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Louisville's annual Hike, Bike & Paddle

Louisville Mayors Labor Day RideIf you don’t know what to do with yourself on your day off of work on Monday, why not participate in the Mayor’s next Healthy Hometown event, the Hike, Bike & Paddle? You can ride your bike 15k then walk 5k and canoe or kayak 3k. I have to say, out of all the triathlon type events around town, this one does sound the most appealing to me. The Hike Bike & Paddle is open to athletes of any level, families, and even dog walkers. 

 If you are interested in participating there are some things you need to know. Participants need to meet at the Great Lawn at the Waterfront by the dancing fountains. The walk starts at 10:00am but there are plenty of warm-up opportunities earlier in the morning. Starting at 8:00am there will be yoga warm-ups on the Waterfront with Taylor MacFarlane of Sunnyside Yoga. Also at 8:00am there will be Tai Chi, Breathing and QiGong Exercises, a Zumba Demo, a hot yoga demo, and an Ashtanga Slow Flow Standing Series with Krist Fulkerson, the owner of Yoga on Baxter. From 8:45am-9:20am they will be offering an Anusara Cool Down class, various classes of Venu Vanaparthy including eye exercises and meditation, Thai Chi, Laugh Yoga, and Fierce Fitness. I would suggest even if you don’t want to participate in the race, to come out early and take advantage of all the free classes! There are some unique classes that I have never heard about, including laughter yoga!  

The hike portion of the walk will start at Waterfront Park and go East toward Beargrass Creek and back to Waterfront Park. Because it is not a race there is a longer option available. You can download both maps on the walk’s website.

The bike portion of the race takes you down into the West side of Louisville to 31st Street, with turn around options available. There are seven water stops along the bike portion and it ends back at the Waterfront.

 The paddle portion begins at Harbor Point at the Waterfront. Boats will be dropped off at 7:30am at the Green parking lot, which is located underneath I-64 at Whitherspoon. Canoes and kayaks will be available to rent from River City Canoe and Kayak. You can find more information on boat rental by calling them at 502-384-3737. The paddle portion will take you through Beargrass Creek, which as Louisvillians know, is not always the cleanest waterway. Pay attention to the Green, Yellow, and Red rating the authorities give the creek that day and take the proper precautions. Metro Louisville’s website gives a safety checklist to look at before you go out on the water, you may want to check it out.  

Monday’s Healthy Hometown event is going to be a lot of fun for the whole family. It’s going to be a no pressure, outdoor adventure, so take advantage of it!  For more information on the event go to the Metro Louisville’s Hike, Bike, & Paddle website at: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/HealthyHometown/HikeandBikeMHHM/.

 

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Labor Day Culture Festivals!

Well it’s Labor Day weekend in Louisville again and that means some exciting celebratory festivals! Two festivals will be going on simultaneously this weekend and both will be offering Louisville’s music and culinary communities something unique to get them going. The Kentucky Bluegrass Music and Burgoo Festival will be held at the Water Tower while WorldFest 2012  is taking over the Belvedere. Both festivals will be offering music, food, and plenty of cultural entertainment that is sure to be high energy and lots of fun.

Burgoo, is a traditional Western Kentucky stew that is relatively unknown outside of Kentucky.  Most burgoo recipes have been handed down through generations of family members and are often kept secret within the family. The most traditional burgoo recipes consist of varmint meat, such as squirrel, possum, or weasel, whatever is available to the cook at the time. Today, most burgoo recipes you will find will be made with chicken or other fowl. Burgoo is a popular meal for impoverished areas of Kentucky, largely because of it’s cheap cost to make. Burgoo is usually made by the gallons, feeding many people in a family or a community for a small amount of money. Some towns in Kentucky have special machines to churn their burgoo and appointed burgoo chefs in charge of cooking it. Burgoo is taken very seriously in many parts of Kentucky and is often challenged in Burgoo contests.

The 7th annual Kentucky Bluegrass Music and Burgoo Festival will give you a chance to try some delicious burgoo made from local BBQ joints like Frankfort Avenue Beer Depot and some out of town guests like Tony’s Barbeque of Lawrenceburg. Traditional barbeque fare, such as pulled pork and BBQ ribs, will also be served along with customary festival foods. The music at this year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than any year before. The band Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, winners of three International Bluegrass Music Awards, will be headlining the festival. Ten other bands will be playing throughout the festival including Newfound Road, Hog Operation, Hickory & Friends, and local favorite, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys.

WorldFest 2012 will also be going on across town at the Belvedere. WordFest is a celebration of Louisville’s cultural diversity. The three day festival will offer food, music, dance, art and much more cultural education from a variety of countries. There will be three stages set up with performances ongoing throughout the festival. Native cuisines will be represented from all over the World. Be ready to sample plenty of new foods, like those from Germany, Ethiopia, Jamaica, and Thailand. On Sunday, the second day of the festival, there will be a Parade of the Cultures, where you can see representatives from nearly every country. Music, dance, clothing, and other artists from the countries will be part of the parade. There are a variety of opportunities for children to participate in activities and learn about the various cultures throughout the weekend. WorldFest is going to be a great event!
This Labor Day Weekend is filled with amazing things to do with the community so get out there and celebrate! For date and ticket information on either festival, go to:
http://www.louisvilleky.gov/MetroParks/specialevents/WorldFest/ for WorldFest or
http://kentuckybluegrassfestival.com/ for the Kentucky Bluegrass and Music Festival.

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Louisville Church Architecture

Louisville’s incredible historic architecture is often overlooked by the city’s visitors and residents.  Downtown Louisville holds some of the most unique historic buildings and has over 200 listings on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Louisville neighborhood is home to the largest assembly of Victorian mansions in the country and  Louisville is only second to New York City’s SoHo in cast iron architecture. The churches, however, are the most overlooked architecture in Louisville, and are ironically some of the most impressive and elaborate architecture the city has to offer.

Louisville Church ArchitectureUntil recently, I was one of those Louisville residents that didn’t pay too much attention to the churches in our city. Like many residents, I pass by these churches every day as part of my daily routine, and although they will catch my attention, my busy brain will quickly regain my focus on other things. This past weekend, I attended a good friend’s wedding that took place at St. James Church in the Highlands. The church is located at the intersection of Bardstown Road and Edenside, an intersection that I’m sure many of you have passed by a thousand times. I live two blocks away from the church, have passed by the gigantic and impressive structure a thousand times, and until Saturday had never really looked at it before. Even from the outside, before taking one step in, I was in awe. The main church building was strong and understated, a beautiful yellow orange stone color with a large stained glass window. The steeple disappeared in to the sky. It‘s massive height brought on a protective and calming tone. When we walked inside the church, the pale pinks and blues that filled the walls made me feel like I walked in to a painting of a sunset. The dome ceiling was grand and the detail in the stained glass and sculptured walls were amazing. At the center of the dome was a stained glass eye, which at first was quite jolting, but after some time became centering. It is hard to believe that I have walked by this church so many times without knowing what incredible beauty was inside. 

My friend’s wedding made me question where else in our city hidden beauty lies, and where else I could be passing it by. Old Louisville is home to over 20 historic churches that hold intricate stained glass, paintings, and sculptures, so I think I will start there.
 
Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest church building that is still standing in Louisville. This church still has it’s original tiffany glass stained glass windows.
 
The First Church of Christ Scientist is built with native Kentucky limestone.

St. Josephs Catholic Church is a gothic style church located in Butchertown. The twin spires are a recognizable marker of this church.

St. Martin of Tours is one of the most authentically German churches in Louisville. The skeletal remains of two martyrs line the alter.

The First Unitarian Church offers unique architecture in that it combines the new with the old.  After suffering through two fires in 1872 and 1873, part of the church was rebuilt with glass and steel, blending the contemporary with traditional.
  
Calvary Episcopal Church was built with  Indiana and Peewee Valley limestone. The architect of the church also designed the entrance to Cave Hill Cemetery.

This is just a little information on a few of the many churches in our city. I recommend peeking in to the next church you pass by and you will probably see something special that you didn’t expect!

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Maker’s Mark “Red Headed Pub Crawl” part of this FAT Friday

If you love bourbon or are just looking for something fun to do this Friday night, look no further, the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop is going to be a blast.  Not only is the trolley hop always filled with good deals, amazing art, and endless entertainment, but this month’s hop has a special twist.  This FAT Friday is adding a “Red Headed Pub Crawl” to the night, a Makers Mark themed crawl complete with free red wigs. In addition to the normal stops on the FAT Friday roster, this Friday will feature special Makers Mark drink specials at bars and restaurants along Frankfort Avenue, but there is a catch. The only participants eligible for the specials must be wearing the red wigs that will be available at the 12 participating businesses along the hop.  

In addition to the excellent businesses that are normally part of the trolley hop and the restaurants and bars participating in the Makers Mark drink specials, there will be some unique opportunities for you bourbon enthusiasts to take part in. 

The Comfy Cow will host retired President of Makers Mark, Bill Samuels Jr., for a ceremonial dipping of a waffle cone in red chocolate. The event is scheduled to start at 6pm at the Comfy Cow which is located at 2221 Frankfort Ave. 

You can follow Samuels after the dipping, to the Wine Rack, where he will be signing bottles of Makers Mark and Makers 46. The Wine Rack will also be hosting tastings of both Makers Mark and Makers 46 along with different cheeses. The bourbon  tastings are scheduled for 6pm- 8pm and Bill Samuels Jr. is scheduled to be signing bottles from 6:30pm-8pm. The Wine Rack is located at 2632 Frankfort Ave.

If you are looking for something a little more family friendly, don’t worry, there are plenty of options. Margaret’s Consignment will have live entertainment and offer a 10% discount on red items in the store. Margaret’s Consignment is located at 2700 Frankfort Ave.

Third Lutheran Church is going to have tons of stuff for the kids. The church is hosting a “Back to School Bash” complete with a bouncy house, junk food, and games and special guest entertainment, “Fermata NoWhere” Adeline Quartet is set to perform.  The celebration is set for 6pm- 8pm at 1864 Frankfort Ave.

A Readers Corner at 2044 Frankfort Ave. will offer a 20% off discount on all non-sale merchandise to all redheads. Refreshments will be offered and from 7pm-9pm will host an actor and musician from “The Lost City of Abstractus.” 

This Friday’s Trolley Hop is going to be exceptionally fun.  It is a great chance to support your local businesses while having an amazing time. You can pick up your red wigs at Work the Metal, Eyedia, A Readers Corner Bookstore, Just Creations, Peacock Boutique, Urban Farmhouse, Elizabeth’s Timeless Attire, Sister Dragonfly, Margaret’s Consignment, Crescent Hill Trading, and Bayly Boutique.  For more information on where you can get on a trolley or any other questions on the FAT Friday Trolley Hop, go to www.fatfridayhop.org.

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Louisville Lush Will Change The Way You Drink And Dine

Listen up Louisvillians, there’s an app for your smart phone that you need to know about. If you haven’t added “Louisville Lush” to your list of go to apps, hurry up and download it now. Louisville Lush is free and offers a one stop location identifying all the best deals on food and drinks around town.

With so many excellent restaurants and bars in Louisville, it is often hard to decide where to go to dinner or grab drinks. This relatively new app makes decision making a little easier, because now you can limit your options by seeing who is offering the best deals that night. 

The app uses your location to centralize the restaurants around you. On the front page of the app you see the three main categories that the app is broken down into; “Happening Now,” “Later this week,” and “Neighborhood."   At any point in the day you can click on the “Happening Now” section and see deals going on. I found three restaurants at 10:30am offering food and beverage deals. This section came in handy just the other night when my friends and I were trying to decide where to go for dinner and drinks. We looked up what deals were going on and found that Dragon Kings Daughter was offering $3.00 off bottles of wine. It ended up being perfect.

The “Later This Week” section is extremely helpful when you are trying to make plans in advance. This weekend in Louisville there are over 300 restaurants with food and beverage deals listed on Louisville Lush! If you don’t have the app yet, I will let you in on some of the deals for this weekend so you can get a taste of what the app shares:

Friday Night

60 West Bistro in St. Matthews is having half priced bottles of wine.

Napa River Grille in the East End is having Half-Priced bottles of wine and drink and appetizer specials

Makers Mark Bourbon House Downtown is offering $5.00 select bourbon, cosmos, and desserts, and $5.00 off all entrees.

Saturday Night

Boombozz Pizza in Clifton is offering half priced appetizers, $1.99 bottles of beer, and $2.99 draft beers.

