Department of Parks
Tanner Station Frolic Set For Nov. 5 at Blue Licks Battlefield
MOUNT OLIVET, Ky. – Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park is host to the annual Tanner Station Frolic on Nov. 5.
The event is a celebration of the Kentucky flintlock rifle. Now in its fifth year, this premier shooting event is drawing the best traditional flintlock shooters to historic Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park near Mount Olivet.
The competition consists of 10 timed matches with targets ranging from 20 to 200 yards.
The frolic was founded to revitalize shooting skills with a traditional Kentucky rifle used during the Kentucky settlement period. At Tanner Station, modern shooting skills are compared with historical records to see how the best modern shooters stand up to those in the past.
Shooting will begin at 10 a.m. The competition is free for guests to attend, and they can learn more about the history of the area and the flintlock rifle.
The original Tanner Station site was founded by David Tanner in 1784 to protect salt makers as they boiled salt water obtained from a nearby spring. The location is also ¼ mile from the site of the 1782 Battle of Blue Licks, fought between Kentucky militiamen and Native Americans led by the British.
For more information, call 859-289-5507, or toll free at 800-443-7008.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park has a lodge, cottages, campground, Hidden Waters Restaurant, Pioneer Museum and Store, gift shop, miniature golf, picnic areas and hiking trails. The resort is located 45 miles northeast of Lexington off historic Highway 68.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov