July 16, 2020

Festival of the Horse Moves to 2021 for Triple Celebration
Festival combines with sister-city and friendship garden fetes for grand event

Georgetown/Scott County Tourism has made the decision to reschedule this year’s Festival of the Horse, originally set for September of 2020. Instead, the Tourism office will throw its energies and resources into and the spotlight onto a triple celebration in the fall of 2021. This will include the 40th anniversary of the Festival of the Horse, a chance to honor Georgetown’s sister-city of Tahara, Japan – a relationship marking its 31st year in 2021– and recognizing Yuko-En on the Elkhorn, the Official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden, hitting 21 years in 2021. MORE

May 1, 2020

Celebrate National Travel and Tourism Week with us

It may be stay-at-home time, but National Travel and Tourism Week calls for a celebration that honors the thing we love to do most: travel, explore, learn, discover. MORE

April 6, 2020

Yuko-En on the Elkhorn is a Different Kind of Spa Visit – And What is Needed Now

As people look for scenic spaces to stroll outdoors and maintain safe social distancing, Georgetown, KY invites fresh air seekers to visit a pocket of paradise designed specifically for this purpose: Yuko-en on the Elkhorn. MORE


March 31, 2020

Kentucky destination reaches out as world hits ‘pause’

KY’s Horse Headquarters shares news, virtual tours, Insta-worthy images, recipes, tips for the times, locals’ acts of kindness and more MORE



March 13, 2020

CORONAVIRUS update in Georgetown, Kentucky

A statement from Lori A. Saunders, Executive Director, Georgetown/Scott Tourism, regarding COVID-19 MORE



NOVEMBER 21, 2019

Celebrate Small Business Saturday By Shopping Local For The Holidays

Contact: Natalie Partin

This year’s Small Business Saturday, set for Nov. 30, is an opportunity to discover, celebrate and support Georgetown’s many small businesses. A promotion launched in 2010 by American Express to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses, it is a day to recognize all contributions small businesses make to the local community, including economic development, jobs, charitable donations and more. MORE


NOVEMBER 12, 2019

Kentucky’s Grandest Greek Revival-Style Mansion Lights Up For The Holidays

Contact: Natalie Partin

Ward Hall will be resplendent with the glow of countless candles during its annual Christmas Candlelight Tours, this year taking place Dec. 6, 7 and 8 and Dec. 13 through 17. The mansion is located not far from downtown Georgetown, whose picturesque Victorian-era streetscapes, decorated storefronts and holiday window displays, illuminated by the glow of the lamp posts, turn it into a charming Kentucky Christmas town each year. MORE


AUGUST 14, 2019

The 39th Annual Festival of the Horse Gallops into Kentucky Horse Headquarters

Contact: Natalie Partin

The 39th Annual Festival of the Horse gallops into Kentucky Horse Headquarters the weekend of September 6-8, bringing with it more live music than ever before. MORE


JULY 24, 2019

A Cup of Common Wealth Opens Georgetown Location

Contact: Laura Shrake

A Lexington-based coffee shop has expanded to Georgetown and is set for Grand Opening ceremonies on Friday, July 26, 2019. These festivities will include a ribbon cutting with the Georgetown / Scott County Chamber of Commerce at 10 a.m., as well as other events throughout the day. MORE


JULY 18, 2019

2019 Horsey Hundred Yields Record-Breaking Attendance

Contact: Natalie Partin

Hosted on the grounds of Georgetown College since 1983, Horsey Hundred tops its registration high after its 2019 event on May 24-26. This leading central Kentucky cycling event continues to expand its participation with 2,740 riders from 33 states, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand, and makes a substantial economic impact on its host community of Georgetown/Scott County. MORE


JULY 15, 2019

Rescheduled Elkhorn Creek Float Fest Returns for Second Year

Contact: Natalie Partin

The second annual Elkhorn Creek Float Fest – cancelled in late May – has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3, at Peninsula Park in Scott County. This family-friendly event features a full day float from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Kentucky’s longest and loveliest creek and includes music, food and prizes and a chance to learn about local waterways. MORE


