Alltech will expand on its Alltech National Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park with its first-ever Kentucky Gathering, Oct. 29 to Nov. 3.
The Kentucky Gathering: A Celebration of Horses, Heritage and Hops will include family-friendly activities held alongside the equine competition.
The Kentucky Gathering will highlight the best of Kentucky, just as The Gathering in my native Ireland has done for Ireland this year, said Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech, the Nicholasville animal nutrition giant.
Key components of The Kentucky Gathering will include:
■ Taste Kentucky, in which the states craft brewers, food artisans and musicians will allow participants to sample a festival atmosphere and live bands, including the Boston folk-rock band Girls Guns and Glory, and Central Kentucky country musician Dillon Carmichael.
■ Family-friendly activities including a childrens play area with inflatables, arts and crafts stations, an Alltech interactive educational area and indoor trick-or-treating on Halloween. Vendor boutiques from across the country will be open. Mother and son Jackie and Dan Evans from NBCs The Biggest Loser will appear at the Biggest Loser RunWalk on Nov. 2.
■ Dine Lexington Restaurant Week will be Oct. 25 to Nov. 3, when some locally owned and operated restaurants will offer a $25 fixed-price menu. Restaurant patrons will receive half-off admission to the National Horse Show with a receipt from a participating restaurant. The list of participating restaurants will be listed on the Dine Lexington Facebook event page.
For more information, go to Kentuckygathering.com.