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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Kentucky Bourbon Festival and Kentucky Bourbon Chase Kick Off Fall Fun

 Bardstown presents the best of bourbon at the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. Runners put their best feet forward for the Kentucky Bourbon Chase. And Bardstown, Ky. – the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America” – throws down some serious fall fun. Dare we say, “murder”? Visit www.VisitBardstown.com/tourism and click on “Festivals and Events” for murder mystery train excursions, an antique fair, ghost treks and more.

The best six days in bourbon

The 22nd Annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival pours on the fun Sept. 17-22, as bourbon aficionados gather to show their appreciation for the state’s signature product: Kentucky Bourbon. Meet the master distillers, tour the distilleries to learn the secret to making good Kentucky Bourbon, listen to live music, dine on Southern cooking and sip some liquid gold. Free and paid events. See the schedule of events here: www.KyBourbonFestival.com, 502-348-3623 or 800-638-4877 #4.

The Kentucky Bourbon Chase, Sept. 18-19, is a 200-mile journey across the Bluegrass that begins at Jim Beam Distillery’s American Outpost. Enjoy the theme – “peace, love, bourbon” – and watch the runners as they wend their way through historic bourbon distilleries then across majestic horse country and into small towns colored with autumn’s changing leaves.www.BourbonChase.com

The most wonderful time of the year

Although not quite time to deck the halls and trim the tree, it is the season to wrap up your holiday shopping: The 33rd Annual Bardstown Arts, Crafts & Antiques Fair takes place Oct. 12 and13. Two hundred artists and craftsmen will give you plenty of ideas for gifts for everyone on your list: jewelry, pottery, floral creations, wood items, fabric art and antiques. Enjoy Southern foods and musical entertainment while you shop. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. www.BardstownMainStreet.com, 502-348-4877 ext 110 or 800-638-4877

Some not-so-spooky Halloween fun
Friendly ghosts, goblins and many more surprises await when you and your kids board Kentucky Railway Museum’s Halloween Express, Oct. 26 and 27. Ride the rails through the scenic Rolling Fork River Valley. Costumes encouraged. www.KyRail.org, 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152

On Oct. 27, My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s Kid’s Halloween Excursion departs the station for ghoulish good times. Reservations required. www.KyDinnerTrain.com, 502-348-7300 or 866-801-3463

Mazes, murders and music

New in Bardstown this year is the Field of Terror, a 6.5-acre corn maze filled with haunted scenes. Other fall events: Kentucky Railway Museum’s Murder Mystery Theatre; bourbon and murder mystery-themed excursions aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train; Ghost Treks with Certified Ghost Hunter Patti Starr;a Visit With The Spirits Of Wickland, a 90-minute family-friendly tour led by psychic mediums; and Bardstown Opry, playing traditional country music Friday nights at the Blue Grass Entertainment & Exposition Complex.

Visit www.VisitBardstown.com/tourism for more information on all of Bardstown’s fall festivals and events.