Times-Tribune Staff Report
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and London’s World Chicken Festival placed in this year’s Kentucky Living “Best of Kentucky” contest.
The magazine, which distributes 500,000 copies to members of the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, sought input from 1.2 million readers in 24 categories about what they like in Kentucky, according to Gil Lawson, spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Parks.
Several Kentucky parks and much beloved attractions are included on the list of winners.
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park was the winner in the “Scenic View” category, with the comment, “Home of Cumberland Falls, the “Niagara of the South,” with its 125-foot wide, 65-foot-high cascade, this scenic view holds the distinction of being the only place in the Western Hemisphere where, during every full moon of the year, if the sky is clear, you can witness a moonbow, or a rainbow at night, for about six days per month. This park is also known for its superb hiking, including the one-and-a-half-mile Eagle Falls Trail No. 9, which takes hikers to the top of the falls.”
The park placed second as a “Favorite Weekend Getaway,” as well as third as an “Outdoor Recreation Spot” and “Iconic Kentucky Landmark.”
Other state parks on the list included the Boots Randolph Golf Course at Lake Barkley State Resort Park in Cadiz (best golf course); Lake Barkley State Resort Park (best weekend getaway); and Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site (best Civil War site), Lawson said.
Other Kentucky State Parks honored with second- or third-place finishes were General Burnside Island State Park Golf Course and Jefferson Davis State Historic Site.
“We appreciate the support we receive from our guests,” Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker said. “It’s great for our parks to be honored this way as we begin the spring and summer travel season.”
London’s World Chicken Festival placed third in the “Annual Festival” category.
The magazine’s website also indicates five readers’ names are drawn at random from all those who voted in the contest for a $100 prize. One of the winners was a Corbin resident, Tammy Wine.
The winners appear in the April issue of the magazine and can be viewed online at www.kentuckyliving.com.