In May, Madison County was visited by a 17 member delegation from its sister region in Japan. This was yet another step in building stronger relations between Madison County and the Yatsugatake Region. The visit was organized and hosted by Madison Counties International Committee. Committee members include: Randy Osborne, Glen Jennings, Billy Ray Hughes, Norm Graves, Bill Connor, John Tummel, Vi Farmer, Roger M. Oliver and Jim Leake.
The sister region agreement between Madison County, Kentucky and the Yatsugatake Region in the Yamanashi Prefecture of Japan began in 1989 and has steadily grown ever since. This sister region relationship is an extension of the sister city agreement between Berea, Kentucky and Kiyosato, Japan established in 1988. To date, Madison County is the only county in Kentucky with a sister region in Japan.
This year’s week long visit was highlighted by trips to surrounding area attractions. The attractions included a visit to the Kentucky State Capital and the Governor’s Mansion, a visit to the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a trip to the Jackson County Hoot and Holler Old Western Town and a music show at Renfro Valley. Accommodations were provided by Berea College in the Boone Tavern Hotel and transportation was provided by E K U.
Written by Chad Hembree
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