Kentucky Chicken Festival
Thursday, September 22nd – 25th, 2022
Featuring 3 nights at the historic Boone Tavern Hotel in Downtown Berea
This is going to be such a fun trip to one of my favorite states – Kentucky! While there we will stay three nights at the white-columned Boone Tavern Hotel, which is operated by the students from Berea College. The hotel is situated in the perfect spot to explore this gorgeous town and offers luxury-style rooms. While at the hotel you’ll be treated to two, four-course dinners, as well as three hot breakfasts. Their legendary hospitality goes back over 105 years. We’ll also be treated to evening performances at the hotel both nights by local musicians and singers. It will be two unique, Kentucky musical experiences that are sure to entertain you.
A full day of touring is planned for Friday as we ride on the nearby Big South Fork Scenic Railway. You’ll see spectacular scenic vistas and lush vegetation as we head to the gorge area where the Barthell Coal Camp was located. This narrated rail adventure will also feature a Coal Miner’s lunch. Once in Barthell, you’ll have a bit of free time to take in the local sites and tour this former coal and lumber town. A local museum is also open in a historical building that once housed the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company. It should be an interesting experience. Our fun continues that evening with dinner at the Limestone Grill and a wonderful and entertaining show at the Renfro Valley Complex. (Musical guest will be announced soon). This will be a great night in one of Kentucky’s most famous concert venues.
On Saturday we will enjoy a guided tour of pretty Berea. You’ll see the College, the cultural districts, and will stop at the Log House Craft Gallery, and tour the Old Town Artisan’s Village. Afterward, it’s on to the Chicken Festival! As you know Colonel Sanders put London, Kentucky on the map with his famous Kentucky Fried Chicken. This small town celebrates all things chicken with free musical entertainment, vendors from across the country, crazy contests, delicious food, and more Colonel Sanders lookalikes than you have ever seen! Not to mention you’ll see the world’s largest stainless-steel skillet which has served more than 120,000 fried chicken dinners in the past 20 years! You can get your lunch there at any of the many food vendors. I know you’re excited now! It all sounds like great fun to me! After all this ‘egg-citement’ we’ll return to the hotel for another delicious four-course dinner, followed by local entertainment.
This is going to be such a fun trip and really will showcase the rolling hills of eastern Kentucky, along with many local experiences that just can’t be beaten!