Havana Rumba in St. Matthews is offering $1.00 off all sandwiches.

The Back Door in the Highlands is offering $2.50 wells, $6.50/ domestic pitcher  and $2.50/ domestic pints, Imports are $1 off a pitcher and $0.75 pints.

Louisville Lush’s third section for searching the great deals around town is by “neighborhood.”  This is a great way to see all the restaurants in a particular area that offer deals any day of the week. 

If you need to save a few bucks and want to know how to dine on the cheap, or if you just want to be at the hippest happy hours, Louisville Lush is what you need to stay in the loop. Everyone loves a good dollar beer and half priced wine night, so why not be in the know of who is given up the goods? 

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Be Prepared For the Zombies!

This year I am going to be prepared for the zombies! If you live in the Highlands you know what I’m talking about, and if you are going to be anywhere near the Highlands this Wednesday night, you are going to be thankful that you read this blog before you traveled to the area. It seems like every year I either forgot about the Zombie Walk, or I didn’t know it existed. I always end up driving in my car, staring at someone in a zombie costume, shocked, scared, or legitimately freaked out staring at someone walking in my neighborhood with blood running out of their mouth. This Wednesday night at 8:29 will mark this years Zombie Attack Walk and I suggest you be prepared. Bardstown Road and the Highlands will be filled with people dressed up in “Night of the Living Dead” wears. Their goal? To stop traffic, create chaos and freak out as many passerbys as possible.

This year’s walk is hoping to be bigger and better than ever. Walk creators John King, Mike Welch, and Lyndi Lou started the Walk as a birthday celebration and never dreamed that it would have picked up the popularity that it has. Now a hipster Summer staple event in Louisville, they hope to break the World record for the largest zombie walk in the world. This year’s walk will be longer than ever before. The walk will start at Mid City Mall at the traditional time of 8:29 on 8/29.  There will be a pre-party at the Back Door Bar and Grille beginning at 8:00pm. This year, the walk has a new end point, the Monkey Wrench. The Monkey Wrench will be hosting a huge party with live entertainment, awards, drinks and more. The Va Va Vixens, Squeezebot, OK Zombie, and other artists will perform.  Lots of awards will be given out too for the best zombie costumes. The hottest zombie award, grossest zombie award, king and queen zombie awards and the golden machete awards will be handed out at the Monkey Wrench at 10:30pm, so make sure you put some thought in to your zombie costumes.
   
If dressing up like a zombie is not your thing, you may want to go out on Bardstown Road and check out all the chaos.  Free tee shirts and other giveaways will be handed out and the sights are sure to be entertaining.

The Zombie Attack Walk is just one of those unique things that makes Louisville the great city that it is. I have to admit, it might be a little obnoxious for a few hours Wednesday night to have to deal with my two-year-old son freaking out every time a zombie walks in front of our house, but I guess that’s just part of the beauty of living in the Highlands. I know many people have mixed views on the Zombie Walk, but the way I see it is that it’s great that we live in a city where artists and fans can express themselves publicly, and for those who disagree, well its only for one night, so deal with it.

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Just a Few More Tuesdays Left for Front Porch Tuesdays

The Highlands is a neighborhood that appeals to the lover of the outdoors. Whether you prefer to read your book on the porch or would rather let your kids play in the back yard than inside, the Highlands neighborhood is the right community for you. With several public parks close by including the renowned Cherokee Park in the Highlands center, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and enjoy the Kentucky air. Cherokee Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, and encompasses 409 acres of beautiful land which includes a 2.4 mile loop for dog walking, running, or biking. Cherokee Park also offers a golf course, playgrounds, recreation areas, mountain bike trails, and some of the best sledding in town!   I recently moved to the Highlands and have absolutely loved every second of life in this urban neighborhood.
 
One of my favorite things about the Highlands that I didn’t know about before I became a resident is “Front Porch Tuesdays.” This program was created in 2005 by Tom Owen to help bring communities in District 8 together. Usually for two weeks in May, one Tuesday the odd number streets will have the even houses over, and the following week they will switch. Neighbors are encouraged to meet and mingle.

My street, like many others in the Highlands has taken Front Porch Tuesdays to another level, making it a weekly, or bi-weekly event during the warm months of the year. It is really just an excuse for the adults to get together and have a few glasses of wine and lettting all of the neighborhood kids run around in the yard and tire themselves out just in time for bed. Not only do we look forward to these Tuesday nights because they are a great time, but they give us a chance to have mini  neighborhood meetings. We make sure nothing has happened crime wise on the block, and it is always a good idea to keep in touch with our neighbors. Moving in to a new house and not knowing anyone in the neighborhood, Front Porch Tuesday was an amazing way for our family to quickly bond with the neighbors. We were able to meet everyone in our community, in a relaxed setting, and because Front Porch Tuesdays are frequent on our street, we were able to see them often. This was an unbelievable introduction to our new neighborhood. Without Front Porch Tuesdays, we would never know what great neighbors we have and would not have the many great memories that we have already made in the short time we have lived in our new house.

Whether you live in the Highlands or not, I could not recommend higher, the Front Porch Tuesday model. Not only meeting the neighbors, but spending time with them and getting to know them can add so much enjoyment to your life. In just a  few short months my next door neighbors have become like family and it is wonderful. We are looking forward to many more Front Porch Tuesdays to come.

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Brew at the Zoo

This weekend you will have the chance to drink all the beer you want while roaming among elephants, lions, and giraffes. The Louisville Zoo’s annual Brew at the Zoo takes place this Saturday August 25th and is sure to be a roaring good time. 

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and plant yourself in the large field where the band 100% Poly will be playing 70’s and 80’s inspired music for your entertainment.  More than thirty local and regional breweries will be at the Zoo offering many varieties of beer and wine and with your ticket price covering all the beer you can drink, you could potentially try them all! Nearly Forty local restaurants will be offering delicious specialties to indulge your taste buds and help soak up some of that alcohol. For those of you not drinking or for the lucky one that gets to drive home, they will have non-alcoholic options for you.  

