HerKentucky 2014 Summer Fun List: Henderson / Owensboro Edition

Summer is here, y'all, and Kentucky has so much fun to offer! We've found the best ways to have fun in cities and regions across the Commonwealth, and we're thrilled to share them with you! Click here to download our

2014 Summer Fun List for Henderson and Owensboro

. Print it out, check off the fun events you experience, and have a great summer!

HENDERSON

Please allow me to toot the horn of my hometown. Henderson is home to three(!) of the

Top Ten Festivals in Kentucky

, a list compiled by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association.

W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival

You've missed some of the events already, but the good news is that this wonderful festival lasts all week long!

This one is my personal favorite, since I know the founder. I call her Mom. 

Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival

You don't want to miss the 29th year of the Bluegrass Festival, which has evolved

into one of the biggest bluegrass festivals in the country.

Sandy Lee Watkins Songfest

The newest of the Henderson music festivals, this one is named for the late County Judge/Executive,

who loved attending songwriters' festivals. Wouldn't he be proud of this one?

John James Audubon State Park

A few years (decades, whatever) ago, my grandfather was the Head Ranger and my grandmother ran the gift shop at the museum. I thought we owned the park. This was my childhood playground, and I feel such joy taking my own children to visit.

Miles of trails for hiking, a museum full of priceless Audubon artwork,

golf, water, camping. You will never be bored here!

Commonwealth Kitchen + Bar

Plan to share. Get the brussels sprouts. You're welcome.

Horsefeathers Gifts

A few years ago, my mom gave me a lovely, silver horseshoe necklace and told me 

the story of how this mother/daughter team found themselves at the Oscars, their jewelry in the swag bags for the stars

You-pick berries and fruit stand open in July and August.

You can even get your farm fresh eggs here!

Ruby Moon Winery

Enjoy Fabulous Fridays at Ruby Moon!

You can purchase wine by the glass, enjoy complimentary cheese and crackers, and receive 10% off purchases.

Independence Bank 4th of July Celebration

A perfect place to relax with the best view in town. Enjoy fun events like

Yappy Hour (the next one is June 18 at 5:00) or join the party for July 4th,

when Lindsey Williams will be playing and On Deck will also be donating the gate

money to Mark Brooks, who was diagnosed with ALS. Have fun and do good!

Henderson Farmers Market

Support local farms by patronizing the Farmers' Market, open from May through October,

every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8am until 5pm.

Riverwalk

The Henderson Riverwalk's latest section creates a 2.3 mile pathway to enjoy walking or running

along the Ohio River, past Sunset Park, Redbanks Park, and into Atkinson Park.  

OWENSBORO

Before we jump into our Owensboro Summertime Bucket List, let's take a peek into the past:

This is what Veterans Blvd looked like when we left our wedding reception

at the RiverPark Center back in 1999.

Little did we know that Owensboro had some big ideas, because now that same area looks like this:

Smothers Park

No such thing as summertime boredom! 

Big O Musicfest

Quickly becoming another jewel in the area's music festival crown.

This year's headliner? Hank Williams Jr. No big deal.

Reid's Orchard

Pick your own fruit and try out delicious summer crops of peaches, corn, tomatoes,

and summer apples at this fantastic, family owned orchard.

International Bluegrass Music Museum

Home to the world's only museum dedicated to the history and preservation of  bluegrass music.

Also has my vote for best phone number. 1-888-MY-BANJO. That's awesome.

Lure

This place is on my must-try list for our annual summer visit home! 

Moonlite

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Old Hickory

Yes, I have a favorite. No, I won't tell you. Don't worry, you can't make a poor decision here.

Big Dipper

Order a burger through the garden or a divine BLT, and don't forget a banana shake.

Don't forget your cash, either. This place is old school.

Owensboro Symphony Orchestra July 4th Celebration

Oooh and aaah to the sounds of the OSO, joining the spectacular fireworks display.

Owensboro Museum of Science and History

This one is for the kids (and the adults)! Exhibits both fun and fascinating are to be found

 inside this historic building. Admission is only $3 per person.

The Miller House

A fine dining treasure in an intimate setting.

Don't forget to visit Spirits down in the basement!

It's a little bit hipster, a little bit timeless. Check out their impressive

list of bourbons and whiskeys

here

.

Dustbowl

This 9 day outdoor basketball tournament will captivate you!

This year's will be held July 18-25 at Kendall-Perkins Park.

St Joseph's Peace Mission Trek

You just missed this wonderful event, but be sure to put in on your calendar for next year!

Choose your distance and come as you are! Bike, walk, run, and stay for the party at the home of the

generous David and Jean Yewell. All your hard work and play will benefit the children

living at the St. Joseph's Peace Mission and the Yewell Home for Boys.