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Kentucky Life features Powell County’s Joe Bowen, Fulton’s Banana Festival and more


Kentucky Life features Powell County’s Joe Bowen, Fulton’s Banana Festival and more

For Release: 01/29/19 1:14 PM

The next episode of KET’s Kentucky Life spotlights Powell County adventurer Joe Bowen, Fulton’s Banana Festival and the historic path of mammoth bones from Big Bone Lick to Jefferson’s Monticello. The program airs this Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, Feb. 3 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, Feb. 4 at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, viewers meet Joe Bowen, who has spent a lifetime adventuring across America via bicycles and stilts – raising thousands of dollars for charity along the way. Bowen, a Powell County native, has logged more than 14,000 miles on his treks, including two turns as an Olympic torch bearer. The program talks with him about the motivation for his journeys and the impact he’s had on Kentucky and the world.

Then, Kentucky Life explores the history of mammoth bones found in Big Bone Lick and how they eventually ended up at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

Finally, the program highlights Fulton’s Banana Festival, an annual celebration that pays tribute to the town’s one-time reputation as the “Banana Capital of the World” thanks to its role as a prominent railway distribution point for the fruit in the late 1800’s. The highlight of the recent festival included the making of a record-setting, one-ton banana pudding.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Chelsea Gorham, Frank Simkonis and Angelic Phelps.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications