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Kentucky Life features Paducah Distilled Spirits, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Wald Cycle Company


Kentucky Life features Paducah Distilled Spirits, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial and Wald Cycle Company

For Release: 05/11/16 12:36 PM

The next Kentucky Life travels to Paducah, where Paducah Distilled Spirits – also known as the Moonshine Company – is producing the legendary clear white whiskey in the heart of the city’s downtown. Plus, the program showcases the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort and visits the Wald Cycle Company in Maysville, makers of bicycle and automotive parts and accessories. The program airs Saturday, May 28 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, May 29 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, May 30 at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, Kentucky Life explores the craft of moonshine distilling at Paducah Distilled Spirits, where visitors can taste traditional moonshine as well as flavored fruit moonshines, including strawberry, lemon and peach varieties. In a nod to its status as the first legal distillery in Paducah since 1920, the company offers free guided tours of its on-site museum, which includes several vintage stills.

Next, the program highlights the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort, which honors the 125,000 Kentuckians who served in the Vietnam War. The unique memorial, which is crafted as a sundial, allows for an individual tribute to each of the 1,103 Kentucky servicemen and women who died in the war.The shadow of the memorial’s 14.6 foot-tall gnomon casts a shadow across the granite, touching the name of the fallen solider on the anniversary of his or her death. Kentucky Life talks with Jerry Cecil, a member of the Memorial’s board of directors, about the importance of the memorial to veterans and their families.

Finally, Kentucky Life travels to Maysville, which has been home to the family-run Wald Cycle Company since 1924. First launched in Sheboygan, Wisc., in the early 1900s, the company is helmed by Maysville residents Ralph, Keith and Dennis Pawsat, the fourth generation of their family to lead the business. Respected worldwide as a maker of quality bicycle parts and accessories – including pedals, training wheels and more – the company currently employs roughly 80 workers and is today the only large-scale American-based manufacturer of the ever-popular, wire-framed bicycle basket. Wald also produces automotive parts for several major auto manufacturers.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Frank Simkonis, Tom Bickel and Matt Grimm.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications