Bourbon and Blue Herons, Saddlebreds and Suspense, Classic Cars and a Derby Classic

Harrodsburg, KY, gears up for a brilliant and busy spring with lots of events
A Chamber Music Festival musician awaits his cue.
A Chamber Music Festival musician awaits his cue.
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HARRODSBURG, Ky. - Feb. 22, 2014 - PRLog -- Kentucky’s oldest town steps lively this spring, offering visitors activities ranging from tutored bourbon tastings and visits to a blue heron rookery to a chamber music festival to an exhibit relating to the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall to high-stepping horse shows and more.See Harrodsburg’s Calendar of Events (

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Toast the arrival of spring with A Spirited Bourbon Dinner (four courses, six bourbons!), March 22, at the largest restored Shaker settlement in America. Welcome the Village’s new arrivals with Breakfast with the Babies on April 12, 19 and 26, a kid-friendly buffet followed by a hands-on introduction to the baby lambs, kids, chicks and other animals.

The Shakers always appreciated a good meal and that tradition continues with a Maple Syrup Breakfast on March 22 and a chance to see how freshly-tapped syrup is made from maple tree sap. Enjoy a good-old-fashioned Friday Night Fish Fry with all the fixins’ on March 21 and 28 and April 4 and 11.

Other activities at the Village include an Intro to Fly Fishing workshop on April 12; guided Wildlife Cruises to the Blue Heron Rookery, May 10 and 17, for an up-close view of a breeding colony during nesting season; and the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass, a weekend of world-acclaimed chamber musicians performing concerts in a restored barn, with special suppers and more, on May 24 and 25. From April 26 through Nov. 2, the 115-passenger Dixie Belle, an authentic sternwheeler, will offer riverboat rides through the scenic Kentucky River Palisades along a stretch of river with high limestone cliffs and untouched natural beauty.

Arts Council of Mercer County Studio & Gallery

Visit the Gallery May 2 through 31 to see “Through a Lens: The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Experience.” The exhibit showcases images captured over an August weekend in 2013 by a community that experienced the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall and memorabilia from the Vietnam War.

On May 25, the Gallery hosts Wes Berry, author of The Kentucky Barbecue Book, for “KY BBQ From the Big Muddy to the Appalachia.” This Kentucky Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau presentation will feature Berry sharing selections from the book and a slideshow of some of the people, pits and plates he experienced during his journeys to mom and pop barbecue joints all over the state.

Mercer County Fairgrounds

Several events will take place at the site of America’s oldest county fair: the crash-em/smash-em Spring Brawl Demolition Derby, April 12; the Walking Horse Derby Classic, May 3; and the Spring Saddlebred Horse Show, May 25. Join the spectators to see the horses known for their athleticism, beauty and grace.

Other spring events

Enjoy Harrodsburg’s charming downtown with specialty shops; old-fashioned soda counter at the Kentucky Fudge Company; the production, “Radio Suspense Theatre,” at the Ragged Edge Community Theatre on April 25 to 27 and May 2 to 4; and a Classic Car Cruise-In on May 10.

Book a stay at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill where more than 70 guest rooms, suites and private cottages are spread throughout 13 restored 19th century buildings; the Beaumont Inn – a former school for young ladies that combines hotel amenities with bed and breakfast ambience; the nearby all-inclusive Bright Leaf Golf Resort; or other lodging option. Visit for details.


Karen Hackett (, Executive Director

Harrodsburg/Mercer County Tourist Commission

800-355-9192 or 859-734-2364

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HARRODSBURG, KY (|Sitting amidst four National Register Historic Districts in the heart of Kentucky’s famed Bluegrass region, Kentucky’s oldest city is one of the coolest places in history. Harrodsburg is full of the unexpected. Eight bourbon distilleries and a dozen wineries are a short drive away. There are horseback riding trails, backroads and byways for bicycle enthusiasts, and outdoor water sports from kayaking to skiing. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, America’s largest restored Shaker community, and Beaumont Inn, the state’s oldest family-operated country inn, are here. Commemorating the first permanent settlement west of the Allegheny Mountains is Old Fort Harrod State Park with full-scale replica fort. Providing an up-close view of one of the most unique ecosystems in the country, the geologically ancient Kentucky River Palisades, is the authentic 115-passenger Dixie Belle sternwheeler. Authentic, affordable, family-friendly – and full of the unexpected. This is Harrodsburg. facebook/Harrodsburg

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