Brew at the Zoo is only open to visitors 21 and over, with no exceptions.  Festivities begin Saturday evening at 4:00pm and end at 9:00pm. Individual tickets are $45.00, and designated driver tickets are $30.00. V.I.P tickets are $89.00. Individual ticket prices include the entertainment, all you can drink beer and wine, food, and 5oz mug. VIP ticket extras include a tee shirt, separate entrance to the zoo, VIP tasting glass, access to VIP tent which includes special brews, food, and private restrooms. The VIP ticket pretty much means no lines, easier access to bathrooms and more food. Tickets can be bought online at http://www.louisvillezoo.org/brew. Get your tickets quick because I’m sure its going to sell out. 

Louisville, and Kentucky as a region has some great beer. Some of the breweries that will be represented at Brew at the Zoo are Against the Grain Brewery, Arcadia Brewery, Boston Beer Company, Bluegrass Brewing Company, Crispin Cider, Brooklyn Brewery, Cumberland Brewery, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Falls City Beer, Green Flash Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewery, Left Hand Brewery, Magic Hat Brewing Company, New Albanian Brewing Company, Rogue Ales, Schiner Beers, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, Upland Brewing Company, and Wyder’s Cider.

Some great local restaurants will be serving food at Brew at the Zoo as well. Some of the local fare will be from Kern’s Kitchen, Mark’s Feed Store, RiRa Irish Pub, Roosters, The Irish Rover, The Monkey Wrench, and Za’s Pizza. 

Menage A Troi, Best Vineyards, 14 hands, Columbia Crest, Primal Roots, Relax, Ruffino, Thorny Rose and Beringer Founder’s Estate will be the Vineyards supplying the wine for the event. There will also be water and local coffee from VINT, Sunergos, and Heine Brothers. 

Brew at the Zoo is all about fun and flavor; music, good eats and good beer. The event gives adults an excuse to go to one of their favorite childhood places and play again, although now with adult beverages. I recommend Brew at the Zoo highly as a night out of fancy free fun. I must say however, to drink and play responsibly…

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Yew Dell and the Hummingbird Festival

The Summer may be winding down but that doesn’t mean you need to be spending less time outdoors. In fact, I think that these days heading in to the Fall months are some of the best days to plan your outdoor adventures. One of Oldham County’s gems, and a Nationally-recognized center for gardening and horticulture is Yew Dell. If you live in Oldham County or anywhere in the Louisville area, the Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is an excellent place for a day trip where you can bring the whole family or bring a couple of friends and explore some options for your home garden.

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Preservation Project of the Garden Conservatory which is a national non-profit that helps preserve the Nation’s most impressive gardens. Yew Dell is full of beautiful gardens and sustainable horticulture. They offer educational programs, display gardens, community events that cater towards families, private event facilities, and ongoing research into new and better gardening plants and techniques.  

Yew Dell is constantly changing with the times and making sure that they are up to date with the most recent technology. They recently announced that in honor of their 10th anniversary they will be adding a collection of new horticulture facilities. The project will include a new solar/geothermal greenhouse complete with a green roof, plant growing and propagation space, and a teaching and workshop space with room for modest exhibits. There will also be unique production facilities for fall/winter vegetable research evaluation work. Yew Dell plans to build an all-encompassing facility, combining evaluation fields for vegetable and ornamental crops and updated container production facilities. If this is all mumbo jumbo to you, I understand, but the bottom line is that Yew Dell is doing some really cool stuff in the world of gardening and sustainable horticulture and it is right in Oldham County waiting for you to visit.  

Yew Dell offers ongoing classes and events that will appeal to almost everyone. Saturday August 25 is the Hummingbird Festival at Yew Dell. The Hummingbird Festival will give you the rare opportunity to view hummingbirds up close and learn all about these fascinating birds. There will be kids activities, hummingbird plants for sale, and refreshments available. It is sure to be a unique event and a great time. Sunday August 26 is Children in the Dell. An ongoing class at Yew Dell, this class is open to children ages 5-12 and gives them the opportunity to learn about gardening, the woods, hiking, and everything outdoors, straight from the experts. The class starts at 10:30am and is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. Check with the website, Yew Dell Gardens, for more date and time information.

Not only are there many classes available at Yew Dell, but there are a variety of tours and programs too. Yew Dell has so much to offer everyone, even beyond the gardener, chef, outdoorsmen, artist, or eco-friendly builder. It is places like Yew Dell that make Oldham County and the Louisville area such an amazing place to call home.

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Louisville IRONMAN 2012

For one day a year, Louisville opens it’s roads and the Ohio River to the fittest and most impressive athletes around. Louisville drivers beware, the roads all around town will be a mess, and travel times will be doubled because this Sunday Louisville will host the 2012 IRONMAN. It will however be all worth the travel troubles, because the IRONMAN is an exciting athletic event that brings with it lots of perks for our city.  

 If you are participating in the IRONMAN, you have known about the impending race for months, and have probably been training for longer than that. The IRONMAN consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. It sounds insane right?  I have the utmost respect for the IRONMAN triathletes. Any athlete that can finish the race, let alone come in one of the top finishing places is incredible in my book.  

 There are plenty of places to watch the race and cheer on the athletes. The IRONMAN takes the participants all over the Louisville area, from Downtown Louisville, to LaGrange to South Louisville at Churchill Downs and back to the center of downtown. Competitors begin the race on the banks of the Ohio River with a timed trial swim. The timed trial is a unique feature to the Louisville IRONMAN that is not normally part of other IRONMAN races. Participants will jump in to the river on a first come first serve basis, one by one, to begin their swims. They will exit and begin their transitions at the Great Lawn at the Waterfront. Next is the bike section, which will take the athletes through a scenic ride in Oldham and Henry Counties. Bikers will have to handle sections of rolling hills and flat lands, but will have views of beautiful Kentucky horse farms and neighborhoods to ease the ride.  The 26.2 mile run will take the participants through the University of Louisville campus and past Churchill Downs in South Louisville. The finish line will be a celebration filled with cheering fans at Fourth Street Live in the heart of Downtown Louisville.  

The IRONMAN will offer 50 age group qualifying slots to the 2012 World Championship in Hawaii. That race will take place October 13of this year in Kailau-Kona. The top male and female finishers of that race will share a prize purse of $25,000. Registration is open now for the 2012 Louisville IRONMAN, so if you still need to register, you can go to Louisville IRONMAN.

