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Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2013BourbonBlog.com invites you to attend the Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown, Kentucky this week, September 17-22.

For a full schedule of events, see schedule below.

With BourbonBlog.com‘s extensive coverage over the last 8 years,we’re bringing you several of our favorite video highlights below. For even more click this link – Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

Which events will YOU be attending or have you attended in the past? Tell us below under comments, we’d love to hear about your Kentucky Bourbon Festival experiences!

Boots and Bourbon Wild Turkey

Interview with Chris Morris< at Bourbon Festival gala

Let’s Talk Bourbon with Four Roses /b>

Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2013 Schedule

 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Balloon Glow

Balloon GlowNelson County Fairgrounds, US 31E
7:30pm-9pm (Tues)
Come out to the fairgrounds and enjoy these hot-air beauties. Pilots will illuminate their envelopes displaying an array of colors. Concessions on-site. Free admission. Balloon Glow
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Bourbon Window Displays
Downtown Bardstown, North Third St. and Flaget Ave.
Stroll the main streets of Bardstown and view window displays created by the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and brands. Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Independent Stave Company. Free. Window Displays
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Brushed Barrels
Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
View a display of painted and altered Bourbon barrels on the front lawn of the Welcome Center. Free admission. Brushed Barrels
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Art Exhibit presented by Fine Arts Bardstown Society
90 Court Square, Bardstown
Exhibit open Sept. 17th – 22nd, 10am-6pm daily
Local artists present a special selection of Bourbon art available for viewing & purchase. Meet the artist reception Thur 5 – 7pm. See www.fineartsbardstown.com for more events and classes. KBF Art Exhibit
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Kentucky Bourbon Shots
Photos displayed at Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
Enjoy the photography skills of participants depicting the theme Kentucky Bourbon through color, black-and-white and modified. Entry forms are available online and at the KBF office. Limit one entry in each category per person. Awards given for each category. Free admission. (Must be 21.) [Entry Form] Bourbon Shots
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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Spalding Hall, 114 North Fifth St.
10am-5pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur)
10am-6pm (Fri & Sat)
10am-4pm (Sun)
An 1826 building housing stills, photos, artifacts and displays of distilling from pre-colonial days to the present. Gift shop includes historical Bourbon memorabilia. Free admission. Donations appreciated.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2013

Bourbon-Clues Scavenger Hunt
Welcome Center, One Court Square
9 am – 5 pm (Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat)
Follow the clues to great prizes and discover the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America.” Pick up your clues at the Welcome Center. Free activity.

Most Beautiful Small Town in America
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Bourbon Window Displays
Downtown Bardstown, North Third St. and Flaget Ave.
Stroll the main streets of Bardstown and view window displays created by the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and brands. Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Independent Stave Company. Free. Window Displays
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Brushed Barrels
Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
View a display of painted and altered Bourbon barrels on the front lawn of the Welcome Center. Free admission. Brushed Barrels
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Kentucky Bourbon All-Star Sampler™
Guthrie Opportunity Center, Home of Nelson County Industries (NCI), 900 Nutter Dr.
7pm-9:30pm (Wed)
Join the Kentucky Distillers’ Association for a rare evening featuring all the KDA Master Distillers under one roof, as well as Kentucky’s newest craft distilleries and their innovative brands. Sample iconic Bourbons while enjoying genuine Kentucky cuisine and music in a nightclub atmosphere. Don’t forget to bring your special bottles or Bourbon memorabilia for autographs and photographs. $40 per person. Must be 21. Reservations recommended. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Art Exhibit presented by Fine Arts Bardstown Society
90 Court Square, Bardstown
Exhibit open Sept. 17th – 22nd, 10am-6pm daily
Local artists present a special selection of Bourbon art available for viewing & purchase. Meet the artist reception Thur 5 – 7pm. See www.fineartsbardstown.com for more events and classes. KBF Art Exhibit
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Kentucky Bourbon Shots
Photos displayed at Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
Enjoy the photography skills of participants depicting the theme Kentucky Bourbon through color, black-and-white and modified. Entry forms are available online and at the KBF office. Limit one entry in each category per person. Awards given for each category. Free admission. (Must be 21.) [Entry Form] Bourbon Shotsline

 

 

