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Kentucky Living names readers’ picks for 2016 Best in Kentucky

Ale-8-One is top Made in Kentucky product

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 14, 2016) — Kentucky Living magazine has released its 2016 Best in Kentucky list, as selected by readers. The lists consisted of 20 categories.


Hardin County Playhouse
Hardin County Playhouse

Outdoor Recreation Spot

Winner: Red River Gorge Geological Area/Daniel Boone National Forest/Gladie Visitor Center—near Stanton

Second Place:
 John James Audubon State Park—Henderson

Third Place:
 Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area—Golden Pond

Bucket List Adventure

Winner (tie): Ziplining at Louisville Mega Cavern—Louisville and Ziplining at Red River Gorge Zipline in Red River Gorge Geological Area—Campton

Second Place: Mammoth Cave National Park—Mammoth Cave

Third Place: 
Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs—Louisville

Fishing Spot

Winner: Kentucky Lake—Murray

Second Place: Lake Barkley—Cadiz-Trigg County, Grand Rivers, Kuttawa, Livingston County

Third Place: 
Cave Run Lake—Morehead

Made in Kentucky

Winner: Ale-8-One—Winchester

Second Place: Woodford Reserve bourbon—Versailles

Third Place:
 Maker’s Mark bourbon—Loretto

Annual Festival (non-music)

Winner: Mt. Sterling October Court Days—Mt. Sterling

Second Place: Glendale Crossing Festival—Glendale

Third Place:
 World Chicken Festival—London

Horseback Riding trail

Winner: Mammoth Cave National Park—Mammoth Cave

Second Place: Cumberland Falls State Resort Park—Corbin

Third Place:
 Wranglers Campground at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area—Golden Pond

Dive/Diner/Drive-In (non-franchise)

Winner: Parkette Drive-In—Lexington

Second Place: Metzger’s Tavern—Henderson

Third Place:
 Root Beer Stand—Corbin

Ice Cream Shop

Winner: 2nd Street Treats—Henderson

Second Place: Chaney’s Dairy Barn—Bowling Green

Third Place: 
Comfy Cow—Louisville

Selfie Location

Winner: Cumberland Falls State Resort Park—Corbin

Second Place: Natural Bridge State Resort Park—Slade

Third Place: 
Henderson Riverfront—Henderson


Winner: John James Audubon State Park Museum—Henderson

Second Place: Wayne County Museum—Monticello

Third Place:
 Kentucky Science Center—Louisville

Kentucky Athlete (current)

Winner: Tyler Ulis—University of Kentucky Basketball

Second Place: Alex Poythress—University of Kentucky Basketball

Third Place:
 Marcus Lee—University of Kentucky Basketball

Vacation Getaway

Winner: Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area—Golden Pond

Second Place: Cumberland Falls State Resort Park—Corbin

Third Place:
 Lake Cumberland—Somerset-Pulaski County, Russell County, Burnside, Monticello-Wayne County, and Albany-Clinton County

Amusement/Water Park

Winner: Kentucky Kingdom—Louisville

Second Place: Beech Bend Park & Splash Lagoon—Bowling Green

Third Place:
 SomerSplash Waterpark—Somerset

Golf Course

Winner: Old Silo Golf Course—Mt. Sterling

Second Place: Doe Valley Golf Club—Brandenburg; and StoneCrest Golf Course—Prestonsburg

Third Place:
 Eagle Trace Golf Course—Morehead

Music Festival

Winner: W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival—Henderson

Second Place: Master Musicians Festival—Somerset

Third Place:
 Poppy Mountain Festival—Morehead

Community Theater

Winner: Hardin County Playhouse—Elizabethtown

Second Place: Henderson Community Theatre—Henderson

Third Place:
 Pine Knob Theatre—Caneyville

Car Show Cruise-In

Winner: Cruisin’ the Heartland—Elizabethtown

Second Place: NCM Michelin Bash—Bowling Green

Third Place:
 Carl Casper’s Custom Car Show—Louisville


Winner: Talon Winery & Vineyards—Lexington

Second Place: Ruby Moon—Henderson

Third Place:
 Elk Creek Vineyards—Owenton

Kentucky Musical Group (current)

Winner: Jericho Woods—Webster

Second Place: Kentucky Headhunters—Edmonton

Third Place:
 Kings Highway—Henderson

Haunted Tour/Walk

Winner: Waverly Hills Sanatorium—Louisville

Second Place: Hardin County Playhouse Ghost Walk—Elizabethtown

Third Place:
 Depot Community Room Spooks and Legends Tour—Henderson