Last year’s Louisville IRONMAN was a terrible reminder, just how dangerous extreme athletics can be. Just 8 minutes into the swim portion of the race, 46-year-old Mark Wezka suffered a heart attack and never regained consciousness. Wezka’s death is a reminder that we should never take our bodies for granted. I love to watch these triathlons, and marvel at the strength and hard work of the athletes involved, but we need to remember the risks associated with the sport as well. Most adult triathletes are smart about their bodies, but for young, up and comers, in a society where being number one is considered best, we might want to start teaching that being healthy and number two might not be so bad. 

I will be cheering on the Ironmen and Ironwomen this weekend from the comfort of my home and wherever I can walk to. I will be avoiding the streets and suggest you do the same. I suggest using it as an excuse to have a relaxing day at home and leave the hard work to the triathletes for the day.

 

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Best of Louisville

We look forward to it every year. We consider the entire field, narrow down our selections and then choose the one we think is best. But we aren’t content to trust just our own instincts. We also ask our friends who they like, and we wonder who the experts will pick. When this time rolls around each year, we can hardly wait to see who wins.

And we’re not even talking about the Kentucky Derby! No, each summer Louisville home owners look to see who our town has chosen as this year’s “Best of Louisville” in any number of different categories. The Best of Louisville competition, sponsored by Louisville Magazine, has featured the best of everything around town for 27 years now. But this year, not only did the magazine’s readers and editors have their say, a panel of local experts in the areas under review — music, food, architecture and development — were consulted for their opinions as well.

To get the skinny on who finished first in every category, check out the magazine’s July issue. But for the bottom line on some of the best spots in Derby city for dining, we have the winners right here.

Best of Louisville – Readers’ Choice:

New Restaurant — Garage Bar and Harvest (tie)

Favorite Restaurant — Jack Fry’s

Outdoor Dining — Captain’s Quarter’s

Breakfast Spot — Wild Eggs

Swanky Bar — Proof on Main

Coffee Shop — Quill’s Coffee

Ice Cream Parlor — Graeter’s

Karaoke — Akiko’s

Best of Louisville – Experts’ Choice:

Mexican Restaurant — Guaca Mole Cocina Mexicana and Mayan Café

Asian Restaurant — NamNam Café

Italian Restaurant — Coals Artisan Pizza

Soul Food — Charim Korean

New Restaurant — Decca

Dessert Menu — Sweet Surrender

Restaurant Atmosphere — Jack Fry’s

Hamburger — Bluegrass Burgers

One of the nation’s top cities for dining out, Louisville boasts hundreds of wonderful, eclectic places to eat. And now that Louisville’s home owners – as well as the experts – have spoken, this year's “best” is a sure bet.

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Fountain Court Design Contest

Calling all artists, architects, or historic building lovers, we have a contest for you. Old Louisville is looking for a new entrance to mark one of it’s most well-known communities and it’s calling on you to design it. The Fountain Court Design Competition is being sponsored by the South Fourth Street Historic District Neighborhood Association and they are eager to give their entrance an overhaul. Fountain Court appears beyond two large apartment buildings and is home to impressive Victorian homes and apartments. The current entrance in drab and boring, explaining nothing about the vibrancy of the community or the history of the neighborhood. Designers might have a tougher time than they think, as the project is more complex than it seems. The entrance that will be chosen as the winner must be visually appealing while keeping the historical relevance of the area in mind.  

If you are interested in entering the contest, there are some things you need to know. The contest will happen in two stages. First, you must submit your design qualifications. A short list of designers will be considered and up to three with be chosen to create a concept design for the Fountain Court entrance. Each of these participants will receive $500, and the winning designer will receive an additional $500 with their design coming to life. Now listen up, because this is important, designers must incorporate themes and elements from the historic Southern Exposition that ran from 1883-1887 on the site of St. James and Fountain Courts. For more information on submitting your designs, deadlines or anything else, contact the South Fourth Street Neighborhood Association at www.sfourth.org. 

Fountain Court is just one of the beautiful walking courts that fill Old Louisville. Belgravia Court and Fountain Court are the two walking courts that hold the largest and most expansive Victorian homes in the neighborhood. St. James Court, although open to both pedestrians and automobiles, epitomizes Old Louisville’s architecture and history. The Conrad-Caldwell House and “The Pink Palace” are two well-known and immaculate Victorian homes built in 1908 and 1891 respectively. The Conrad-Caldwell House was a residence and now a museum, while the “Pink Palace” used to be Old Louisville’s gentleman’s club and casino. Pedestrian courts and their history add to Old Louisville’s uniqueness. These courts were originally designed to add to the city’s park-like setting. Within an urban setting, green space is abundant. Once you walk into one of the courts, serenity ensues. The courts, including St. James, offer a special way of living that is unique to Louisville. The magnificent architecture, historical mansions and tree-lined streets and gardens make Old Louisville a special place to live or visit. In Old Louisville you will find the largest assembly of Victorian mansions in the Country. Other styles of homes in Old Louisville include Italianate, Renaissance Revival/Georgian Revival, Richardsonian Romanesque, Queen Anne, Tudor, Beaux Arts, and many more. 

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Fundraiser for Governors School for The Arts

If you are like me you love a good night out of Jazz music and cocktails. Until recently, I thought Louisville was devoid of any real Jazz and a stable Jazz music community, and boy was I wrong. I realized that I was looking in all the wrong places. Both the University of Louisville and Bellarmine have amazing Jazz programs that produce excellent young musicians. The artists that come out of these programs entertain audiences throughout Louisville. After The Jazz Factory closed it’s doors in 2008, the Louisville Jazz community was left with no home for Jazz nightlife. Jazz music now, is heard mainly in restaurants, bars, the radio, and at special events. 

 Saturday night August 18, Jazz music will be featured at a fundraiser for Kentucky’s Governor’s School for the Arts. Any middle or high school student that is interested in the arts will tell you how important the Governor’s School for the Arts is to them. The school gives talented adolescents a chance to advance their craft in a way that most other artist their age would never get the chance. The audition process is grueling and competitive and when you are accepted it means you are the best of the best.  The fundraiser will feature three local Jazz legends, Zach Brock on Violin, Harry Pickens on Piano, and Ben Sollee on Cello. A group of Jazz musician GSA alums will also join the headliners on stage. The annual fundraiser will take place at the Bomhard Theatre at the Kentucky Center for the Arts at 7:30pm on Saturday. Tickets are $30 and are available online at the following link:

http://www.kentuckycenter.org/Events/25th-Anniversary-GSA-Alumni-Showcase/9260#tab-performances.

