Kentucky Living readers have spoken. At the ‘Best in Kentucky’ awards presentation at the Kentucky State Fair, the Commonwealth’s most widely circulated print publication announced its readership’s top choices in 25 categories.
A renovation project in downtown Mt Sterling was also announced as the winner of Governor Matt Bevin’s ‘Beautify the Bluegrass’ campaign, a partnership with Kentucky Living to encourage Kentuckians to enhance and improve their local communities.
Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs and Miss America 2000 Heather French Henry emceed the ‘Best in Kentucky’ show which also included a live performance by ‘Best in Kentucky’ winner Jericho Woods.
Published monthly by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, Kentucky Living’s mission is to create a community of people who take pride in themselves as Kentuckians and to improve their quality of life.
“We love Kentucky,” said Joe Arnold, KAEC Vice President of Communications. “These awards are a terrific partnership with our amazing readers to celebrate and support the Commonwealth.”
For the ninth year, readers voted on KentuckyLiving.com to select winners from all over Kentucky, representing nearly every region of the Commonwealth and in categories representing the best in Kentucky destinations, food, drink, personalities, outdoors and shopping.
Kerri Lee Hensley and Melissa Gross accept Berea Craft Festival’s 1st Place Award for Arts and Crafts Fair at the 2018 Best in Kentucky Awards. Hensley and Gross are pictured with emcee Heather French Henry following Kentucky Living’s awards show at the Kentucky State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, in Louisville, Ky., on the Gourmet Garden stage. (Photo by Brian Bohannon)
This year’s awards included the announcement by Governor Bevin of the ‘Beautify the Bluegrass’ winners. Governor’s Award Winner Mount Sterling receives a barbecue dinner for 200 team members with the Governor and Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton. A project by the London Downtown Board and London Tourism received the Commonwealth Award, while Bevin recognized efforts by Fleming-Mason Energy as the top project by an electric cooperative.
Best in Kentucky winners from Madison and Rockcastle Counties include:
Berea Crafts Festival 1st Place: Arts and Crafts Fair
Fort Booneborough State Park 2nd Place: Historic Site
Renfro Valley Entertainment Center 2nd Place: Arts/Music Venue
To see a full list of winners, click here.