We are expecting some of the area's finest cooks to join us Saturday to compete for trophies and prize money for a good cause. Wilderness Trail's Charity Oct. 20 Chili Cook-Off helps the Danville Kiwanis raise money for their Christmas for Kids and Seniors.

Our cooks are:

Blue Bird
Cash Express
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
Randy Dean (a Cajun cooking legend)
Nana C’s 911 Chili (a longtime chili champ)
Rick Waldon
The Caterer (Jerry Houck, much loved caterer)
The Rooster’s Whistle (this coffee catering team will put — you guessed it — coffee in the chili
Triple J&C BBQ Team (winners of the 2018 Backyard BBQ Competition) with 2 teams

This is a very family-friendly event. Free offerings for children include pumpkin decorating, library books from the Boyle County bookmobile, and facepainting by the Boyle County High School Key Club. Boyle High cheerleaders will sell hotdogs. Angela Frisby Photography will offer fall portraits for $25 that include four edited photos that you owned the printing rights. We have some great vendors, so come shop and eat.

Tickets are available at the door and ticket holders have the hard task of naming the People's Choice Award winner. We have a panel of celebrity judges who will name the other winners.

The event is 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at the distillery, 4095 Lebanon Road. If you are interested in entering your chili or being a vendor, email Emily@wildernesstrailky.com.

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


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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