Kentucky Horse Park
KENTUCKY PROUD HARVEST FESTIVAL

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 01, 2009  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209 ext 209, Cindy.Rullman@ky.gov  


LEXINGTON, KY (September 30, 2009) The Kentucky Horse Park will celebrate the arrival of fall with the second annual Kentucky Proud Harvest Festival on Oct 10-11.

The Kentucky Horse Park held the first tasty and entertaining event promoting Kentucky Proud last fall. Kentucky Proud is a state organization consisting of Kentucky farmers, producers and consumers who have grown and developed agricultural products right out of our very own blue grass. KD’s Homemade Barbeque Sauce will be one of the Kentucky Proud producers returning to the park this year for the festival.

"It was great to have it at the park because we had an outstanding turn out!  It was just a great experience; a lot of people who came out to sample products were tickled to have it at the park. Kentucky proud is really starting to catch on and it was highly beneficial to us to have the Kentucky Horse Park support Kentucky Proud because of the amount of out-of-state consumers that attended. They purchased our product at the festival and are now regular buyers!  We also sell our KD Barbeque Sauce through the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop and it really brings us higher sales and awareness," stated Kevin McKee, owner of KD Homemade BBQ Sauce with wife Tanya McKee.

Kentucky Proud means many things to many people -- delicious blackberry jam, rich-tasting Kentucky country ham, mouth-watering tomatoes and melons, and much more, all produced with the greatest care to offer a special treat to families throughout Kentucky, the nation and the world. So when buyers choose Kentucky Proud products, they’re giving their families the best, and helping their communities by keeping their food dollars at home.

McDowell Farms, one of several vendors attending the festival, will be distributing samples of homemade salsa, chow-chow, pepper jellies and their newest creation, hot toddy apple butter. This is McDowell Farms’ first time participating at the festival but they will be ready to greet Kentuckians and represent Kentucky Proud with the farm’s unique taste.

"I think branding a product with the Kentucky Proud label signifies to the general public that the product is a trusted Kentucky- made delight. We support each other as a state, our fellow farmers and producers. The key goal for Kentucky Proud is to all help each other and we are keeping it in our home state," stated Belinda Fay, owner of McDowell Farms.

Numerous vendors will be at the park selling their home-grown Kentucky specialties and handing out samples of their unique products for tasting as well as live entertainment for park visitors to enjoy. The Kentucky Proud Harvest Festival Oct 10-11 is included with park admission.

For more information please contact Cindy Armstrong at 859-259-4280 or e-mail carmstrong@kyhorsepark.com.  

Park Hours and Rates: From March 15 through October 31, the park is open seven days a week.  Admission is $15, $8 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.  Admission includes the International Museum of the Horse – In Association with the Smithsonian Institution - and the American Saddlebred Museum & Gift Shop.

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The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man's relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet that hosted nearly 900,000 visitors and campers, as well as 15,000 competition horses in more than 100 special events and horse shows in 2008.  The park is home to the National Horse Center which comprises more than 30 national and regional equine organizations.   Located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington, the Kentucky Horse Park is The place to get close to horses.   Open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.