Frankfort, KY (Sept. 20, 2004) -- The World Chicken Festival celebrates its 15th anniversary September 23-26 in London, near the site in Corbin where Colonel Harlan Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, perfected the “secret recipe of herbs and spices” that made him world-famous.
The festival features over 200 booths, carnival rides, special events, contests, live entertainment and the worlds-largest known stainless steel skillet, serving fried chicken. (For more information call 800-348-0095.)
If you’re not in the mood for chicken, you might want to try Marion County Ham Days September 25-26 in Lebanon. In its 35th year, the event is built around the country ham breakfast, but there’s also a wide variety of music and craft booths, in addition to a parade. (For more information call 270-692-8727.)
Head to the Western part of the state and try Paducah’s 10th Ever Barbecue on the River September 24-25. The annual event is a community charitable event featuring Western Kentucky barbecue, live entertainment, arts and crafts, antiques and collectibles, sidewalk sales and fresh produce at the downtown farmer’s market. (For more information call 800-723-8224.)
The Roots & Heritage Festival in Lexington, isn’t about roots you can eat, but the kind from which family trees grow. The 16th annual festival will be held September 10-26. (For more information call 800-848-1224).
For additional information on festivals and events in the Commonwealth, please visit the Kentucky Department of Tourism’s website at www.kentuckytourism.com or call 800-225-8747 to speak with a travel consultant.
The Kentucky Department of Tourism, an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet, exists to promote The Commonwealth as a travel destination, to generate revenue and create jobs for Kentucky’s economy. Tourism is a $9.3 billion business for Kentucky. It’s the state’s third largest industry and second leading employee.