Mixed Drink Challenge

Mixed drink ChallengeBest Western General Nelson, Carriage Room
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
4:30 – 6:00 pm (Wed)
Regional restaurant and distillery mixologists prepare specialty Bourbon drinks to be judged by a select group of Bourbon experts. Winner becomes the official drink for 2014 KBF. $25 entry fee per recipe, pre-registration for entrants required. Admission $15 per person. (Must be 21.) Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the door. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Spalding Hall, 114 North Fifth St.
10am-5pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur)
10am-6pm (Fri & Sat)
10am-4pm (Sun)
An 1826 building housing stills, photos, artifacts and displays of distilling from pre-colonial days to the present. Gift shop includes historical Bourbon memorabilia. Free admission. Donations appreciated.
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Tour The Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries
Location pickup 900 Nutter Dr., Guthrie Opportunity Center
9 am (Wed & Thur)
Experience the art of Bourbon making with tours of Kentucky distilleries. Two trails to choose from: the Bardstown Trail covering Jim Beam, Barton’s, Heaven Hill and Maker’s Mark and the Bluegrass Trail with stops at Four Roses, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Reservations required. Fees vary. For reservations or more info, call (270) 765-7297. Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries
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Thursday, September 18, 2013

 

Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2013Boots and Bourbon

Guthrie Opportunity Center, Home of Nelson County Industries (NCI), 900 Nutter Dr.

7pm-11pm (Thur)
Join the gang from Wild Turkey for a boot scootin’ good time. Dance along to live Country Western music, chow down on fantastic food, and be prepared to ride the bull. $50 per person. (Must be 21.) Reservations required. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Bourbon-Clues Scavenger Hunt
Welcome Center, One Court Square
9 am – 5 pm (Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat)
Follow the clues to great prizes and discover the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America.” Pick up your clues at the Welcome Center. Free activity.

Most Beautiful Small Town in America
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Bourbon Cocktail Mixology
Best Western General Nelson, Carriage Room
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
2pm-4pm (Thursday SOLD OUT), 6pm-8pm (Friday SOLD OUT), 6pm-8pm (Sat SOLD OUT)
Sample an array of Kentucky Bourbon-based cocktails. Created by the “Bad Girl of Bourbon,” Joy Perrine. Learn why certain ingredients bring out the best of Bourbon’s complex and satisfying flavors. The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book will be given as a favor. $50 per person (Must be 21.) Reservation required. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Bourbon Window Displays
Downtown Bardstown, North Third St. and Flaget Ave.
Stroll the main streets of Bardstown and view window displays created by the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and brands. Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Independent Stave Company. Free. Window Displays
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Brushed Barrels
Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
View a display of painted and altered Bourbon barrels on the front lawn of the Welcome Center. Free admission. Brushed Barrels
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Culinary Art: Bourbon-Style Cooking School™
Great Hall, My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 East Stephen Foster Ave.
7pm-9pm (Thur)
Enjoy cuisine featuring a wide array of Jim Beam Bourbons. Chef to be announced. (You must be 21.) $60 per person. Reservation required. (800) 638-4877. #4

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Exploring the Flavors of Bourbon
My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train Depot
602 N. Third St., Bardstown
11 am – 1 pm (Thur)
Join Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris, Woodford Chef-in-Residence Quita Michel and Gil Logan, Executive Chef of My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, for a special Woodford Reserve Bourbon tasting and Kentucky Proud lunch in the train’s historic depot. $35 per person (Must be 21.) Reservation required. (800) 638-4877. #4.

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Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown
The Old Stable, 116 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
8pm-9:30pm (Thur-Fri-Sat), 10pm-11:30pm (Fri-Sat)
Join Certified Ghost Hunter Patti Starr for a historic walking tour and ghost hunt on the shadowy streets of Bardstown! Hear true stories of ghostly activity at the locations on the trek. Bring your cameras, audio recorders and camcorder if you wish. $20 per person. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown
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Half Pint of Whiskey History with a Shot of Humor
Wickland Home of Three Governors, 550 Bloomfield Road
12:00- 2:30pm (Thurs) An optional Bourbon flavored lunch to be served prior the event. 10:30am-1:30pm (Fri)
A meander through the history of Kentucky Bourbon making, legal or otherwise. No tale untold, no barrel left untapped. Local historian Dixie Hibbs and visiting experts will share their tales. Limited seating. Please call for reservations – $25 for lunch inclusive. Call (502) 507-0808.

