After having a really good chicken, bacon, ranch wrap with beer battered fries for lunch in Cliffview at the Mountain Grillhouse Cafe, l drove around to see some active zip lining. There was a group of about 10 people getting ready to start on the first trail. A mommy dear and her two fawns were grazing right next to the road. They didn't even move when I slowly drove by, stopped and took their picture. It's not every day you see a site like this. It is a rare site for visitors from the city on vacation. That's one thing about living in the Red River Gorge and Eastern Kentucky...you get to experience wildlife up close.
On Saturday, there was a storm that went trough Beattyville. It only lasted a short 10 minutes but caused around $10,000 worth of damage to the new Beattyville City Park playground equipment. Just recently, May 18th, the community got together and installed $30,000 worth of equipment through a Playful City USA/Snapple/Kaboom grant. The large tree just happen to fall on the largest and most expensive unit. The group of volunteers who put so much work into the park beautification was near tears when they saw the damage. They were just waiting on the restrooms to be finished before having an official grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting. This will have to wait just a bit longer. The City of Beattyville is looking into insurance and warrantee information for the equipment.
The photo was in this week's Three Forks Tradition newspaper in Beattyville, Kentucky. The caption reads:
"The folks crowding around the L&A (Louisville & Atlantic) engine are celebrating the completion of the Yellow Rock Tunnel in 1901-1902 to open a rail line between Ravenna and Beattyville. This train was the first to make the trip. A few short years later the L&A sold to the & L&N (Louisville & Nashville).
Lee County will be returning to the Ky State Fair August 15-25th for the second time. That's right, donut burgers, fried kool-aid, and access to over 800,000 visitors! We will be in the "Pride of the Counties" exhibit and sharing booth space with our neighbors Powell, Estill, and Wolfe Counties. Estill and Wolfe have never been before so this is a great opportunity to regionally promote our area. We will offer brochures, sign ups for prizes, and great conversation to people visiting our booth. We are currently looking for volunteers to man the booth and gift items to use for prizes and giveaways. I can't wait till this year's activities. Maybe I can get my picture with Duck Dynasty!
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This event has been rescheduled for July 26th.
Traveled to Hazard, KY to the KRADD building and participated in the Berea College's Entrepreneurship for the Common Good Class Workshop. Students were split up into traveling groups and went into counties all over the KRADD region. They wrote reviews on large social media platforms (such as Yelp, Trip Advisor, Facebook, Pinterest) to boost small business listings and visibility online. In the workshop, business owners attended and learned how these media platforms can be used in their business advertising, promotion, creating a relationship with customers, and overall impacting bottom line sales. It was a great workshop! Well done Cheyanna, Brock, Solomon, Mila, and Amber! Visit again soon!