MAY 6, 2019

Bike-Friendly Georgetown Welcomes Horsey Hundred Participants

Contact: Natalie Partin

Since Georgetown College began hosting the Horsey Hundred in 1983, the event continues to increase the number of cyclists on Scott County roads as more and more participants discover this bike-friendly community. Sponsored by the Bluegrass Cycling Club, it is now a leading central Kentucky cycling event, bringing visitors from 35 different states and Canada. MORE


MAY 1, 2019

Downtown Georgetown Concert Series Celebrates 10 Years

Contact: Natalie Partin

Georgetown lets the good times roll beginning May 25 with the kick-off of its annual Party in the Park event and continuing through Sept. 5 with pop-up parties on the square as part of the celebration for the 10th anniversary of its Downtown Georgetown Concert Series. MORE


APRIL 24, 2019

Four Family-Fun Festivals Headline Summer Calendar

Contact: Natalie Partin

Family fun festivals rule summertime entertainment in Georgetown and feature traditional bluegrass music, a float on Kentucky’s longest creek, the model horse world brought to life with spectacular equine performances, and a three-day equestrian extravaganza. Events are set for June, July and September this summer. MORE


APRIL 17, 2019

National Travel and Tourism Week Celebrates All That Travel Is

Contact: Natalie Partin

May 5 through 11 is National Travel and Tourism Week in 2019, and destinations across the country, including Georgetown/Scott County, are celebrating all the reasons #TravelMatters each day. MORE


MARCH 12, 2019

A deliciously epic week returns to Georgetown, KY

Contact: Natalie Partin

Hot browns, hot dogs, and hot, hot deals – 17 local Georgetown hotspots heat up springtime with the 2nd Annual #GtownEats Week, March 23 through 30. #GtownEats Week returns with delicious vengeance as local Georgetown restaurants, bakeries and drinking establishments offer exclusive items and meal deals – only available during this designated week. MORE


FEBRUARY 21, 2019

Georgetown Tourism Evaluates 2018, Predicts Constant Progression

Contact: Natalie Partin

Georgetown/Scott County Tourism spent a very busy 2018 bringing visitors to its many attractions and lodgings, raising its profile among social media users and motorcoach operators, hosting travel media, organizing events and proactively spreading the word about the city as an enticing destination through speaking engagements, advertising and promotional campaigns, and editorial stories whose publication alone represented a potential circulation/readership of more than 40 million. MORE


FEBRUARY 5, 2019

Harness the Fun in Kentucky’s Horse Headquarters

Contact: Natalie Partin

Harness the fun in Kentucky’s Horse Headquarters at these horse-centric events: Keeneland Spring Meet, Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and the Horsey Hundred and venues: Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm and Whispering Woods Riding Stables. MORE


NOVEMBER 21, 2018

Preview Party at Country Boy Brewing Celebrates Broadcast Premiere

Contact: Natalie Partin

Georgetown and Scott County have starring roles in an episode of KET’s production of “Downstream,” and everyone is invited to a Preview Party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Country Boy Brewery & Taproom to celebrate. MORE


NOVEMBER 9, 2018

My Old Kentucky Foam Raises Its Glass in Georgetown

Contact: Natalie Partin

Kentucky’s newest craft brewery celebrates its official ribbon cutting and open house Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. on Georgetown’s East Main Street. My Old Kentucky Foam was just a dream two years ago, but now, that dream has four walls and a hot brick oven. MORE


NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Discover, Celebrate and Support Small Businesses

Contact: Natalie Partin

Small Business Saturday, set for Nov. 24 this year, is an opportunity to discover, celebrate and support small businesses. American Express launched the promotion in 2010 to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses. Nearly four dozen independently-owned businesses are located in downtown Georgetown, including shops, boutiques, art galleries and antique stores; restaurants and other eateries; salons; even an Irish pub and a small-batch bourbon hub. MORE


NOVEMBER 1, 2018

Meet Hometown Teams at Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibition

Contact: Natalie Partin

The Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibition comes to the Georgetown & Scott County Museum Nov. 17 through Dec. 27, 2018. A Grand Opening will take place on Nov. 17 and two programs featuring special guests are scheduled for mid-December. The exhibit examines the many roles sports play in American society and how they shape our lives, unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. It will examine sports on both a national and local level. MORE


OCTOBER 22, 2018

Three Weekends, Four Christmases

Contact: Natalie Partin

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Southern Lights Holiday Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park with a weekend getaway that also includes the charm of small-town holiday events and activities – a tree lighting, open houses, candlelight tours and live theatrical performances of seasonal classics. Visit www.GeorgetownKy.com to see the Calendar of Events. MORE


SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

Field of Dead Horses Author Visits Georgetown

Contact: Natalie Partin

Kentucky author Nick Allen Brown will visit Georgetown on the weekend of Oct. 5-7 to make two special appearances. The author of Field of Dead Horses, a page-turning mystery set in Georgetown, will discuss and read from his book at Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Farm and at the Scott County Public Library. MORE


AUGUST 13, 2018

The 38th Annual Festival of the Horse Gallops into Kentucky Horse Country

Contact: Natalie Partin

Horse lovers will want to head to downtown Georgetown this fall when the 38th Annual Festival of the Horse gallops into Kentucky Horse Country the weekend of September 7-9. A free-admission event celebrating the role of the horse and its heritage, the festival is packed with fun, including the Grand Parade of Horses, Horse Show & Games, live entertainment, craft beer garden, arts and crafts, tasty food options and family-fun activities like Fox Creek Amusement rides and so much more. MORE


AUGUST 3, 2018

Fall Festivals, Brewery Bazaar and Farm-to-Table Dinner Events

Contact: Natalie Partin

A special evening at the birthplace of bourbon kicks off a busy fall calendar in the midst of Kentucky Horse Country when Chef Justin Thompson hosts the Sept. 7 Seed to Feed Dinner at Royal Spring Park. The same day, the 38th Annual Festival of the Horse gets underway. Also on the calendar: Evan’s Orchards’ Fall Festival beginning Sept. 16, the Oxford Antique Market on Sept. 22 and Country Boy Brewing’s Fall Bazaar on Oct. 7. MORE


 AUGUST 3, 2018

New Tipsy Cow Bar Celebrates Its Grand Opening

Contact: Natalie Partin

The Tipsy Cow, Georgetown’s newest bar and entertainment venue, will hold its Grand Opening on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3 and 4. The event goes lives at 1 p.m. on Friday with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce. That evening Whiskey Creek will perform on the Tipsy Cow stage at 7-9 p.m., followed by Bedford Band, playing 10 p.m.-1 a.m. On Saturday, a full lineup of live music kicks off with Red River Revival, 4-6 p.m.; Tyler Halsey and Stealing Thunder, 7-9 p.m.; and Branden Martin, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. MORE


 JULY 31, 2018

Street Fair, Live Blues and Gospel Music, Pig Roast, Old-Fashioned Basket Meeting

Contact: Natalie Partin

New Zion, a historical and influential African American community in Scott County, celebrates 150 years since its founding on Friday, Aug. 24, through Sunday, Aug. 26, at 122 New Zion Road. The celebration includes live blues music; a street fair with arts and crafts vendors, pig roast, fried chicken and more; an old-fashioned basket meeting with Sunday morning and evenings services and home-cooked dinner; and Back to Basic Gospel Singing. MORE


 JUNE 26, 2018

Dramatic 2017 Economic Impact of Tourism

Contact: Natalie Partin

Tourist activity in Georgetown/Scott County generated $119,195,515 in direct tourist spending in 2017. As a result, each of Scott County’s 18,421 households effectively saved more than $1,000 each. According to the 2017 Economic Impact of Kentucky Tourism report released by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Scott County netted a 5.5 percent increase in 2017, continuing a growth trend in the county and statewide that has held for more than five years. MORE