Half Pint of Whiskey History
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Art Exhibit presented by Fine Arts Bardstown Society
90 Court Square, Bardstown
Exhibit open Sept. 17th – 22nd, 10am-6pm daily
Local artists present a special selection of Bourbon art available for viewing & purchase. Meet the artist reception Thur 5 – 7pm. See www.fineartsbardstown.com for more events and classes. KBF Art Exhibit
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Kentucky Bourbon Shots
Photos displayed at Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
Enjoy the photography skills of participants depicting the theme Kentucky Bourbon through color, black-and-white and modified. Entry forms are available online and at the KBF office. Limit one entry in each category per person. Awards given for each category. Free admission. (Must be 21.) [Entry Form] Bourbon Shots
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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Spalding Hall, 114 North Fifth St.
10am-5pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur)
10am-6pm (Fri & Sat)
10am-4pm (Sun)
An 1826 building housing stills, photos, artifacts and displays of distilling from pre-colonial days to the present. Gift shop includes historical Bourbon memorabilia. Free admission. Donations appreciated.
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Tour The Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries
Location pickup 900 Nutter Dr., Guthrie Opportunity Center
9 am (Wed & Thur)
Experience the art of Bourbon making with tours of Kentucky distilleries. Two trails to choose from: the Bardstown Trail covering Jim Beam, Barton’s, Heaven Hill and Maker’s Mark and the Bluegrass Trail with stops at Four Roses, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve. Reservations required. Fees vary. For reservations or more info, call (270) 765-7297. Tour the Kentucky Bourbon Distilleries
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Friday, September, 19, 2013

Any Way She Likes It
Best Western General Nelson, Carriage Room
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
1pm-3pm (Fri)
Back by popular demand, host Peggy Noe Stevens, former Master Bourbon Taster, will describe the different aromas and flavors of Bourbon to pair with food. Guests will sample hors d’oeuvres that complement these bourbons. During this experience, you will also taste the cocktails of the finalists for the “Not Your Pink Drink” signature cocktail, sponsored by Bourbon Women. Peggy will also give tips on setting the perfect Bourbon bar for entertaining your guests. $35 per person. Reservation required. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Any Way She Likes It
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Backstreets of Bardstown Historical Tour
East side of Court Square
11am-12pm (FRIDAY SOLD OUT, Sat), 1pm-2pm (Fri, Sat), 3pm-4pm (Fri, Sat)
Take a ride in the Around the Town Carriage’s horse-drawn trolley and enjoy a tour from local historians who will tell the rich and fascinating history of Bardstown. $20 per person. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Bourbon-Clues Scavenger Hunt
Welcome Center, One Court Square
9 am – 5 pm (Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat)
Follow the clues to great prizes and discover the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America.” Pick up your clues at the Welcome Center. Free activity.

Most Beautiful Small Town in America
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Bourbon, Cigars and Jazz™
The Great Hall and Rotunda at My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 East Stephen Foster Ave.
7pm-12am (Fri)
Enjoy an evening of fine cigars and fine Bourbon. Cigar and Bourbon aficionados will enjoy Asylum, CLE and Edgar Hoill Cigar Companies Cigars and an array of select Bourbons from Heaven Hill Distilleries, including Larceny and the Evan Williams and Elijah Craig families of Bourbon. Delicious food and New Orleans music liven up the night in true Mardi Gras style. Dress cocktail attire. $90 per person. (Must be 21.) (800) 638-4877 #4

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Bourbon, Cigars & Jazz
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Bourbon Cocktail Mixology
Best Western General Nelson, Carriage Room
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
2pm-4pm (Thursday SOLD OUT), 6pm-8pm (Friday SOLD OUT), 6pm-8pm (Sat SOLD OUT)
Sample an array of Kentucky Bourbon-based cocktails. Created by the “Bad Girl of Bourbon,” Joy Perrine. Learn why certain ingredients bring out the best of Bourbon’s complex and satisfying flavors. The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book will be given as a favor. $50 per person (Must be 21.) Reservation required. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Bourbon Window Displays
Downtown Bardstown, North Third St. and Flaget Ave.
Stroll the main streets of Bardstown and view window displays created by the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and brands. Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Independent Stave Company. Free. Window Displays
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Brushed Barrels
Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
View a display of painted and altered Bourbon barrels on the front lawn of the Welcome Center. Free admission. Brushed Barrels
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Family Fun Area
Behind City Hall, 220 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
A variety of interactive games, inflatables, train rides and more for family enjoyment. Fees vary. Family Fun Area
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Food Booths
City Hall Parking Lot, 220 North Third St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
An assortment of food vendors to satisfy your hunger. Free admission to the Lawn. Food Booths
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Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown
The Old Stable, 116 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
8pm-9:30pm (Thur-Fri-Sat), 10pm-11:30pm (Fri-Sat)
Join Certified Ghost Hunter Patti Starr for a historic walking tour and ghost hunt on the shadowy streets of Bardstown! Hear true stories of ghostly activity at the locations on the trek. Bring your cameras, audio recorders and camcorder if you wish. $20 per person. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877 #4

