OCT 2014

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 55 I N S I D E R ' S G U I D E ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MARYLAND MISSISSIPPI MISSOURI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA The Bluegrass State, known for its horse farms and bourbon, is filled with interesting places to make your meet- ing a champion. Explore the riverfront destinations along the Ohio River, which runs along the stateʼs northern border, the stately landscape of rolling hills in the stateʼs interior and the Appalachians of the east. ■ Now open is the Owensboro Convention Center (pictured above), which is located along the banks of the Ohio River and offers 92,994 square feet of flexible meeting spaces, including a 44,000-square-foot exhibition hall. Along with the facility's stunning design, it offers pictur- esque landscaping with water fountains, a signa- ture waterfall, an outdoor children's spray park and playground, stone walkways, and open spaces for outdoor gatherings. The convention center is part of a revitalization occurring in downtown Owensboro that includes the opening of two hotels: a new 150-room Hampton Inn and Suites and a 120-room Holiday Inn, both of which are adjacent to the center. Owensboro is Kentucky's fourth-largest city, a hidden gem nestled on a scenic bend of the Ohio River in Western Kentucky. From Owensboro's signature barbecued mutton and burgoo to its ties to the roots of bluegrass music, Owensboro is the culinary and cultural hub of western Kentucky. Groups can experience one of the more than 20 annual festivals held within the city, including the world-famous International Bar-B-Q Festival, ROMP: Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival, Big O Music Fest and the Botanical Garden Daylily Festival. Plan a toe-tapping event at the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the world's only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of the genre, which originated in western Kentucky. Then, head over to the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Kentucky's second largest art museum, which offers national touring exhibitions, a permanent collection featuring four centuries of American and European art and interactive galleries for children. ■ Kentucky Lexington • Louisville • Northern Kentucky • Owensboro OWENSBORO: New Convention Center Now Open

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