As part of an effort to showcase the state’s growing wine industry, the Kentucky State Fair has added a commercial wine competition to its list of events. The competition features 50 categories and allows Kentucky’s commercial winemakers an opportunity to submit a wide selection of products that are produced and distributed locally. No preliminary competition is required, but all wines entered must consist of 75 percent Kentucky-grown grapes or other Kentucky-grown fruit. Each entry will be showcased throughout the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 14-24, giving competitors extensive exposure to the fair’s 600,000 visitors. Entry forms must be submitted by July 1.
More Kentuckians are registered to vote than ever before in Kentucky, according to figures released by Secretary of State Trey Grayson and the Kentucky State Board of Elections. In total, 2,857,231 citizens appeared on Kentucky’s voter rolls for the May 20 primary election. That compares to the previous record, set in the 2007 general election, which totaled 2,840,898. There were 2,795,013 residents registered to vote in the 2007 primary election and 2,706,593 in the 2004 primary, the most recent comparable election cycle. Voters registered as Democrats comprise 57 percent of Kentucky voters, while 36.4 percent are registered as Republicans and 6.5 percent are registered as “other.”
The Kentucky Arts Council has developed a Web site as a virtual representation of the popular Kentucky Crafted: The Market, an annual retail and wholesale trade show that features exhibits from all regions of the state. The new site was established after attendance at this year’s event was greatly impacted by 15 inches of snow falling in Louisville, where the market is traditionally held. Visitors to www.kycraft.ky.gov are able to view photos and contact information for exhibitors, whose offerings include fine traditional and contemporary crafts and arts, specialty food products, books and musical recordings.