 No matter what day of the week, you can usually find some good Jazz music somewhere in the city if you know where to look. The Louisville Jazz Society’s website is very helpful, and I suggest you check it out before making dinner reservations.  Restaurants that regularly have live Jazz music include, Varanese, Vincenzo’s, Mozz, Jack Fry’s, and Eddie Merlot’s Steakhouse. VoJazz, Bobby Faulk Group, Jeff Sherman Trio, and Steve Crews Solos are just some of the many acts that perform on a weekly basis around town. Live music adds so much to a night out, whether it is a dinner, drinks, or a show in a club. I love that Louisville’s Jazz community is thriving but I still wish we had a nightclub dedicated to Jazz music and even the blues as well. Louisville has a rich history with Jazz and Jazz clubs, and it would be nice to bring that history back to life. 

 

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Foxhollow Farm…Support Your Local Farmer!

As the Summer winds down and the school year is beginning, my family is hurrying to finish our list of Summer to-do’s and outside adventures.   My husband and I are ripping up our brick patio and getting ready to put down a wood deck, enlisting help from the neighborhood kids.  All the parents in the neighborhood love us because their children all sleeping soundly from hauling load after load of bricks from one end of our backyard to another.  Other end of summer activities include a canoe trip this weekend and a trip to Foxhollow Farm.

 Foxhollow Farm is located in Crestwood, Kentucky which is in Northeast Louisville in Oldham County.  Crestwood is full of farmland, but the Foxhollow Farm is unique.  The farm is made up of 1,300 acres of  farmland and woods that is open to the public.  There are guided tours for groups or families, or the hiking trails can be walked at your leisure.  You can also have the opportunity to tour the land with the farm’s proprietor to learn about the farm’s bio-dynamic agriculture straight from the person who set it all up.  Hayrides and private lessons such as canning are also available at the farm.  

 Foxhollow believes in bio-dynamic agriculture. For those of you who don’t know what that means, bio-dynamic agriculture is a lot like organic farming, but takes it a step further.  Both organic and bio-dynamic methods wont use chemical fertilizers or pesticides in the production of their produce.  Foxhollow raises cows and sells grass-fed beef. The cows eat high quality grass with no pesticides and the farm uses no antibiotics or growth hormones.  Bio-dynamics, like the method used at Foxhollow Farm takes organic farming even a step further, and uses prepared sprays made from organic matter such as compost, herbs, and quartz crystal. These sprays bring nutrients to the soil and increase sustainability on the farm. 

I learned a lot more information about grass fed beef, while researching Foxhollow Farm that I never knew before.  Foxhollow believes in grass-fed beef’s heath benefits over grain-fed beef.  Some of these benefits are that grass fed beef is lower in calories and saturated fat, higher in Viatmin A, Vitamin E, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and Protein. I always knew that grass-fed beef was tastier, but I was unaware that it was healthier.  

Aside from the bio-dynamic aspect to the farm, Foxhollow is a great place to go and explore on a nice day.  Whether you want to take the kids to run around, or if you just want to get some fresh air, Foxhollow is a beautiful place to get out relax, and get some great produce.  Take a walk by the garden, hike through the walking trails, or make a picnic in the field, spend the day outdoors.  There is a café and grocery store so you can stay for lunch and load up on some local seasonal produce.  Don’t forget about Foxhollow around Halloween time, they will have bio-dynamic pumpkins! Support your local farmer, and remember that local produce is the best and most delicious produce there is!

 

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Music at the Kentucky State Fair

This years Kentucky State Fair begins Thursday August 16 so get your cowboy hats ready and place your boots by the door because the annual bluegrass tradition is right around the corner. This year’s fair will have new delicious treats to indulge in, exceptional agriculture and livestock from around the state, and thrilling rides that will leave you screaming for more. My favorite part of every Kentucky State Fair is treating myself to all the greasy, fried, and insanely sweet foods that I want. Some of the new delectable delights this year include fried girl scout cookies and deep fried cherry kool-aid. One aspect of the fair that never disappoints and keeps audiences coming back year after year are the concerts.

This year’s line-up of bands is top-knotch. With 14 major concerts spread over the 11 nights of the fair, visitors will have many opportunities to see some of their favorite artists. Although country music makes up the majority of the roster, there are classic rock, R&B, pop metal, contemporary Christian, and indie rock bands performing as well.

             The line-up begins with a bang:

Thursday August 16th: Hank Williams Junior, George Thorogood, and The Destroyers. The concert is at 8:00pm at Freedom Hall. Tickets are $39 and $49.

Thursday August 16th: Cinderella, Sebastian Bach. The concert is at 8:00pm at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium and is FREE Friday August 17th: Journey, Pat Benatar, Loverboy. The concert is at 8:00pm at Freedom Hall. Tickets are $42 and $52.

Friday August 17th: Keith Sweat, Robbie Bartlett. The concert is at 8:00pm at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are FREE.

Saturday August 18th: Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Edens Edge. The concert is at 7:30pm at Freedom Hall. Tickets are $49 and $60.

Saturday August 18th: Hot Chelle Rae, Neon Hitch. The concert is at 8:00pm at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are FREE.

Sunday August 19th: Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmmy Fortune. The Concert is at 8:00pm at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are FREE.

Monday August 20th: Newsboys, Sanctus Real. The concert is at 8:00pm at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are FREE.

Tuesday August 21th: Ronnie Milsap, B.J Thomas. The concert is at 8:00pm at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are FREE.

Wednesday August 22th: Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line. The concert is at 8:00pm at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are FREE.

Thursday August 23th: The Turtles, The Grass Roots, Gary Puckett, The Buckinghams, Micky Dolenz. The concert is at 8:00pm at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are FREE.

Friday August 24th: Young the Giant, We Barbarians. The concert is at 8:00pm at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are FREE.

Saturday August 25th: Justin Moore, Colt Ford. The concert is at 8:00pm at Cardinal Stadium. Tickets are FREE.

Sunday August 26th: The Band Perry, NeedtoBreathe. This closing concerti begins at 7:30 at Freedom Hall. Tickets are $35 and $45.

