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Heritage Harvest Driving Tour: Yard Decorating Contest
Lawrence County residents living on Route 3 or US 23 between Louisa and Boyd County, or Hwy 3396 in Lawrence County, are invited to participate in the Heritage Harvest Day Yard Decorating Competition.
Schools, churches and private residences are invited to participate! Yards and/or porches can be decorated for participation! Yard displays will be judged on the best use of the theme, “Appalachian Heritage Harvest!”
The THREE (3) best decorated yards will receive the following prizes:
1st Place- $100.00
2nd Place- $75.00 Read more »
Tour Southern and Eastern Kentucky hosted our first ever Social Media Workshop on June 8, 2011. The workshop, held at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY, was a huge success! There were 46 registered attendees that started off the morning with a lite breakfast provided by TOUR SEKY. Once folks ate their doughnuts and refilled their coffee, instructor Jason Falls got into the nitty gritty of social media! Read more »
The Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site is proud to announce the birth of the two newest additions to the “Flock”. Park staff and visitors have enjoyed watching this hawk come and go from her nest over the last two weeks. With all the rain and winds no other sign of life was evident in the nest until yesterday when two downy white fledglings popped into view. Park guest, Michele Wheat, took this picture on Sat. the 30th prior to the emergence of the young. Old Mulkey has requested the assistance of the KY Dept. of Fish & Wildlife in making a proper identification of the bird.
This year’s Garden Party was held on April 29, at the American Association Building in Middlesboro! This is such a fun event that we get the honor of participating in. More than 200 people celebrated Redbud Month at the Annual Redbud Garden Party! Special guests included Lauren Rose, Miss Redbud Trails 2011 and Garden Club of Kentucky President Diane Cains. Other guests included garden club members, tourism professionals, and community members. Read more »
Despite the threat of severe storms, more than 100 motorcycle riders braved the weather to participate in TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky’s (TOUR SEKY) second annual Redbud Motorcycle Ride. The ride was held April 9, 2011 along the Wilderness Road National Scenic Byway (NSB). The ride started in the Old Town section of Berea and made stops in London and Pineville before ending in Middlesboro at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Read more »
Despite the chill in the air, nearly 400 people participated in the 5th Annual “Blooming with Good Health” Awareness Walk. The free event was held April 1st at The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Renfro Valley, KY. TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY), Rockcastle-Mt. Vernon Tourism, Rockcastle Regional, Renfro Valley Entertainment Center and the Christian Appalachian Project worked together to sponsor the event. Read more »
A new trail system is now open at Memorial Park in Wayne County. TOUR SEKY held a ribbon cutting for the newest trail system in the “Big South Fork Gateway” Circuit of trails last month. I can’t describe the feelings of both pride and excitement as I watched community members and the volunteers that have worked tirelessly on this project make their first trek through the woods. Read more »
One of the benefits of working in the tourism industry is that I have fun everyday and get paid for it. I just returned from the Kentucky Tourism Industry Association’s Annual Tourism Conference. I enjoyed spending three days in Covington, KY with my coworkers outside of the office and seeing what other organization across the state are doing to promote their communities. Read more »
I knew ATV’s were popular in Southern and Eastern Kentucky, but I didn’t realize just how popular they were until I visited the Black Mountain Off Road Adventure Park in Harlan County. In just a few hours, hundreds of ATV riders visited with us during TOUR SEKY’s first ever “Do it in the Dirt” Off Road Adventure Ride. I was amazed at the number of people from all of the country that make the trek to our region just to be out on the trails. I can’t wait to start planning next year’s event. In the mean time, I need to find an ATV so I can take part in all of the fun.
Have you ever wondered how sorghum is made? If you want to know, all you have to do is visit Holbrook Brother’s Sorghum Mill in West Liberty, KY. They start making the sorghum in August and keep the mill running until the first frost. I spent the day in Morgan County just before the sorghum mill closed for the season. The visit to the mill was one of the highlights of the trip. I sampled fresh sorghum as it came out of the press and tried my first piece of sorghum taffy. I also bought several jars of sorghum, because it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping. Read more »