 MAY 23, 2018

New Elkhorn Creek Float Fest Paddles into Georgetown, KY

Contact: Natalie Partin

The inaugural Elkhorn Creek Float Fest takes place Sat., June 9, at Peninsula Park in Scott County. This new, kid-friendly event features a full day float from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Kentucky’s longest creek and will be filmed by KET’s Downstream Production for a feature about Georgetown. Click here for more details. MORE


MAY 11, 2018

The Party Returns to Downtown Georgetown With Annual Concert Series

Contact: Natalie Partin

It’s a party, it’s a party – a Georgetown party! Georgetown, Kentucky celebrates the summer with their much-anticipated concert series featuring popular bands, local food trucks, beer garden, and new to this year, themed nights. The Party on the Square concerts will take stage in downtown Georgetown once a month from May through September with two big events kicking-off and wrapping-up the series. MORE


MAY 8, 2018

Seed to Feed Dinners Bring Kentucky Celebrity Chefs, Celebrated Author to Georgetown

Contact: Natalie Partin

From the garden to grill to the table, Georgetown, KY boasts an exciting annual event series featuring renowned chefs, delicious, farm-fresh cuisine and unique Georgetown settings. The four 2018 Seed to Feed dinners will dish up appetizing fare from June through October at some of the area’s most popular attractions. MORE


MAY 2, 2018

Scott County Honors Local Vietnam War Veterans with Museum Exhibit

Contact: Natalie Partin

The Georgetown and Scott County Museum will soon feature a new but historic exhibit remembering Scott County residents who served their country in the Vietnam War. MORE


MARCH 28, 2018

Three Exciting Events Triple Springtime Fun in Georgetown, KY

Contact: Natalie Partin

A trio of exciting events returns to Georgetown this spring: The Kite & Culture Festival and Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event both take place in late April and the Horsey Hundred cycles through town Memorial Day Weekend. MORE


MARCH 12, 2018

Eat Your Way Through Georgetown During #GtownEats Week

Contact: Natalie Partin

Irish kisses, free cupcakes and discounted delectables – 16 local Georgetown hotspots have cooked up exclusive meals and deals during #GtownEats, an 8-day culinary celebration for local Georgetown restaurants, bakeries and eating establishments that takes place March 24 through 31. Stop in for special offerings – only available during this designated week – and snap a pic of something yummy. Share it on social media and be entered to win dinner for two at one of the participating restaurants. MORE


FEBRUARY 9, 2018

Downtown Georgetown Reviews 2017, Celebrates a Prosperous Year

Contact: Natalie Partin

With the guidance of Georgetown/Scott County Tourism, Downtown Georgetown prospered in 2017 as a shopping and dining mecca, community gathering spot, must-see visitor attraction, hub for history, and implementer of growth. Through additional advertising campaigns and marketing strategies, the downtown area of Georgetown fostered its own culture and has emerged as a very desirable destination for locals and visitors. MORE


JANUARY 25, 2018

Georgetown Tourism Reviews 2017, Anticipates Continued Growth for 2018

Contact: Natalie Partin

Georgetown/Scott County Tourism spent a very busy 2017 bringing visitors to its many attractions and lodgings, raising its profile among social media users and motorcoach operators, hosting travel media, organizing events and in general spreading the word about the city as an enticing destination through speaking engagements, advertising and promotional campaigns, and editorial stories whose publication alone represented a potential circulation/readership of more than 3 million. MORE


NOVEMBER 15, 2017

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas in Georgetown, KY

Contact: Natalie Partin

Unwrap the joys of a small-town Christmas this year. A parade and tree lighting in the heart of downtown, holiday musicals, candlelight tours, a reading of The Polar Express in a train car, shopping at locally-owned shops and boutiques and a festival with three miles of lights – Georgetown is pure small-town charm, especially during the holidays. MORE


