For our 13th episode, “Festivals and Fundraising,” we visited three unique Kentucky festivals: Winchester’s Beer Cheese Festival, Lexington’s Woodland Arts Fair, and Fort Harrod’s Beef Festival. Our camera crew also visited the Moontower Music Festival, the backdrop for this exciting new episode.
The 10th annual Fort Harrods Beef Festival was hosted this year at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The festival showcases Kentucky’s beef industry, which is the largest east of the Mississippi and eighth largest overall.
As with the Beef Festival, Winchester’s Beer Cheese Festival is a great place for local vendors to display and sell their arts and crafts. Unsurprisingly, our favorite part about the festival was that we got to sample beer cheese all day long—and then vote on our favorite one!
Episode 13 concludes with a visit to an event that hosts 200 artists, live music, and food and fun for the whole family: the 40th annual Woodland Arts Fair. Event sponsor the Lexington Art League envisions a world where art, artists, and art-making are central to human inspiration, self-realization, and meaning—and this vision certainly shone through during our enjoyable visit there.
NEW! Inside Northern Kentucky Show Premiering on KET
One more bit of exciting news. November 16, 2015 marked the release of the first episode of the Inside Northern Kentucky series on the KET Network. Prosper Media Group, producers of the Emmy nominated series kNOwMORE Nonprofits, has been selected to produce the series. “We are excited about a quality program that will help the rest of the state understand just how special Northern Kentucky is,” said Judy Clabes, editor and publisher of the Northern Kentucky Tribune and executive producer of Inside Northern Kentucky.
According to the Northern Kentucky Tribune, “The shows will be ‘news magazine’ style features, with four to five story segments and interesting sidebars about the three-county region.” Everyone involved in production of these stories is very excited for the rest of the state to hear about all the great things that have been happening in Northern Kentucky!
Our first episode features Southbank Partners, Tim Hanner’s Navigo Scholars, the renowned Harry Sparks, and an interesting story about Paw-Paws, a new cash crop for Northern Kentucky. It will appear on KETKY at 9:00 am and again at 7:30 pm on Thursday, November 19, and at 10:00PM on Friday, November 27. The first episode will also appear on KET on Saturday, November 21 at 12:30 am and again at 3:00 p.m.
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“The festival is designed to showcase Kentucky’s beef industry. Kentucky is the largest beef cattle producing state east of the Mississippi, and ranks 8th in US production. We are in the business of promoting and educating the public about the production, distribution, and selling of beef from the farm to the marketplace.”
The 10th annual Fort Harrods Beef Festival was hosted this year at the Mercer County Fairgrounds in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. This festival is great for all ages with activities such as inflatables for the kids, a youth competition grill off, live music, local vendors, and antique cars!
There’s also a progressive dinner with beef cuisine from local caterers and a Spirit and Bourbon tasting! Who doesn’t love some Kentucky Bourbon? With paint balling, arts & crafts, wine & cheese tasting, 5k run/walk, pageants, and carnival corral this festival is surely one to remember!
kNOwMORE nonprofits went out to this festival to film and learn about Harrodsburg and how this festival supports the local community. Be sure to check out our kNOwMORE nonprofit segment about this festival!
The year 2015 marked the 40th Annual Woodland Arts Fair! The Woodland Art Fair is hosted by Nancy Barron and Nancy Barron & Associates, Inc. This local community event hosts 200 artists, live music & food and fun for the whole family.
With a mission to challenge, educate, engage, and enhance our community through visual art, The Lexington Art League envisions a world where art, artists, and art-making are central to human inspiration, self-realization, and meaning.
The “Big Tent” started at the Woodland Art Fair in 2013. It was used as a way to show the Lexington Art League’s presence at the fair. It now provides interactive art experiences for all ages. There will be four featured artists at the Big Tent this year. The 2015 featured artists are Matthew Cook of Border State, David Kenton Kring, Dronex, and Sarah Jane Sanders. kNOwMORE nonprofits was out at the festival interviewing individuals about the nonprofits that help support and run these festivals!