Buy Now

Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown
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Half Pint of Whiskey History with a Shot of Humor
Wickland Home of Three Governors, 550 Bloomfield Road
12:00- 2:30pm (Thurs) An optional Bourbon flavored lunch to be served prior the event. 10:30am-1:30pm (Fri)
A meander through the history of Kentucky Bourbon making, legal or otherwise. No tale untold, no barrel left untapped. Local historian Dixie Hibbs and visiting experts will share their tales. Limited seating. Please call for reservations – $25 for lunch inclusive. Call (502) 507-0808.

Half Pint of Whiskey History
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Hands-On Activities
Spalding Hall – Lawn, 114 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities for all ages. All activities revolve around the world of Bourbon, from poster puzzles to filling a bottle with various ingredients in Bourbon. Free admission to the Lawn. Hands On Activities
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Kentucky Arts & Crafts, Foods, Distillery Booths
Spalding Hall and City Hall Lawns, 114 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
Kentucky distilleries display and sell their logoed and interesting wares. Experience Kentucky through displays and unique retail. Kentucky artisans and craftsmen offer juried handmade items for sale. Free admission to the Lawn. On the Lawn
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Art Exhibit presented by Fine Arts Bardstown Society
90 Court Square, Bardstown
Exhibit open Sept. 17th – 22nd, 10am-6pm daily
Local artists present a special selection of Bourbon art available for viewing & purchase. Meet the artist reception Thur 5 – 7pm. See www.fineartsbardstown.com for more events and classes. KBF Art Exhibit
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Kentucky Bourbon Shots™
Photos displayed at Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
Enjoy the photography skills of participants depicting the theme Kentucky Bourbon through color, black-and-white and modified. Entry forms are available online and at the KBF office. Limit one entry in each category per person. Awards given for each category. Free admission. (Must be 21.) [Entry Form] Bourbon Shots
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Let’s Talk Bourbon™
Four Roses Distillery, 1224 Bonds Mill Rd., Lawrenceburg, KY
9:30am-1:30pm (Fri)
A detailed seminar by Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, looking at the history and process of making Kentucky Bourbon. Tour the distillery and enjoy an outside Kentucky breakfast buffet. $30 per person. (Must be 21.) Reservations required. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Music on the Lawn
City Hall Lawn, 220 North Fifth St.
5 pm – 12 am (Fri & Sat), 1 pm – 4 pm (Sunday)
Enjoy live music by performers throughout the weekend. Bring your own chair and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Featured on Saturday, September 21, The Kentucky Headhunters, brought to you by sponsor Four Roses Distillery. Free admission to the Lawn.

MUSIC LINE UP

Friday, September 20

5:00 – 6:00: Noah Guthrie
6:00 – 7:00: Digit
7:15 – 8:15: South 49
8:30 –09:30: Sgt. Corrin Campbell-US Army Recruiting
10:00 – Closing: Big Black Cadillac

Saturday, September 21

5:00 – 5:45: Andrew Scott Newton
6:00 – 7:00: Moonshine Millionaires
7:15 – 8:15p: Floord
8:30 – 9:30: Southern Edge
9:30 – Closing: The Kentucky Headhunters

Sunday, September 22
Noon – 12:45: Erin McClendon
12:45 – 1:30: Lexi Larsen
1:30 – 2:45: Haley & Michaels
3:00 – 5:00: Bourbon City Symphony

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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Spalding Hall, 114 North Fifth St.
10am-5pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur)
10am-6pm (Fri & Sat)
10am-4pm (Sun)
An 1826 building housing stills, photos, artifacts and displays of distilling from pre-colonial days to the present. Gift shop includes historical Bourbon memorabilia. Free admission. Donations appreciated.
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Spirit Garden™
In front of City Hall, 220 N. Fifth St.
5 pm – 12:30 am (Fri)
12 pm – 12:30 am (Sat)
2 – 5 pm (Sun)
The Spirit Garden, sponsored by Maker’s Mark and presented by the Bardstown Rotary Club, is a cash bar featuring participating Kentucky Bourbons. Beer is also available. Entry with purchase of KBF 2013 lapel pin. (Must be 21 and show ID to enter.)
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U.S. Army Extreme Adventure
City Hall Lawn, 220 N. Fifth St.
6 – 10 pm (Fri)
10 am – 10 pm (Sat)
10 am – 5 pm (Sun)
Experience the excitement, adventure and opportunities that are currently available by joining the Army. Free admission to the Lawn. US Army Extreme Adventure
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Whiskey City Cruisers Vehicle Show
City Hall, North Fifth and Flaget Streets
4pm-10pm (Fri)
10am-10pm (Sat)
10am-5pm (Sun)
View a variety of vehicles on display from the area’s largest club. Free admission to the Lawn. Car Show
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Saturday, September, 2013

