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The “Friends of Rodburn Park” won Kentucky Living’s Beautify the Bluegrass’s Commonwealth Award. The award was presented last week at the State Fair. In the front row are representatives of Rowan County.

The votes are in, the people have spoken, and the Commonwealth has declared their Kentucky favorites.

At its awards show on Thursday at the Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Living magazine announced the 2019 “Best in Kentucky” winners.

The “Commonwealth Award,” chosen by public vote on, was presented to Friends of Rodburn Hollow Park in Morehead.

This is the 10th year Kentucky Living readers have voted to choose the award winners, which in 2019 includes first, second and third place winners in 25 categories, ranging from destinations and food to outdoor activities and beverages.

Sponsored by the Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism Commission, “Best in Kentucky” appears in the September issue of Kentucky Living, the most widely circulated print publication in Kentucky.

Hosted by veterans advocate and Miss America 2000, Heather French Henry, the awards show featured presenters including Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Department of Tourism Acting Commissioner Jay Hall, Kentucky Living columnists Byron Crawford and Dave Shuffett, LEX 18 Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck, WAVE 3 anchor Dawne Gee and CNN contributor Scott Jennings.

“The Best in Kentucky Awards are a celebration of our hometowns and the people and places that make Kentucky a great place to live and visit,” said Anita Travis Richter, Kentucky Living editor. “Every month in the pages of Kentucky Living and every day on, we truly celebrate the energy of Kentucky.”

Appearing to the awards show audience via video, Gov. Matt Bevin announced the 2019 winners of Beautify the Bluegrass, a partnership between his office and Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, the publisher of Kentucky Living.

Beautify the Bluegrass encourages Kentuckians to come together to clean up, renovate and improve public areas in their local communities. This year, 30 projects from all across the state were submitted for consideration.

The Governor’s Award, which includes a barbecue with Gov. Bevin and local project volunteers hosted by Kentucky Electric Cooperatives, was won by Save the Soc, a volunteer group that worked to improve Camp KYSOC in Carrollton.

The Kirksey Ballpark project by West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative was announced as the winner of the Cooperative Award.

“Our goal is for Kentuckians to identify a project in their community that they can be involved in repairing, enhancing, or beautifying,” said Gov. Bevin. “Gather together a group of one, two, three, five, fifty, or a hundred people—however many you need to improve a specific area. From updating landscapes to painting murals, there is so much we can do to beautify our communities. Let’s work together to make the Commonwealth shine.”

Kentucky Living magazine and are published by Kentucky Electric Cooperatives to create a community of people who take pride in thinking of themselves as Kentuckians and as knowledgeable electric co-op members in order to improve their quality of life.

Kentucky Living is read by about one million people each month.

Brad Stacy can be reached at or by telephone at 784-4116.

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