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Festivals in Kentucky


Kentucky Derby Festival
Kentucky Derby Festival

Among the state’s most interesting places to visit are the houses associated with famous Kentuckians. Ashland, in Lexington, was the home and estate of the noted statesman Henry Clay. Also in Lexington are the childhood home of Mary Todd, who became the wife of Abraham Lincoln, and the home of John Hunt Morgan, a famous Confederate cavalry officer.

About 30 km (about 20 mi) southwest of Lexington is the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, a restored community that was founded in about 1805 by members of a religious society known as Shakers. Also in the Lexington area are the famous horse farms of the Bluegrass region. Many of the farms are open to visitors. In a cemetery at Frankfort, the state capital, are the graves of the famous frontiersman Daniel Boone and his wife, Rebecca.

Near Louisville is the Zachary Taylor National Cemetery, where Zachary Taylor, 12th president of the United States, and members of his family are buried. Taylor, although born in Virginia, grew up in Kentucky on a farm his father bought after the American Revolution. The Lincoln Heritage Trail, which traces sites associated with Lincoln through Illinois and Indiana, begins near Hodgenville.

Horse races are held at several racetracks in Kentucky almost continuously from spring to fall. The most famous horse race, which is also Kentucky’s best-known annual event, is the Kentucky Derby. Held the first Saturday in May, the derby is a race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds, and has been held annually at Louisville’s Churchill Downs since 1875.

It is part of the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival. Horse shows are common in Kentucky during the summer months and are often combined with county fairs. The Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen’s Fair, in Berea, is held in May. The Festival of the Bluegrass is held in Lexington in June. In July a Shaker festival is held at Auburn. The Kentucky State Fair is held at Louisville in August. In October the Daniel Boone Festival is held at Barbourville and the Allen County Singing Convention meets at Scottsville. "Kentucky" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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