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Bullitt County salutes National Travel and Tourism Week

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  In celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week and the United States’ $2 trillion travel industry, the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission and Bullitt County’s Interstate 65 Welcome Center are hosting a series of free public events this week.

Kicking off with visits from Bowling Green’s National Corvette Museum and Bullitt County’s own Jim Beam Distillery on Tuesday, local National Travel and Tourism Week festivities culminate on Saturday with one of south-central Kentucky’s biggest tourist attractions, Kentucky Down Under.

Bullitt County artisans, including the Mount Washington Quilting Bees and Lebanon Junction painter Carla Gruber, will offer demonstrations on Wednesday, and on Thursday the Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourist and Convention Commission will be on hand with several special guests.

Beginning at 10 a.m., local tourism officials will greet visitors with information about Bullitt County’s most popular tourist attractions, including Kentucky’s official arboretum, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, which will have a reptile expert on hand along with one of his scaly friends.

Kentucky Wineries Association president and owner of Bullitt County’s Forest Edge Winery Brance Gould will discuss the state’s thriving wine industry, while Kentucky Basket Association board member and local resident Madonna Cash will demonstrate the time honored craft of basket weaving. Shepherdsville’s 14th Armored Re-Creations will have vintage military vehicles on display, and local singers Judy Joy and Remedy Trio will perform live.

And on Friday Radcliff-Fort Knox Convention and Visitors Bureau will visit the Bullitt County Welcome Center.

Every year since 1984, the first full week of May has been nationally recognized as National Travel and Tourism Week. Since it was established by Congress in 1983, the U.S. travel community has collectively marked the event in a number of creative ways, from staging local events and conducting media outreach to securing proclamations and resolutions from local legislative bodies.

Director of Shepherdsville-Bullitt County Tourism Troy Beam said local residents should be proud of their community and the mark it has made in the state’s travel and tourism industry, and he encouraged every Bullitt Countian to stop by the welcome center in support of what has become one of the community’s most vital economic engines.

“When it comes to tourism, Bullitt County has a lot to be proud of, and National Travel and Tourism Week is the perfect opportunity to showcase all the great things that are in our nature,” Beam said.

For more information about National Travel and Tourism Week and the industry’s national impact, visit the U.S. Travel Association’s Web-site, www.ustravel.org.

To find out more about National Travel and Tourism Week in Bullitt County, contact Assistant Director of Bullitt County Tourism Alex Wimsatt at 502.543.1901 or alex@travelbullitt.org.