 

The Ancient Craft of Barrel Making
Spalding Hall Lawn
114 North Fifth St.
10am-4pm (Sat), 12pm-5pm (Sun)
Coopers from Independent Stave Co. demonstrate the unique and historical craft of making special oak barrels for aging Bourbon. Free admission to the Lawn.

Barrel Making

Backstreets of Bardstown Historical Tour
East side of Court Square
11am-12pm (FRIDAY SOLD OUT, Sat), 1pm-2pm (Fri, Sat), 3pm-4pm (Fri, Sat)
Take a ride in the Around the Town Carriage’s horse-drawn trolley and enjoy a tour from local historians who will tell the rich and fascinating history of Bardstown. $20 per person. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Bootleggers & Bushwhackers Train Robbery
Kentucky Railway Museum
136 South Main St., New Haven, KY
2pm (Sat & Sun)
Take a ride on a steam locomotive. Robbers are after its liquid gold cargo. $19.00 adults, $14.00 children 2-12 years old. Reservations requested. (800) 272-0152.

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Bourbon-Clues Scavenger Hunt
Welcome Center, One Court Square
9 am – 5 pm (Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat)
Follow the clues to great prizes and discover the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America.” Pick up your clues at the Welcome Center. Free activity.

Most Beautiful Small Town in America
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Bourbon Cocktail Mixology™
Best Western General Nelson, Carriage Room
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
2pm-4pm (Thursday SOLD OUT), 6pm-8pm (Friday) SOLD OUT, 6pm-8pm (Sat SOLD OUT)
Sample an array of Kentucky Bourbon-based cocktails. Created by the “Bad Girl of Bourbon,” Joy Perrine. Learn why certain ingredients bring out the best of Bourbon’s complex and satisfying flavors. The Kentucky Bourbon Cocktail Book will be given as a favor. $50 per person (Must be 21.) Reservation required. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Bourbon Window Displays
Downtown Bardstown, North Third St. and Flaget Ave.
Stroll the main streets of Bardstown and view window displays created by the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and brands. Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Independent Stave Company. Free. Window Displays
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Brushed Barrels
Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
View a display of painted and altered Bourbon barrels on the front lawn of the Welcome Center. Free admission. Brushed Barrels
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Family Fun Area
Behind City Hall, 220 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
A variety of interactive games, inflatables, train rides and more for family enjoyment. Fees vary. Family Fun Area
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Food Booths
City Hall Parking Lot, 220 North Third St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
An assortment of food vendors to satisfy your hunger. Free admission to the Lawn. Food Booths
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Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown
The Old Stable, 116 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
8pm-9:30pm (Thur-Fri-Sat), 10pm-11:30pm (Fri-Sat)
Join Certified Ghost Hunter Patti Starr for a historic walking tour and ghost hunt on the shadowy streets of Bardstown! Hear true stories of ghostly activity at the locations on the trek. Bring your cameras, audio recorders and camcorder if you wish. $20 per person. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Ghostly Spirits of Bardstown
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The Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala
Guthrie Opportunity Center, Home of Nelson County Industries (NCI), 900 Nutter Dr.
6:30pm-1am (Sat)
The Tasting & Gala is the signature event of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. A Bourbon lover’s dream and a night you will never forget. Begin your evening by sampling the finest Kentucky Bourbons from eight distilleries and two brands, with a chance to meet Master Distillers and Ambassadors while gathering a collection of glassware in a Buffalo Trace tasting bag. Following the tasting, enjoy the official toast with 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Small Batch Bourbon. Begin your gourmet experience with a salad enhanced by Michter’s Bourbon. Continue to tantalize your taste buds with a gourmet Kentucky meal and a specialty dessert prepared with Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon. Dancing during the evening. $140 per person. (Must be 21.) Reservations required. (800) 638-4877 #4.
Dress – formal-black tie only.

