Back in 2007 the late U.S. Senator Jim Bunning helped to pass a resolution declaring September as ‘National Bourbon Heritage Month‘. It was that same resolution that first introduced the world to the phrase ‘America’s Native Spirit’.
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) designates September 2007 as “National Bourbon Heritage Month”;
(2) recognizes bourbon as “America’s Native Spirit” and reinforces its heritage and tradition and its place in the history of the United States; and
(3) recognizes the contributions of the Commonwealth of Kentucky to the culture of the United States.
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival is as close to the original and authentic bourbon festival as you will find anywhere. The festival started back in 1992 long before bourbon saw a boom as a celebration of all the people who’ve contributed to the state’s signature industry for generations. Since then it’s grown to attract 50,000+ fans a year from across the United States and 13+ countries. Fast forward to 2020 and the new September challenge is how to cram all the festivals, events, concerts, tastings, grand openings, and new releases across America’s 50 states into just 30 days! That said this is a great problem to have for America’s Native Spirit.
2020 Kentucky Bourbon Festival to Take Place Over 5 Days
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival leadership team has announced that next year’s festival will take place Wednesday, September 16 through Sunday, September 20, 2020. The Festival which draws novice and experienced Bourbon lovers to Bardstown, Kentucky the Bourbon Capital of the World will celebrate the storied history of distilling America’s native spirit during National Bourbon Heritage Month.
Few details were provided but Festival organizers say that they will continue to host signature events in 2020 in addition to new guest experiences.
Typical Kentucky Bourbon Festival activities include the following events.
- Free tours of the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History
- Educational Classes on the Science of Bourbon
- The World Championship Barrel Relay Race
- The Master Distiller’s Auction of Vintage items and bottles of bourbon
- The Great Bourbon Tasting & Cocktail Party
- Numerous one of a kind tours at Bardstown’s famous distillery’s.
- The All-Star Bourbon Sampler
- Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
“Each event for the 2019 Festival year outsold the events in 2018” says Josh Hollifield of Barton 1792 Distillery and Kentucky Bourbon Festival Chairman. “What that says is, as a whole, our Festival attendees and friends of the industry are as engaged as ever – we’re keeping that momentum in 2020 and for the years to come.”
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Tickets for the 2020 Kentucky Bourbon Festival will be made available for purchase during the summer of 2020.