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First Lady Jane Beshear presents new highway signs for Rebecca Ruth Candy
Brown signs will direct I-64 motorists, chocolate lovers, to popular Frankfort candy factory
FRANKFORT, Ky. – First Lady Jane Beshear today presented one of the new highway signs that will direct motorists along Interstate 64 to one of the unique commercial and tourism attractions in historic downtown Frankfort – Rebecca Ruth Candy & Tours.
“Today we celebrate one of Kentucky’s unique, family-owned businesses,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Rebecca Ruth Candy is as much as part of Frankfort as the dome on the Capitol – and has been nearly as enduring.”
The sign presentation took place at Rebecca Ruth’s Chocolate Café, one of the company’s retail stores, in downtown Frankfort. Rebecca Ruth has four locations in Franklin County, including the factory on Second Street, near Capital Avenue, which offers public tours. The tour features an antique candy furnace and hand-stirred copper kettles that are used along with modern equipment to produce an array of candies. The company also sells by mail-order and online across the country.
Rebecca Ruth was founded in 1919 by Rebecca Gooch and Ruth Hanly Booe, a pair of young teachers. Ruth became sole owner in 1929, and the Booe family still operates the company. Charles Booe, grandson of Ruth, is the current owner.
“Signs like these are important to our tourism economy all across Kentucky,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow. “This sign will help direct travelers to one of Frankfort’s best attractions and income generated from the increased business will be a benefit to the entire Franklin County community.”
Presenting the highway signs during “Bourbon Heritage Month” in Kentucky, as proclaimed by Gov. Steve Beshear, is fitting because of Rebecca Ruth’s connection with Kentucky’s signature spirit. The candymaker is famed for its bourbon chocolate.
According to the company, Ruth Booe worked for two years perfecting a bourbon ball candy after the combination was suggested by a dignitary at Frankfort’s sesquicentennial celebration in 1936.