The line up of bands this year is great, even including some local artist among some of the bigger names. There will also be smaller concerts going on throughout the fair. At last year’s fair I saw some impressive bluegrass under the barbeque tent. Kentucky has a great culture and we share that in our music, I recommend getting out to the fair and experiencing music with a diverse Kentucky audience.

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LGBT Film Festival Back for 2nd Year

One of the things that makes Louisville such an amazing city is it’s rich diversity.  Walking down Bardstown Road in the Highlands you see people from all walks of life mingling together in a web of socio- economic, racial, and preferential differences.  It is hard for many to believe that a city in the middle of Kentucky can be so open-minded, artistically driven, and full of talent.  Of course, like any big city, there are those people who spoil the overall attitude, but on the whole, Louisville is a progressive town.  This weekend is proof that we are all moving forward in that we are happy to be hosting the LGBT Film Festival.  

For the second year in a row the Louisville will be hosting the Festival August 16th through August 19th.  Last year, the festival was held at the Clifton Center, but it has since outgrown it’s old home and moved to the University of Louisville campus. Over 100 Films were screened for this years festival, ensuring that the films picked for the three day festival will not disappoint the viewers. 

 The festival will include 48 films that somehow incorporate being or being affected by being gay, transgender, bisexual, or lesbian. This year’s festival has several special guests, including country music singer Chely Wright.  Wright appears in “Wish Me Away,” a documentary about her coming out as a lesbian in 2010. Wright will also stay for a question and answer session after the screening of the film on Sunday at 2pm.  Wright has been open in the past about her struggles with coming out as a gay woman and the hardships she has faced because of it.  The documentary is sure to be a raw and candid look into her life that many people will be able to relate to.

Wright is not the only star that is coming to the festival, Natalie West stars in the feature film “Nate and Margaret” and will be at the festival answering questions along with her co-star Tyler Ross, after the screening.  West is most well known for her role as Crystal Anderson-Connor on Roseanne. 

There will be six, two-hour sessions a day of films at the festival this weekend for a total of 18 sessions. The LGBT Film Festival has grown incredibly since last year, and the audience is responding extremely positively according to LGBT officers. 

There will be a kick-off party for those interested, Thursday the16th from 7pm-11pm at Red Barn which is located on the University of Louisville campus.  The party is Prohibition themed, so 1920’s costumes are recommended and jazz music and old fashioneds can be expected.   Weekend passes to the films and Question and answer sessions are $30 dollars or $15 for students. There are a limited number of VIP tickets left that can get you in to a meet and greet with Chely Wright that is happening Saturday at 7:30pm.  For more information go to louisvillelgbtfilmfest.com or their Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Louisville-LGBT-Film-Festival.

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It's Kentucky State Fair Time

It’s that time of year again! It’s August, the kids are heading back to school, and Louisville is abuzz with excitement as people from all over the commonwealth flock to Derby City - not for a thoroughbred race this time, but for a wide variety of fun activities and competitions known as the Kentucky State Fair. And it’s not just folks from the far reaches of Kentucky who come in to soak up the fun. Thousands of people right here in town are happy to celebrate the Kentucky State Fair during the waning days of summer with the best in state fair festivities.

From Aug. 16 – 26, the place to be is the Kentucky Exposition Center at 937 Phillips Lane which is at the junction of I-65 and I-264 in Louisville. Gates open at 7 a.m. each day and the exhibit buildings open at 9 a.m. The Thrillway, which is home to all the rides that kids of all ages enjoy, begins at either noon or 2 p.m. depending on the day, and the festivities wrap up at 10 p.m. Check out the state fair website for more details. With over 1 million square feet of climate-controlled indoor exhibit space as well as all of the outdoor adventures, you’ll want to come early and stay late to experience it all.

Always a draw, the World’s Championship Horse Show is back for its much anticipated appearance. In Kentucky, we don’t just race horses; we revel in them in every possible way. This horse show puts all the majesty and power of these beautiful animals on display. Of course, that’s not the only horse show. There’s also the Quarter Horse Show, Miniature Horse Show and 4-H Horse Show.

Another major attraction is the Kentucky State Fair Main Stage Series featuring some of the best musical talent around. Come see Hank Williams, Sr. and George Thorogood on Aug. 16; Journey, Pat Benatar and Loverboy on Aug. 17; Rascal Flatts on Aug. 18 or The Band Perry on Aug. 26. While these concerts will cost you anywhere from $35 - $52, there are also a number of free shows you can take in. Keith Sweat, the Oak Ridge Boys, Ronnie Milsap, Jake Owen, Justin Moore and several others will amaze crowds for no charge at all.

Of course, lots of people flock to the fair for the competitions. When it comes to livestock, you can’t beat the head-to-head competition over dairy cattle, beef cattle, boar goats, dairy goats, mules and jacks, pigeons, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. Other areas of competition include grain and tobacco, fruits and nuts, honey, dairy products, country ham and eggs, and vegetables and melons. Some of the 4-H competitions include the areas of woodworking, knitting and crocheting, floral arrangements and photography, just to name a few.

No article or blog post about the fair could do justice to all that is offered – the thousands of exhibits, historical special areas, contests, shows and tons more. You just have to see it for yourself! This year’s Kentucky State Fair promises to be the best yet, and it won’t just be our neighbors throughout the commonwealth enjoying all the fun. Many of us that live in Louisville  will also find this to be a great time to celebrate the end of summer and all the things that make life in the Bluegrass State so enriching. Won’t you join us?

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St. Matthews and Highlands Restaurants Square Off

The battle has raged for years. For Louisville Home owners that prefer an area that offers older homes with classic architecture should it be St. Matthews or the Highlands.  They both have beautiful old homes featuring diverse architecture on tree-lined streets. They both provide easy access to parks, the expressways, and downtown. And they are both home to some of Louisville’s best eateries and shops. Comparing these legendary neighborhoods point by point would take volumes, so let’s take a look at just one criterion for measuring the charm and appeal of a neighborhood – its restaurants. Which neighborhood do Louisville home owners prefer when it comes to dining out?

