 Hwy 90 Corbin , KY 40701(606) 528-4121

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