Gala Tasting

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Hands-On Activities
Spalding Hall – Lawn, 114 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities for all ages. All activities revolve around the world of Bourbon, from poster puzzles to filling a bottle with various ingredients in Bourbon. Free admission to the Lawn. Hands On Activities
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Kentucky Arts & Crafts, Foods, Distillery Booths
Spalding Hall and City Hall Lawns, 114 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
Kentucky distilleries display and sell their logoed and interesting wares. Experience Kentucky through displays and unique retail. Kentucky artisans and craftsmen offer juried handmade items for sale. Free admission to the Lawn. On the Lawn
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Presents “Loqui Facilis”
The Great Hall and Terrace at My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 E. Stephen Foster Ave.
8 pm – 12 am (Sat)
New innovations are often rooted in history, and the evolution of American cocktail culture is no exception. Many of the cocktails we enjoy today provide a refreshing twist on established favorites like the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan. Please join the artisan distilleries of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour™ for an evening of innovative cocktails set in the Gatsby era of the Roaring Twenties. Sponsored by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association. No need to bob your hair for this event. Feel free to dress up your cocktail attire with pearls and suspenders. $45 per person. Reservations required. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Kentucky Bourbon Breakfast
Spalding Hall – Lower Floor, 114 North Fifth St.
7:30am-12pm (Sat), 8am-11am (Sun)
St. Catharine College starts your morning off Old Pogue Bourbon style. Taste a selection of pancakes, Bourbon butter and syrup, Bourbon coffee (we think you get the idea) and more. $5 per person in advance, $6 at door. Coffee by the cup $1.00. For advance reservation, call St. Catharine College at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1101. Bourbon Breakfast
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Art Exhibit presented by Fine Arts Bardstown Society
90 Court Square, Bardstown
Exhibit open Sept. 17th – 22nd, 10am-6pm daily
Local artists present a special selection of Bourbon art available for viewing & purchase. Meet the artist reception Thur 5 – 7pm. See www.fineartsbardstown.com for more events and classes. KBF Art Exhibit
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Golf Tournament
Bardstown Country Club at Maywood, 130 Maywood Ave.
8am-1pm (Sat)
Four-person scramble. Distillery and open divisions. Lunch provided. Golf shirt and door prizes. $125 per person (Must be 21.) Reservations required. Limited to first 144 players. (800) 638-4877 #4 [Registration Form] golf
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Horseshoe Pitch
Nelson County Fairgrounds, US 31 E
Open Pitch 10 am (Sat)
Distillery Pitch 10 am (Sun)
Nelson County Horseshoe Pitchers Association will conduct the pitch. $20 plus tax per person entry fee. T-shirts for all entrants. Distillery Workers pitch to be held Sunday, September 15. Open Division pitch will be Saturday, September 21. Additional T-shirts $10 each. Online registration form. Reservations requested. This will be an “Adult” only event. Barrelhead & Trophies will be awarded to winners. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Free admission. Participants to bring own horseshoes. (800) 638-4877 #4 [Distillery Entry Form] [Public Entry Form] Horseshoe Pitch
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Poker Run
Heaven Hill Parking Area, 1311 Gilkey Run Rd.
Sign-in begins at 9:30 am (Sat)
11 am – 3 pm ride
Enjoy a ride through the countryside while collecting your poker hand. Free T-shirt, lots of door prizes and cash prizes. Proof of insurance required at registration. $30 plus tax per person. Reservations recommended or sign up day of event. (Must be 21.) Rain cancels. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Kentucky Bourbon Shots™
Photos displayed at Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
Enjoy the photography skills of participants depicting the theme Kentucky Bourbon through color, black-and-white and modified. Entry forms are available online and at the KBF office. Limit one entry in each category per person. Awards given for each category. Free admission. (Must be 21.) [Entry Form] Bourbon Shots
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Master Distiller’s Auction
Spalding Hall – Chapel, 114 North Fifth St.
2pm-4pm (Sat)
This prestigious auction, courtesy of Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History, gives you the opportunity to bid on vintage items and unusual bottles of your favorite Kentucky Bourbon, some autographed by the Master Distillers. Proceeds benefit Spalding Hall. Free admission. Donations appreciated.

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Music on the Lawn
City Hall Lawn, 220 North Fifth St.
5 pm – 12 am (Fri & Sat), 1 pm – 4 pm (Sunday)
Enjoy live music by performers throughout the weekend. Bring your own chair and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Featured on Saturday, September 21, The Kentucky Headhunters, brought to you by sponsor Four Roses Distillery. Free admission to the Lawn.

