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KET’s Kentucky Life features Covington’s Devou Park, Lexington the racehorse, Stearns and Old Fort Harrod


KET’s Kentucky Life features Covington’s Devou Park, Lexington the racehorse, Stearns and Old Fort Harrod

For Release: 04/28/17 10:12 AM

KET’s next Kentucky Life spotlights Covington’s largest park and explores the history and legacy of Lexington the racehorse. The program also travels to downtown Stearns and highlights early Kentucky history at Old Fort Harrod. The episode airs Saturday, May 20 at 8/7 pm and Sunday, May 21 at 4/3 pm on KET and Monday, May 22 at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, the program travels to Devou Park, Covington’s largest park, which sits atop one of the highest hilltops along the Ohio River. Featuring 700 acres of rolling hills, the park provides panoramic views of Cincinnati and Covington and is named in honor of the parents of William P. and Charles P. Devou, who donated land for the original establishment of the park in 1910.

Next, the program turns its attention to Lexington the racehorse, who has become the city of Lexington’s official mascot. He’s the blue horse that can be found on banners, city signs and more. Of course the original racehorse wasn’t blue, but rather a revered, record-setting racehorse and leading stallion, who was put on display at the Smithsonian after his death. His remains were returned to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010, around the same time that the city of Lexington adopted him as their official welcome symbol.

Then, Kentucky Life travels to downtown Stearns to highlight several of the shops and businesses that line its bustling downtown streets. Stops include The McCreary County Museum, the Kentucky Coal Crafters shop, Whistle Stop Café and Sweet Creations Gift Shop, which cater to locals as well as tourists who are drawn to the area for its coal history, hiking opportunities and the nearby Big South Fork Scenic Railway.

Finally, the program continues its celebration of Kentucky’s upcoming 225th birthday with a look at the early history of Old Fort Harrod in Harrodsburg. Host Doug Flynn tours the fort for a sense of early settler life and learns about activities the park is planning for June, as part of a statewide celebration of the anniversary of Kentucky’s statehood.

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

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications