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AUG 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 2 0 1 8 / 2 0 1 9 M E E T I N G S I T E S G U I D E w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 50 Bluegrass Heritage Kentucky and bluegrass music go hand in hand. The community of Rosine serves as the birthplace for the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, and musicians converge on the city every weekend to play. The Jerusalem Ridge Festival, named after Jerusalem Ridge, the family farm of Monroe, returns in 2018 after a two-year absence. The International Bluegrass Music Museum in nearby Owensboro was recently rebranded as the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum and is unveiling a new $15.3 million facility this year. Plans currently call for a live bluegrass show every Saturday night when the new 450-seat Woodward Theater opens its doors as part of the center. Horse Country When people think of Kentucky's rich horse history, images of the legendary rac- ing venue Churchill Downs likely come to mind. In Lexington Horse Country, groups can take in the sights of working Kentucky horse farms, one of the best ways to discover what the state's horse heritage is all about. A variety of tour operators are available to help visitors enjoy an up-close-and- personal experience with some of Kentucky's finest thoroughbreds. Some activities include riding lessons on American Saddlebred horses in Shelby County – the Saddlebred Capital of the World – and visiting the stables of Kentucky Derby champions. At a minimum, groups can take in some of the state's beautiful equestrian architecture and land- scapes. Native American Heritage – Trail of Tears Native Americans lived in Kentucky as far back as history can point to and they had a nota- ble influence in the early days of American culture. The Trail of Tears Commemorative Park stands as a memorial to one of the most heart-rending chapters of American history. In 1838 and 1839, nine of the 13 Cherokee Indian groups being relocated to Oklahoma traveled over land during harsh winter conditions, leaving thousands dead. The 34-acre park contains a Heritage Center, the gravesites and statues of Chiefs White Path and Fly Smith, a flag court, walking trails, a playground and small picnic shelters. Each September, on the first weekend after Labor Day, the Trail of Tears Park Commission hosts an intertribal powwow at the park. n A B C D E F G H I 1 2 3 4 Ashland................................ H2 ......................51 Carrollton ............................. F1 ......................51 Covington ............................G1 ......................51 Frankfort .............................. F2 ......................51 Hopkinsville ......................... C4 ......................51 Lexington ............................. F2 ......................51 Louisville .............................. E2 ......................51 Maysville ..............................G1 ......................51 Owensboro .......................... D3 ......................51 Paducah .............................. B3 ......................51 City Map Location Page Kentucky History, Heritage & Bourbon Kentucky Bluegrass The state of Kentucky maintains a legacy marked with deep roots and wide appeal. Recognized for its influence in American history, The Bluegrass State beckons groups to return time and time again for its well-established folklore, rich traditions and heritage in music, food, spirits and horses. As America's largest producer of bourbon, Kentucky is well known for creating smooth, mellow blends and offering plenty of distilleries to tour. A regional culinary experience ranges from the urban offerings of Louisville and Lexington to the down-home cooking of the state's relaxed countryside and groups are sure to find tastes to delight every palate. The home of Daniel Boone and the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, Kentucky has played a varied role in American history, offering a look into the Civil War, Native American heritage and the civil rights movement. Churchill Downs Photos courtesy of Kentucky Department of Tourism

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