The beautiful state of Kentucky brings to mind the simpler things in life; sipping Mint Juleps on the front porch, slowly fanning away the heat of the day with a satin hand-held fan or local newspaper. Kentucky is a part of the country where thoroughbred horses are common place, and where that “slow southern style” never goes out of style. It remains a place where Kentucky Blue Grass, both the scent of the grass and the sound of the music, fill the air. Kentucky is also the place where voices raise and hearts pound as magnificent horses round the bend at Church Hill Downs.
The Kentucky Derby is held yearly at Church Hill Downs and is part of the horse racing Triple Crown. The Derby itself stretches back more than 130-years and has become one of the premier horse racing events in America. Many people who don’t normally follow horse races will set aside time to watch the Kentucky Derby. The nearby city of Louisville holds a fantastic festival that coincides with the Derby each year. It lasts for several fun-filled days and nights.
Other sites to see while visiting Kentucky include the Bluegrass Music Museum, the Kentucky Horse Park and the Louisville Slugger Museum. The Louisville Slugger is probably the most famous brand of baseball bat ever made. It is an American original, created in 1884 by the son of a German immigrant, who owned a woodworking shop. The story goes that the son, named Bud, turned the first slugger for his baseball idle Pete “the old gladiator” Brown, after seeing him break his favorite bat during a game. Brown got three hits with the bat at his next game and the legend grew from there.
No matter why people visit, whether it’s the sense of romantic yesteryear or the thrill of thundering hooves, they will find that the air always seems a little sweeter and time goes by a little bit slower, in Kentucky.