OCT 2018

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²ConventionSouth ² O C T O B E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 50 K E N T U C K Y Lexington Venues • Four Points by Sheraton: 174 guest rooms; 7,500 square feet of event space • Ramada by Wyndham Hotel & Conference Center: 145 guest rooms; 10 meeting rooms in 8,000 square feet of meeting space • 21c Museum Hotel: 88 guest rooms; gallery and event space for up to 250 people • Keeneland Race Course: includes the Enter- tainment Center, which can accommodate up to 450 people, and smaller meeting and event spaces, most overlooking the track; historic Keene Place mansion can host seated dinners for up to 56 guests Frankfort Kentucky's state capital offers planners a walkable downtown, tours of the historic state capitol building and governor's mansion, the oldest continually operating distillery in America (since 1812), numerous historic sites and museums, and a newly enhanced riverfront with aquatic center, parks and boat tours, including Rockin' Thunder, a 22-passenger jet boat. The distillery, Buffalo Trace, has an event space for up to 350 people, according to Visit Frankfort. Frankfort is also home to Rebecca Ruth Candy, open since 1919 and the creator of the original bourbon balls candy. The largest meeting hotel in the city is the 163- room Capital Plaza Hotel, with 10,000 square feet of function space. The Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, located near the hotel, has meeting rooms and reception space for up to 200 people. The center also facilitates outdoor function space on the grounds of Kentucky's Old State Capitol Building. Berry Mansion is a historic home situated on a hill overlooking the capitol, with space for dinners, conferences and receptions. There are approximately 850 hotel rooms in the city, according to the CVB. Hotels with limited meeting space include a Hampton Inn, with 122 guest rooms and two meeting rooms; Best Western Parkside, with meeting space for up to 80 people; and Holiday Inn Express & Suites, with event space for up to 45 people. An 88-room Home2 Suites opened this year. Owensboro The new Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum opens October 2018 in Owensboro. According to Dave Kirk, destination manager for the Owensboro-Daviess County CVB, the $15.3 million facility will help Kentucky's fourth- largest city market itself as a destination. "When we go out to book conventions and conferences, we will have another great source of entertainment to help us sell Owensboro," he said. "With the shows the bluegrass center is planning for the weekends, that will also create events in themselves that people will come to Owensboro for. Add in that the new building is located within footsteps of great hotels and you've got a recipe for success in terms of tourism." The museum has a 450-seat theater, interactive exhibits, posters, costumes, live instrument demonstrations and the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) special Hall of Fame. The Owensboro Convention Center is a 92,000-square-foot multipurpose facility with 44,000-square-foot exhibit hall and 48,000 additional square feet of ballroom and meeting space. RiverPark Center is a performing arts facility with a 1,500-seat auditorium and six spaces for events and meetings. The Owensboro Sportscenter is a 5,000-seat arena with space for trade shows, meetings and receptions. Two hotels are adjacent to the convention center downtown: the 150-suite Hampton Inn & Suites has three meeting rooms and the 123-room Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront features an executive meeting space and boardroom that seats up to 10. Other hotels with meeting space for up to 60 people include a 109-room Courtyard Owensboro, 63-room Comfort Suites, 100-room )DLU¿HOG,QQDQGURRP6OHHS,QQ Kentucky Wesleyan College has banquet space for up to 500 people; Brescia University has a variety of spaces and can host up to 160; and Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center can host up to 115 for dinners and up to 200 for meetings. The Owensboro Museum of Fine Art and the Owensboro Museum of Science & History offer group rates for tours and unique event spaces. Hopkinsville Set to open this fall, the Hopkinsville Sportsplex will be a 54,000-square-foot multipurpose FRPSOH[ZLWKWKHÀH[LELOLW\WRKRVWQRQVSRUWV events, according to Visit Hopkinsville. The $5.6 million facility will have three basketball courts, DQLQGRRUVRFFHU¿HOGEDVHEDOOEDWWLQJFDJHV archery space, and meeting and party rooms. In the past year, the city welcomed the Hopkinsville Towne Center, with shopping and dining options, and two new hotels. TownePlace Suites, which has a small meeting room, and a 100-room Holiday Inn, located next to the new sports complex and the James E. Bruce Convention Center. The center has 7,230 square feet of meeting and exhibit space and is adding a new 14,800-square-foot conference center, according to published reports. Additional event venues include Valor Hall Conference & Event Center, with 10,000 square feet of meeting space and a 6,000-square-foot glass-enclosed pre-function room; and Black Patch Steak & Seafood, with meeting space for up to 80 people. Burdoc Farms, in nearby Crofton, has a variety of spaces for events, with 10 acres of trails for team-building functions. Event facilities also are available at Hopkinsville Community College, with classrooms and other spaces available for up to 150 people, and at the Hopkinsville campus of Murray State University, which can host up to 200. Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park has 12 Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro

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