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Short's Goldenrod Festival

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Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Sept. 29, 2007

The Short’s Goldenrod Festival is a celebration of one of the rarest plants in Kentucky and the United States. Dr. Charles Wilkins Short first discovered Short’s goldenrod in 1840 at the Falls of the Ohio near Louisville, Kentucky. In the 1920s, construction of the McAlpin Dam flooded Rock Island and the goldenrod was lost. The species was thought to be extinct when E. Lucy Braun rediscovered it in 1939 near Blue Licks, Kentucky. Until recently, the 2 square miles around the park was the only known location in existence. Today, Short’s goldenrod is threatened by habitat loss. Maintaining habitat for this very rare plant requires intense management such as prescribed fire and invasive plant control. All proceeds from the festival will go towards efforts to preserve Short’s goldenrod. Learn more about Short's goldenrod by visiting the Kentucky Rare Plants Database.

Schedule of Events

2007 events schedule will be posted late spring/early summer.
The following is a list of events from the 2006 festival:

 

8 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. 5K run and one-mile walk (2006 Race Results)
11 a.m. Farmers’ market (all day)
Canoe ride (1.5 hours)
Goldenrod nature walk (1 hour)
East Kentucky Power: Live animals (1 hour)
Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources: Native plant workshop (30 min)
11:30 a.m. Sierra Club: Free-range chicken workshop (30 min)
12-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Kentucky Division of Waste Management: Recycling workshop (30 min)
John Barker: The mystery of rocks (1 hour)
1:30 p.m. University of Kentucky: Climate change workshop (30 min)
2 p.m. Storytelling by Kentucky author George Ella Lyon (1 hour)
Canoe ride (1.5 hours)
Nature walk (1.5 hours)
Kentucky Division of Forestry: Emerald ash borer workshop (30 min)
2:30 p.m. Bluegrass Pride: “Green” lawn workshop (30 min)
3:30 p.m. Pie eating contest
4 p.m. Reel World String Band

Nature Preserve and State Park Information
Blue Licks State Park Nature Preserve
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park 

Directions
The state park is in Robertson County just north of the Licking River on US 68. From Maysville, take US 68 south 25 miles to park entrance; from Paris, take US 68 north 23 miles to park entrance; from Cynthiana take KY 32/36 east 14 miles to US 68, take US 68 north 9 miles to park entrance.
Link to Directions via Google Maps
Sponsors
Short's Goldenrod Festival Sponsors
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor contact Alice Mandt at (502) 573-2886 or alice.mandt@ky.gov.

Short's Goldenrod Festival
• Schedule of Events (PDF) coming spring 2007
Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission - Alice Mandt
801 Schenkel Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-573-2886
Fax: 502-573-2355
E-mail: alice.mandt@ky.gov