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Freddie Johnson, Frankfort

Now a third-generation tour guide at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky, Freddie Johnson remembers his first visit to the distillery back when he was 5 years old, holding his grandfather’s hand. The smell of the "angel’s share" never faded and he enjoys sharing it with visitors today.

Explore Kentucky Bourbon Country to see why this is the "Bourbon Capital of the World."



Paul Tierney, Olive Hill

Paul Tierney grew up exploring the caves of Eastern Kentucky, where he now helps others do the same as a park naturalist at Carter Caves State Resort Park in Olive Hill, Kentucky. He says it’s a great place to explore – both above ground and deep below it.

Explore Kentucky's great outdoors to start planning your next adventure.



Michael Blowen, Georgetown

Coming from the big city, Michael Blowen was blown away by Kentucky’s beauty, which he says is "like living in a national park." At Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, Kentucky, he now shares this pastoral landscape with former Kentucky Derby winners by his side.

Explore Kentucky Horse Country to plan your trip to the "Horse Capital of the World."



Sam Bush, Bowling Green

Sam Bush grew up near Bowling Green, Kentucky, surrounded by the music of his family, local musicians and bluegrass legends. It’s that togetherness of impromptu jam sessions that ignited his lifelong passion for bluegrass music – and fueled a Grammy Award-winning career.

Learn about Kentucky's music scene, those who shaped it and where you can hear it today.



Bob Scott, Pikeville

Deep in the land of the Hatfields & McCoys, one of those feuding family’s descendants is preserving history on the very property that was the site of so much conflict years ago. But Bob Scott says there’s no fuedin’ or fussin’ in Pikeville, Kentucky, today – just a great, welcoming place to visit.

Immerse yourself in Kentucky’s rich history at historic sites, museums, trails and more throughout the state.



Dixon Dedman, Harrodsburg

A fifth-generation owner and operator of beautiful Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, Dixon Dedman loves carrying on the time-honored traditions of those before him – food, bourbon, hospitality – something his family has been doing for nearly 100 years.

Discover Kentucky’s signature flavors to see for yourself why it’s Better in the Bluegrass.



Kristin Williams, Paducah

Kristin Williams was an adult herself when she walked away from a stressful corporate job to follow her passion for art and creativity. That led to opening her own gallery in Paducah, Kentucky, where she now helps other adults nurture their creative side, too.

Explore Kentucky's vibrant arts scene to see what will transform you.



Glenn Taylor, Owensboro

Musicians and fans alike gather on the banks of the Ohio River in Owensboro, Kentucky, every year for a music festival like no other. For local festival-goer Glenn Taylor, ROMP showcases a sense of family, community and togetherness that is hard to find most places.

Find your next Kentucky celebration by searching our full calendar of events.