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Kentucky State Bourbon Festival

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Incorporated

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Incorporated

Bardstown, Kentucky

Adopted on April 6, 2000

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Incorporated was adopted as Kentucky's State Bourbon Festival on April 6, 2000.

Celebrate the history and making of Kentucky's signature product, Kentucky Bourbon.  Enjoy distillery tours, education opportunities about bourbon, displays, music and entertainment. Some free events, some paid events. 

The annual celebration of America's native spirit will feature more than 40 major events and attractions. Events will range from the Great Kentucky Bourbon Tasting & Gala to the World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay. Festival-goers can also learn about bourbon mixology and cooking with bourbon.

Kentucky State Bourbon Festival:
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Incorporated

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, IncorporatedSince 1776, the people of Bardstown, Kentucky have been making Bourbon. Their dedication to the fine art of distilling eventually gave Bardstown the title of Bourbon Capital of the World. Come celebrate this passion and history at The Kentucky Bourbon Festival.

The Kentucky Bourbon Festival gives you 6 full days of smooth Bourbon, delicious food, and great entertainment, with a healthy dose of Kentucky hospitality thrown in for good measure. From black tie galas to historical tours, there is something for all ages and interests. It's a wonderful six-day event full of activities for the whole family.

Beautiful Bardstown is a historical treasure nestled away in the Kentucky countryside. There are shops, fine restaurants, trains, museums and of course the distilleries that have made Bardstown famous the whole world over. Come celebrate the spirit of Kentucky at:
Kentucky Bourbon Festival
One Court Square
Bardstown, KY 40004
(800) 638-4877 ext. #4

Kentucky Act

AN ACT designating the official state bourbon festival.

WHEREAS, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival held annually in Bardstown, Kentucky, on the third weekend of September is the first and oldest Kentucky bourbon festival, having been established in 1991; and

WHEREAS, the Bardstown festival equally showcases all Kentucky distilleries and related industries for domestic and international visitors and press, with the 1999 festival attracting people from twenty states and ten foreign countries; and

WHEREAS, in addition to demonstrating the use of bourbon and bourbon by-products in cooking, agriculture, and aquaculture, the Kentucky Bourbon Festival provides food, arts and crafts, a variety of musical events, and an ever-increasing number of additional activities for children and adults that serve to promote the Commonwealth of Kentucky; and

WHEREAS, the proceeds from the Kentucky Bourbon Festival have benefited numerous nonprofit organizations and schools, a practice to be expanded by dedicating a portion of the proceeds from the September 13-17, 2000 Festival to the funding of a scholarship to be awarded to the child of a distillery worker;

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:


The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Incorporated, of Bardstown, Kentucky, is named and designated the official state bourbon festival.
On page 1, line 3, by placing "(1)" before the word "The"; and
On page 1, following line 4, by adding the following:
"(2) The "Haydon House" is designated the official Kentucky residence for transient Kentucky legislators visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Festival."

Kentucky Law

The law designating the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Incorporated, of Bardstown as the official Kentucky state bourbon festival is found in the Kentucky Revised Statutes, Title 1, Chapter 2, Section 2.400.


 2.400 State bourbon festival.
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Incorporated, of Bardstown, Kentucky, is named and designated the official state bourbon festival.
Effective: July 14, 2000
History: Created 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 363, sec. 1, effective July 14, 2000.

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