In one corner, we have St. Matthews, with its young professional vibe and eclectic ethnic cuisine. Simply Thai lets gue sts order the exact spiciness of their dishes on a scale of 1-5, and Mojitos take tapas to new levels of fun and sophistication. Café Lou Lou provides its clever mix of Italian and Cajun dishes, and Der Gasthaus offers classic Old World German dishes including everything from Wiener Schnitzel to potato pancakes. NamNam Café serves great Vietnamese fare in its tiny eatery, Sakura Blue fits the bill when you are in the mood for shushi, and Havana Rumba provides a delicious taste of Cuban cuisine.

Of course, less global, more American fare is all the rage in St. Matthews too. Equus continues to provide an amazing fine dining experience, and its sister restaurant/bar, Jack’s Lounge, right next door, is an ideal place to unwind after work. For the meat and potatoes lover, nothing is more classic than a steak from Del Frisco’s, and 60 West Bistro and Martini Bar provides locals with upscale casual dining in a fun atmosphere. Cafes are another unique feature of the St. Matthews dining scene. If quaint and cozy appeal to you, then the Kayrouz Café and Meridian Café are the places to be.

In the opposite corner, we have the Highlands, with its award-winning chefs and contemporary hipster vibe. Bardstown Road restaurants have an eclectic flair with even more history than some of their St. Matthew’s counterparts. Ramsi’s boasts a menu of international dishes so long it practically needs chapters, and Palermo Viejo is the only Argentinian restaurant within three states. Lee’s Korean restaurant and Kashmir Indian restaurant add some spice to the mix.

Fine dining is easy to find in the Highlands. Bistro Les Relais has inventive dishes set against the backdrop of Bowman Field, Winston’s showcases the best work of Sullivan’s Culinary School chefs, Lilly’s continues to get national attention, and Jack Fry’s becomes a perennial favorite of anyone who has ever visited. But even less highbrow dining has a unique flavor in the Highlands. Louisville “originals” like the Bristol Bar and Grille, the Uptown Café, and Ditto’s are consistent winners with locals and visitors alike.

In the tightly contested Louisville restaurant wars, who comes out on top? St. Matthews? The Highlands? Or maybe the real winner is any Louisville home owner smart enough to make the most out of living in a city with such a great dining culture.

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Home Inspections will Provide Peace of Mind

We all know that it’s a good idea to see our doctor for a yearly physical and to open wide in the dentist's office if we want to head off cavities before they begin. What’s true for our physical and dental health is true for our “home health” as well. When buying a home, it’s important to have a thorough home inspection completed before we sign on the dotted line. But how do we choose one? And what should we expect once we do?

People not familiar with the real estate or home building industries can be confused about what to look for in choosing a good home inspector. The first rule of thumb is not to make price your #1 criterion in making your selection. Instead, consider these questions as you do your research:

  • How long have they been in the business of home inspection, not just a home-related industry? And how many home inspections have they done? 
  • Are they certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors or the American Society of Home Inspectors
  • Can you access references and testimonials from other home owners who used their services and were thrilled with the result? 
  • Will they provide you with sample home inspection reports so you can see an example of what you’ll be getting? 

Positive answers to these questions will narrow the field for you. At that point, you can use price as a component in the decision-making. An average fee for an inspection is between $250 and $500. You can also consider candidates who provide additional, related services, like mold testing, termite inspection, radon testing, etc., to help you make your final choice.

Once you have selected a home inspector, what should you expect him or her to find? Your home inspector should check both the inside and outside of the home to identify any problems – or potential problems – with the roof, the home’s structure, the plumbing, the electrical writing, the heating system, and any moisture issues. To become more familiar with the parts of the home that your inspector will review, check out a home inspection checklist that you can find online. This can help you not only anticipate what your inspector will be looking for, but it can also help you come up with questions you may have when the inspection is completed.

We wouldn’t expect perfect physical health if we never had a check-up, and we wouldn’t be surprised if we developed cavities if we never saw the dentist. Similarly, the health of the home will are planning to purchase should always be assessed by a professional home inspector. Since for most of us, our home is our biggest investment, it’s more than worth the cost of the inspection for Louisville home owners to have the peace of mind that comes from knowing exactly what we are purchasing. The buyers agents with the Brad Long Real Estate Group can provide you with a list of home inspectors that have a proven record of competience. 

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Swine Flu at the Kentucky State Fair?

Every year I look forward to going to the State Fair.  For one day a year, I look forward to indulging in whatever over the top greasy treats I want, allowing my son as much sugar his little heart desires, and I seek out the grilled corn booth for my single most favorite pleasure. I enjoy looking at all the baking contest entrees, although I wish I could taste them all, and each year say how the next year I will enter with a cake or a cookie, but of course I never do. Every year, my husband and I go to the fair and say the same exact thing, “it is the same as last year, but I have realized that that is just the beauty of the fair. You go to the fair for the tradition, to walk amongst your fellow Kentuckians, eat some good, bad food and take in your Kentucky pride. My husband and I could spend hours just sitting and watching  the families that come to the fair from all over the state. Living in Louisville, a metropolitan city, we often lose sight of the fact that Kentucky is a rural farming state, and the fair brings us back to our roots.

Although every year I am excited to spend a day at the fairgrounds, there has been recent news that has given me a reason to feel a little unsure about attending. Recent State fairs in Ohio and Indiana have reported cases of Swine Flu in their hogs. Apparently this Summer has been one of the worst for cases of Swine Flu in human beings as well. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in Ohio there have been 15 cases of human Swine Flu, with one related to the Ohio State Fair, and the rest with county state fairs.. In Indiana it is still unsure whether or not the pigs at the State Fair that had high temperatures were caused by Swine Flu or not, but the affected pigs were sent away from the fair. In Indiana, 11 human cases of Swine Flu were reported since July 2012 with some of those cases coming from area fairs.  

I don’t know about you, but it’s not really worth the slim risk of me or my children contracting the Swine Flu, to get a peek at a prized pig. I have to admit that the livestock section of the fair was never really my favorite part of the fair anyhow, but I worry now that being in any part of the fair might be dangerous to my children. I am normally not the type of mom that is overly concerned with sicknesses or outbreaks of the flu. When everyone was worried about the Swine Flu when we first learned about it, I understood the reality of the sickness, but was not going to wear a mask, lock up my kids, and sanitize everything I touch.   

I am nervous because I don’t know enough about the Swine Flu and how it is passed from animal to human. I’m sure someone reading this has a lot more information on this than me and can give me some insight on whether or not I am overreacting. Please help!  

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