Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kentucky Bourbon Festival Hosts Sampler At The Salato Wildlife Education Center June 12; Event Includes Special Bull Elk Permit Raffle
If sampling some of the world’s finest bourbons, eating good food and listening to some great bluegrass music sounds like a fun Saturday night for you, then the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation has just what you’re seeking June 12 at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.
Participants also have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for a chance at a coveted Kentucky bull elk hunt this year.
“This has been one of our most popular fundraising events,” said Laurie Davison, director of the Salato Center. "We rely on donations to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation and events like this for much of our funding. It's a great way to support a worthy cause and have fun while you're doing it."
Hosted by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation (a non-profit 501c3 organization) and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Inc. (a non-profit 501c3 organization), the Bourbon Sampler helps raise funds for new exhibits at the Salato Center.
Participants can sample bourbon from eight major Kentucky distilleries, and taste excellent food from area restaurants and caterers, including the Bardstown Dinner Train, Cumberland Brew, Honey Baked Ham, the Frankfort Country Club, Two Peas in a Pod Catering and many more. Foundation board members will supply slow-smoked pork shoulder; the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is pitching 200 pounds of fried catfish. There will be plenty to go around - all for the price of your ticket.
In addition to exceptional food and drink, the award-winning band County Line Bluegrass will provide entertainment throughout the event. Outdoor exhibits will be open for evening viewing while the Salato staff and volunteers will offer free tours and programs. A silent auction will help raise additional funds for the center.
Foundation members will also conduct a live drawing for a 2010 Kentucky bull elk permit. This special permit will allow a hunter to hunt anywhere within the state’s elk restoration zone, with permission from the landowner. The permit also provides the hunter with two weeks instead of one week to gun hunt for a bull elk.
Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the evening. Proceeds from the elk permit drawing will benefit summer conservation camps for Kentucky’s youth.
The 2010 Kentucky Bourbon Festival’s Salato Center Sampler will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will last until 9 p.m. Tickets may be purchased for $55 a person in advance by calling the Kentucky Bourbon Festival at 1-800-638-4877 or (502) 348-3623, visiting their website at www.kybourbonfestival.com, or in person at the Salato Center.
The cost of tickets and silent auction purchases are tax deductible. Tickets may be purchased at the door the night of the event by cash or check only. The event is limited to 500 participants. Thirty-five dollars from every ticket will go to the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the remaining $20 to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Inc. All silent auction proceeds benefit the Salato Center directly.
The Salato Center, a part of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, receives no General Fund tax dollars and is funded by donations to the foundation, by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, and boat registrations. For more information about the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, go online to www.kentuckywildlife.com.
The Salato Center has a variety of native animals for the public to see, including a black bear, bobcats, elk, deer, bison, eagles, snakes and fish. The Center has numerous indoor exhibits and miles of hiking trails open to the public. Fishing is available at two lakes. While some programs may require a registration fee, general admission to the Salato Center is free.
For more information, call 1-800-858-1549, ext. 4445. Learn more about upcoming events at the Salato Center on the Internet at fw.ky.gov. The Salato Center, operated by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, is located at the department’s headquarters on U.S. 60 in Frankfort, 1.5 miles west of U.S. 127. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Center is closed Sundays, Mondays and state holidays.