OCTOBER 23, 2017

Georgetown, KY Celebrates Small Business Saturday

Contact: Natalie Partin

Shop small and celebrate your community with the small businesses that make it special – this is the mission of Small Business Saturday, a promotion launched by American Express in 2010 to encourage people across the country to support small, local businesses. With dozens and dozens of independently-owned shops and boutiques, galleries and restaurants – many located in its picturesque Victorian-era downtown, Georgetown makes it easy to support this annual shopping tradition, set for Saturday, Nov. 25, in 2017. MORE


SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

Georgetown Welcomes the CP National Horse Show Oct. 31-Nov. 5, 2017

Contact: Natalie Partin

The CP National Horse Show, a 6-day hunter/jumper event consistently ranked by the North American Riders Group as one of the top shows in the United States, takes place at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park beginning Tuesday, Oct. 31. A full array of hunter divisions, Junior & Amateur Owner Jumpers, the top Open Jumpers from the USA and around the world, and the ASPCA Maclay National Championship will be featured. MORE


AUGUST 29, 2017

The Festival of the Horse Returns for 37th Year in Georgetown, Kentucky

Contact: Natalie Partin

The Annual Festival of the Horse located along Main Street in historic downtown Georgetown takes place on September 8-10, 2017. This three-day event consists of live entertainment, art & craft exhibits, local & regional food options, multiple parades, Fox Creek Amusement rides, horse games, and a youth & open horse show. MORE


AUGUST 24, 2017

‘Best’ Barbeque, Beer, Horseback Riding and Bargains in Kentucky

Contact: Natalie Partin

Four venues with locations in Georgetown, KY, have been awarded “Best In Kentucky” plaques by Kentucky Living magazine. This annual contest, sponsored by the magazine, invites readers to select what they consider to be the very best in Kentucky in a number of categories, including best tourism attraction, family getaway, music festival, arts and crafts fair and more.  MORE


AUGUST 14, 2017

Georgetown, KY Welcomes Fall with Festival of the Horse, Seed to Feed Dinners

Contact: Natalie Partin

The 37th Annual Festival of the Horse kicks off fall fun in the midst of Kentucky Horse Country. This event celebrating the role of the horse and its heritage takes place in Georgetown and features a chili cook-off and family-friendly activities.   MORE


AUGUST 8, 2017

Geocaching Trots Its Way Into Scott County, Kentucky

Contact: Natalie Partin

Grab your handy compass and geographical map for Scott County’s GeoTrot: Geocaching in Horse Country event on Saturday, August 12th. Spend the entire day navigating along country roads passed charming horse farms to some of the most historical locations in Scott County, Kentucky.   MORE


MAY 23, 2017

Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Contributed Nearly $178 Million to Local Economy in 2016.

Contact: Natalie Partin

The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet released earlier this month the Travel and Tourism Industry’s Economic Impact for 2016. The results concluded that Scott County generated approximately $178 million in total tourist spending for the area, which is an increase of 16.1% over 2015.   MORE


FEBRUARY 3, 2017

Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Creates Passport in Efforts to Spread Love to Downtown Businesses.

Contact: Natalie Partin

The month of February kicks off a time of love and admiration in Georgetown, Kentucky. Georgetown/Scott County Tourism presents the town’s first “Love Your Downtown” Passport during February 6-28th hoping to encourage locals and frequent guests to visit the wide variety of Downtown Georgetown businesses.   MORE


JANUARY 12, 2017

Horsey Hundred Generates an Impressive Economic Impact on Scott County, KY.

Contact: Natalie Partin

With the 40th annual Horsey Hundred in sight, the Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commission reflected on the previous year’s event by conducting the 2016 Horsey Hundred Economic Impact Analysis. The first ever cycling event analysis was prepared by University of Kentucky’s Assistant Professor, Dr. Jason R. Swanson, who found that this two-day event contributed more than $623,000 in direct and in-direct expenditures throughout Georgetown and Scott County.   MORE



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