MUSIC LINE UP

Friday, September 20

5:00 – 6:00: Noah Guthrie
6:00 – 7:00: Digit
7:15 – 8:15: South 49
8:30 –09:30: Sgt. Corrin Campbell-US Army Recruiting
10:00 – Closing: Big Black Cadillac

Saturday, September 21

5:00 – 5:45: Andrew Scott Newton
6:00 – 7:00: Moonshine Millionaires
7:15 – 8:15p: Floord
8:30 – 9:30: Southern Edge
9:30 – Closing: The Kentucky Headhunters

Sunday, September 22
Noon – 12:45: Erin McClendon
12:45 – 1:30: Lexi Larsen
1:30 – 2:45: Haley & Michaels
3:00 – 5:00: Bourbon City Symphony

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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Spalding Hall, 114 North Fifth St.
10am-5pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur)
10am-6pm (Fri & Sat)
10am-4pm (Sun)
An 1826 building housing stills, photos, artifacts and displays of distilling from pre-colonial days to the present. Gift shop includes historical Bourbon memorabilia. Free admission. Donations appreciated.
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Sip & Savor in the Spirit of Old Kentucky™
Best Western General Nelson, Carriage Room
411 W. Stephen Foster Ave.
1pm-3pm (Sat)
A Bourbon and food pairing experience. Conducted by Chef Albert Schmid. Learn the Bourbon characteristics and how/why they pair with each offering. $40 per person. (Must be 21). Reservations required. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Spirit 5K Run and Walk
Nelson County Civic Center, 321 South Third St.
8:30am (Sat)
United Way’s campaign kickoff. All levels invited and prizes galore. $15 per person (502) 348-1891 Registration day of the event.

 

 

Sunday, September 22

The Ancient Craft of Barrel Making
Spalding Hall Lawn
114 North Fifth St.
10am-4pm (Sat), 12pm-5pm (Sun)
Coopers from Independent Stave Co. demonstrate the unique and historical craft of making special oak barrels for aging Bourbon. Free admission to the Lawn.

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Backstreets of Bardstown Historical Tour
East side of Court Square
11am-12pm (FRIDAY SOLD OUT, Sat), 1pm-2pm (Fri, Sat), 3pm-4pm (Fri, Sat)
Take a ride in the Around the Town Carriage’s horse-drawn trolley and enjoy a tour from local historians who will tell the rich and fascinating history of Bardstown. $20 per person. Reservations recommended or purchase tickets at the Bardstown Welcome Center. (800) 638-4877 #4

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Bootleggers & Bushwhackers Train Robbery
Kentucky Railway Museum
136 South Main St., New Haven, KY
2pm (Sat & Sun)
Take a ride on a steam locomotive. Robbers are after its liquid gold cargo. $19.00 adults, $14.00 children 2-12 years old. Reservations requested. (800) 272-0152.

