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Kentucky may be known for its fast horses, but the state’s second favorite past time – bourbon – is drawing record crowds too.
Friday at Buffalo Trace Distillery 2,273 visitors (a new record!) poured in to Frankfort to visit this 243 year old distillery, producers of iconic brands such as Buffalo Trace, Blanton’s, Pappy Van Winkle and many more.
Watch this two minute video https://youtu.be/77m2SikTYVM to see the comings and goings that took place during Buffalo Trace’s 4th annual Oaks Day Festival. The Derby may have its fastest two minutes in sports, but we have the fastest two minutes in tourism!
What do you get when you take a gorgeous Spring day in Kentucky, combine it with the spectacular grounds and the history that is Buffalo Trace, offer tours every half an hour to the line of tour busses bringing in tourists from all over the world? You break one day tourist records with just over 2,000 visitors! And Buffalo Trace wasted no time in rolling out the red carpet for the eager bourbon enthusiasts. With just a day or two to spare, they were able to open a new section of their visitors center to accommodate the masses.
Visitors were delighted by dozens of tour guides, including third generation Trace employee, Freddie Johnson. If you’ve not taken a tour with Freddie, then you haven’t taken a “proper” tour of Buffalo Trace! Johnson synonymous with Buffalo Trace history. After taking a tour, visitors were able to listen to Bluegrass music, sample free bourbon tastings, and purchase bourbon ice cream made with BT spirits.
Happy Oaks Day! And T.G.I.F.!!! Here are some highlights of things of What To Do today in Frankfort.
9:00 am – 4:30 pm – Oaks Day Festival, Buffalo Trace Distillery, the historic distillery is having their Oaks Day Festival featuring live bluegrass music, complimentary tours of the distillery and tastings all day. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the bourbon ball ice cream! Info: 696-5926, 113 Great Buffalo Trace.
6:00 – 11:00 pm – 2nd Annual CASA Derby Eve Gala, Capital Plaza Hotel, this “Black Tie Optional” event is a great party with a cause! Enjoy appetizers, dinner, wine & bourbon tastings, one drink ticket, cash raffle along with live & silent auctions, live music featuring Ivory Joe & the Midnight Howlers. ***NEW***Derby Hat Contest! Former Governor Paul Patton and First Lady Judi Patton will serve as Celebrity Co-Hosts for the evening. Photos taken by April Cole of Digital Expressions/Capital Living will be available for purchase. A donation will be made back to the CASA organization from photo sales. Individual tickets are $65 and reserve tables of eight are $525. For tickets/info contact Rene True at (859)312-6398 or email@example.com.