2021 Bar-B-Q Block Party

As vaccinations roll out and Owensboro begins to recover from Covid-19, we’re all looking to the warmer months for the return of our favorite events. One of Owensboro’s most beloved traditions, The International Bar-B-Q Festival, will look a little different this year. 2021 introduces the Bar-B-Q Block Party, a one-day event on May 8.  …

Lacy Green – The Nashville Singer

Lacy Green is a talented Nashville-based singer/songwriter being featured in the upcoming event at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Lacy is one of three artists that will perform in the monthly writer’s round called “The Nashville Songwriter”. This month’s event will take place on March 18 at 7 p.m. and will also…

Hotels hard hit by pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic hit Owensboro on March 13 — Friday the 13th. “One hotel reported that they lost over $50,000 in future reservations,” Mark Calitri, president of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau, said a few days later. “That’s in one day! This type of news indicates to me that April results could be…

Terry Bradshaw’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon

When you hear the name Terry Bradshaw, you likely think of the Pittsburgh Steelers star quarterback who led the team to win the Super Bowl four times between 1975 and 1980. You may also know him now as one of the most iconic sports analysts on broadcast television. Regardless of how you know him, you…

CVB trying to rebuild community calendar

There wasn’t much on the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau’s community calendar during the last nine months of 2020. Most things were canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. But it’s 2021 now, and the CVB wants to hear from people planning “tourism-friendly” events.   “Our calendar keeps the public, both locals and visitors, informed of…

Visit Owensboro Adds New Board Member

The Owensboro Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Visit Owensboro) welcomes Curt Baker to its seven-seat board.  Baker is the general manager of Owensboro’s newest hotel, TownPlace Suites by Marriott.  He brings years of experience in the hotel industry working in hotels across the United States.  Baker will replace Darshana Patel when her term expires…

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, 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…

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…