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Bourbon Window Displays
Downtown Bardstown, North Third St. and Flaget Ave.
Stroll the main streets of Bardstown and view window displays created by the Kentucky Bourbon distilleries and brands. Kentucky Distillers’ Association and Independent Stave Company. Free. Window Displays
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Brushed Barrels
Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
View a display of painted and altered Bourbon barrels on the front lawn of the Welcome Center. Free admission. Brushed Barrels
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Family Fun Area
Behind City Hall, 220 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
A variety of interactive games, inflatables, train rides and more for family enjoyment. Fees vary. Family Fun Area
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Food Booths
City Hall Parking Lot, 220 North Third St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
An assortment of food vendors to satisfy your hunger. Free admission to the Lawn. Food Booths
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Hands-On Activities
Spalding Hall – Lawn, 114 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
Enjoy a variety of hands-on activities for all ages. All activities revolve around the world of Bourbon, from poster puzzles to filling a bottle with various ingredients in Bourbon. Free admission to the Lawn. Hands On Activities
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Kentucky Arts & Crafts, Foods, Distillery Booths
Spalding Hall and City Hall Lawns, 114 North Fifth St.
4pm-10pm (Fri), 10am-10pm (Sat), 10am-5pm (Sun)
Kentucky distilleries display and sell their logoed and interesting wares. Experience Kentucky through displays and unique retail. Kentucky artisans and craftsmen offer juried handmade items for sale. Free admission to the Lawn. On the Lawn
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Kentucky Bourbon Breakfast
Spalding Hall – Lower Floor, 114 North Fifth St.
7:30am-12pm (Sat), 8am-11am (Sun)
St. Catharine College starts your morning off Old Pogue Bourbon style. Taste a selection of pancakes, Bourbon butter and syrup, Bourbon coffee (we think you get the idea) and more. $5 per person in advance, $6 at door. Coffee by the cup $1.00. For advance reservation, call St. Catharine College at (859) 336-5082, ext. 1101. Bourbon Breakfast
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Art Exhibit presented by Fine Arts Bardstown Society
90 Court Square, Bardstown
Exhibit open Sept. 17th – 22nd, 10am-6pm daily
Local artists present a special selection of Bourbon art available for viewing & purchase. Meet the artist reception Thur 5 – 7pm. See www.fineartsbardstown.com for more events and classes. KBF Art Exhibit
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Kentucky Bourbon Festival Horseshoe Pitch
Nelson County Fairgrounds, US 31 E
Open Pitch 10 am (Sat)
Distillery Pitch 10 am (Sun)
Nelson County Horseshoe Pitchers Association will conduct the pitch. $20 plus tax per person entry fee. T-shirts for all entrants. Distillery Workers pitch to be held Sunday, September 15. Open Division pitch will be Saturday, September 21. Additional T-shirts $10 each. Online registration form. Reservations requested. This will be an “Adult” only event. Barrelhead & Trophies will be awarded to winners. Registration begins at 9:30 am. Free admission. Participants to bring own horseshoes. (800) 638-4877 #4 [Distillery Entry Form] [Public Entry Form] Horseshoe Pitch
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Kentucky Bourbon Shots™
Photos displayed at Bardstown Welcome Center, One Court Square
Enjoy the photography skills of participants depicting the theme Kentucky Bourbon through color, black-and-white and modified. Entry forms are available online and at the KBF office. Limit one entry in each category per person. Awards given for each category. Free admission. (Must be 21.) [Entry Form] Bourbon Shots
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Music on the Lawn
City Hall Lawn, 220 North Fifth St.
5 pm – 12 am (Fri & Sat), 1 pm – 4 pm (Sunday)
Enjoy live music by performers throughout the weekend. Bring your own chair and enjoy a variety of entertainment. Featured on Saturday, September 21, The Kentucky Headhunters, brought to you by sponsor Four Roses Distillery. Free admission to the Lawn.

MUSIC LINE UP

Friday, September 20

5:00 – 6:00: Noah Guthrie
6:00 – 7:00: Digit
7:15 – 8:15: South 49
8:30 –09:30: Sgt. Corrin Campbell-US Army Recruiting
10:00 – Closing: Big Black Cadillac

Saturday, September 21

5:00 – 5:45: Andrew Scott Newton
6:00 – 7:00: Moonshine Millionaires
7:15 – 8:15p: Floord
8:30 – 9:30: Southern Edge
9:30 – Closing: The Kentucky Headhunters

Sunday, September 22
Noon – 12:45: Erin McClendon
12:45 – 1:30: Lexi Larsen
1:30 – 2:45: Haley & Michaels
3:00 – 5:00: Bourbon City Symphony

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Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
Spalding Hall, 114 North Fifth St.
10am-5pm (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur)
10am-6pm (Fri & Sat)
10am-4pm (Sun)
An 1826 building housing stills, photos, artifacts and displays of distilling from pre-colonial days to the present. Gift shop includes historical Bourbon memorabilia. Free admission. Donations appreciated.
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Spirit Garden™
In front of City Hall, 220 N. Fifth St.
5 pm – 12:30 am (Fri)
12 pm – 12:30 am (Sat)
2 – 5 pm (Sun)
The Spirit Garden, sponsored by Maker’s Mark and presented by the Bardstown Rotary Club, is a cash bar featuring participating Kentucky Bourbons. Beer is also available. Entry with purchase of KBF 2013 lapel pin. (Must be 21 and show ID to enter.)
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U.S. Army Extreme Adventure
City Hall Lawn, 220 N. Fifth St.
6 – 10 pm (Fri)
10 am – 10 pm (Sat)
10 am – 5 pm (Sun)
Experience the excitement, adventure and opportunities that are currently available by joining the Army. Free admission to the Lawn. US Army Extreme Adventure
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Whiskey City Cruisers Vehicle Show
City Hall, North Fifth and Flaget Streets
4pm-10pm (Fri)
10am-10pm (Sat)
10am-5pm (Sun)
View a variety of vehicles on display from the area’s largest club. Free admission to the Lawn. Car Show
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