People travel from all over the world to visit Kentucky. They come to watch University of Kentucky basketball games, bet and watch horses race, or fish in our many rivers and streams. Some come to visit our coal mines, Civil War sites, or Shaker homes. Others come to visit out parks and campgrounds. People come from all over the world to visit our festivals and buy local hand made crafts. All of these things are part of tourism.
People who visit places away from their homes are called tourist. You can even be a tourist in your own state. Tourist spend money on food, gas, hotels, and activities. All of these things earn money for our businesses and workers. Tourism employs thousands of people and make millions of dollars for the state.
Harland Sanders was born to a coal mining family. When his father died, his mother went to work. He had to learn to cook for his family. He owned his first restaurant 75 years ago in Corbin, people came from miles around to eat his secret-recipe fried chicken. Today, people eat more than a billion KFC chicken dinners every year! Harland’s recipe is so secret that half of it is locked in one safe, and the other lies in a separate safe.
Duncan Hines was born in Bowling Green in 1880. Today, store shelves are lined with Duncan Hines cake and pancake mixes, frosting, jelly, pickles, mushrooms, ice cream toppings, steak sauce, and bread. Duncan Hines is one of the most famous brand names in America.
The Jif peanut butter plant in Lexington is the largest peanut butter factory in the world. If you spread all the peanut butter made each year in Lexington on a football field, it would make a layer 55 feet thick! It takes more that 1,000 peanuts to make one jar of Jif peanut butter.
Over 20 years ago, a high school student named John Schnatter turned a closet in the back of his dad’s tavern into a kitchen. He began selling his pizzas and people loved them. In just a short time he was able to expand his business. That was the beginning of Papa John’s Pizza. Today there are over 3,000 Papa John’s Pizza stores. Based in Louisville, it is the third largest pizza company in the world.
The internet makes it easy to visit Kentucky with a computer. The Kentucky Department Of Tourism has information on many things to do here. Today you are going to check out some of the interesting and fun things to do in Kentucky. Check out Kentucky at the following web site: http://kentuckytourism.com. Search the site for things to do and see in our state.