Some ground beef, smoked sausage, regular sausage, spices and a lot of love led Team Dean to the winners circle at our annual Charity Chili Cook-Off. Randy Dean, a native of Louisiana, enlisted his son, Philip, to represent the team of Boyle County Attorney Lynne Dean.

Close on their heels were second place winners Harvey's, a Danville restaurant, represented by owner Alex McCrosky and Arthur Denmon. Coming in third were Cash Express' team of Ella Mattingly and Shatarra Taylor. Taking the People's Choice honor was Blue Bird in Stanford's chef Bill Hawkins.

We thank all the great cooks, vendors and sponsors who made this event possible. The Chili Cook-Off helps the Danville Kiwanis raise money for their Christmas for Kids and Seniors. This year they can increase the number of children they help by purchasing clothing and small gifts and also expect to increase the number of senior citizens they support.

Our other cooks were:

Chili Brothers (first place in 2017)
Chili Heads (People’s Choice in 2018)
Fire in the Hole (Brad Simmons, second place in 2017)
Hendog’s BBQ and Catering
Nana C’s 911 Chili (a longtime chili champ)
Ole Chili Team (Gloria Valencia)
Short Fat Guyz Chili (Rick Waldon)
The Caterer (Jerry Houck, much loved caterer)
The Rooster’s Whistle (a coffee catering team who put — you guessed it — coffee in the chili)
Triple J&C BBQ Team (winners of the 2018 Backyard BBQ Competition) with 2 teams

We appreciate all the people who offered free children's activities. Eddie Tamme brought free pumpkins for the children to decorate. The Boyle County Public Library Bookmobile was on hand with free library books. The Boyle County High School Key Club offered free facepainting and balloon animals. Boyle High cheerleaders sold hotdogs.

Thanks also to our awesome judges: Larry Vaught, Chuck Smith, Cameron Mills, and Kentucky Taste Buds Leigh Roach and Tamara Schneider.

And where would this event be without great sponsorship?

Sponsors are:

Platinum: Kentucky Cooperage of Lebanon; PNC Bank; Sellers Engineering of Danville; and The Advocate-Messenger of Danville.

Gold: Boyle County Attorney Lynne Dean, Bruce Devine Roofing of Harrodsburg; and Gibson, for Boyle PVA and Monticello Bank.

Silver: Boyle County Clerk Trille L. Bottom, Buzick Construction of Bardstown; Community Trust Bank of Danville; Corning, Inc. of Harrodsburg; Farmers National Bank in Danville; Monticello Bank in Danville; and Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda of Danville.

Bronze: Bob Allen Motor Mall of Danville; Caverndale Farms of Danville; Central Kentucky Federal Savings Bank of Danville; Gary Chidester for Boyle County Judge-Executive; Danville Eye Center; Fort Knox Federal Credit Union in Danville; Hayslett Mechanical of Harrodsburg; InterCounty Energy of Danville; Keystone Industrial of Junction City; Melton's Great American Deli II of Danville; United Structural Systems of Lancaster; Walnut Springs Farm of Danville; and Wilderness Trace Solar of Danville.

Date: October 20, 2018



If you’re a rye lover, don’t miss Wilderness Trail Distillery’s first release of its Settlers Select cask strength Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey Nov. 3 in our vivitors center. The release begins at 10 a.m. for a first-come, first-served opportunity to purchase a bottle from the one single barrel allotted to the visitor center. There will be a one bottle limit purchase per person.

For this special commemorative release, the rye will be sold in the mahogany Family Reserve Collector boxes for $65 each. If you are not fortunate enough to acquire a bottle from this limited release, don’t despair. Wilderness Trail also is releasing bottles to Kentucky retailers the following week without the first release collectors’ box.

The cask strength, single barrel, Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey offered at the distillery is 101.1 proof, a Kentucky-Rye-style mash bill of 56 percent rye, 33 percent corn and 11 percent malted barley for a broader balance of flavor to offset the more common high rye whiskeys. Wilderness Trail proudly uses Kentucky-grown Heritage rye from a local farm, our award-winning sweet mash process, and for Settlers Select Rye Whiskey, the lowest entry proof into a barrel for aging in Kentucky — 100 proof. Then the rye is bottled at maturity with no chill filtration.

Settlers Select Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey can also be found in Whiskey Advocate’s Fall Buying Guide, highlighting the tasting notes with a prestigious rating of 92.

Date: November 3, 2018 — November 3, 2018


Painting class set

Barrel head painting is back. For $50, join us 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and paint a design on your barrel head. If you have your own design in mind, please submit that design Nov. 3 for it to be stenciled on your barrel head.

We'll have a few snacks and a cash bar. I hear Bourbon fuels the artist's soul.

Class size is limited to 20 people. Register by Nov. 3 by calling 859-402-8707.

Date: November 10, 2018


We're shaping up plans for our Dec. 7 and 8 Holiday Open House. We know one special offering will be for every bottle of Bourbon purchased, your name will be placed in a drawing to win one of 18 Family Collector's boxes we will give away. The mahogany boxes has a $35 value and would make a great Christmas gift.  So, make plans to join us at this special time of the year. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8.

Date: December 7, 2018 — December 8, 2018

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