The Great Race coming here on June 24

The Great Race is coming!  On June 24, 120 vintage cars will roll into Owensboro on a 2,300-mile nine-day race from San Antonio, Texas, to Greenville, South Carolina.  The oldest car competing was made in 1916.  Cars from Japan, England, Germany, Canada and all over the United States will be in the race, competing for…

Bourbon Trail drew 1.7 million in 2019

Last year, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail and its companion Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour drew 1.7 million visitors from around the world, including 5,308 who toured Owensboro’s O.Z. Tyler Distillery.  Owensboro’s numbers are expected to grow even more as Duke Spirits prepares to launch its John Wayne Experience featuring memorabilia from the iconic western film…

Owensboro Hydrofair expected to boost tourism, economy

Owensboroans have always loved the high-speed, fast-paced, roaring engines of the Owensboro Air Show. Now, we’re bringing more of that excitement to the water at the Owensboro Hydrofair!  50 teams will travel from across the country to compete in “nonstop racing action” on the Ohio River on August 14-16.  Die-hard fans from as far as…

Joslin video goes viral

Chris Joslin, executive director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, played the national anthem on his banjo at the 2A Basketball Championships at the Owensboro Sportscenter.  The Hall of Fame and Visit Owensboro later posted a video of the performance to Facebook which quickly went viral.  At the time of the Messenger-Inquirer…

Owensboro, mutton featured on ‘Kentucky Life’

Beloved Owensboro staples like the International Bar-B-Q Festival and Moonlite Bar-B-Q have been brought to national television through Kentucky Educational Television’s “Kentucky Life.” The segment has featured the best of Kentucky people and places for over 25 years. Owensboro’s shining moment focused on the history of mutton in the region and its growing popularity across…

Basketball, cattlemen to have $800,000 impact

Owensboro hosted both the Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association conference and the Kentucky 2A Basketball Championships last week.  The two events were expected to bring sixteen teams and 1,000-plus conference attendees which generated $800,000 into the local economy.  These events were exciting opportunities not only for their economic impact but for the future of the tourism industry…

Officials confident 2020 will bring strong local economy

The local economy is bound to be booming in 2020!  Owensboro has experienced a steady trend of economic growth for the past few years which will begin to ramp up in the up-coming year.  From redeveloping Towne Square Mall to more conventions to new apartments and hotels, big things are happening!  Owensboro is becoming a…

First Writers on the River event set for November 2020

Readers, writers, and book lovers alike­– get excited about this one-of-a-kind event set for 2020!  Local published author and literacy specialist for Owensboro Public Schools, Amy Bellamy, is founding the first-ever Writers on the River event scheduled for Saturday, November 7.  This one-day event takes place at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum…

West Kentucky Boat & Outdoor Show

Where can you go to find all things boating and outdoors-related right here in Owensboro?  Take care of all your hunting, fishing, camping, and boating needs at the largest outdoor show in the region!  The Owensboro Convention Center is hosting the West Kentucky Boat & Outdoor Show, formerly known as the Kentucky Sportsman Show, Friday…

Downtown hotel should help draw larger conventions

The new downtown hotel, Home2Suites by Hilton, will be a transformative addition to Owensboro and its bustling tourism development.  The new hotel is located on Second Street across from the Owensboro Convention Center and is set to open for guests in April 2021 or sooner.  The 120-room hotel gives Owensboro three downtown hotels to help…