The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games will be recycling and composting much of its waste through a partnership with a Richmond, Va., company that provides food packaging and other solutions.
The Green Duck company will provide eco-stations and compostable products to help the Games recycle and compost more than 360 tons of material that otherwise would have gone to the landfill.
Volunteers will be at the eco-stations to help spectators put their disposables in the proper bins. The bins will be designated for recyclables, compostables and waste.
Additionally, Green Duck has partnered with Buona and Patina, the Games' concession and catering vendors, to use certified compostable to-go food service packaging, including plates, cups, cutlery and containers. More than 90 percent of the packaging for food service will be diverted from the landfill and turned into compost soil.
"Green Duck is excited and proud to be a part of greening the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games," said Jocelyn Tice, founder of Green Duck. "We look forward to the event in addition to greatly reducing the amount of waste generated."
■ The Kentucky Distillers' Association is reporting a nearly 90 percent increase in attendance at bourbon distilleries this year, and in anticipation of the Games, many distilleries are expanding tours and visiting hours:
Heaven Hill's Bourbon Heritage Center in Bardstown will be open on Mondays through Oct. 25. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Sunday tours are noon to 4 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 3 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Bardstown Tourist and Convention Commission, 1 Court Square.
Jim Beam in Clermont will add its oldest barrel warehouse, filled with 20,000 barrels of Kentucky bourbons, to its tour in October. Guided tours Monday through Saturday start at 9:30 a.m., with the last tour at 3:30 p.m. Sunday tours will start at 1 p.m. with the last tour at 3. There are no Sunday tastings or sales.
Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg has added a 3:30 p.m. tour Monday through Saturday. Tour hours are 9 and 10:30 a.m., and 12:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Woodford Reserve in Versailles has added a noon weekday tour to its schedule, which also features tours at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday tours remain at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. April through December.
■ The Alltech Experience Pavilion at the Games will hold a fashion show 5-7 p.m. Sept. 30. Secret judges will mingle with the crowd and select the "best-dressed fillies." The top three will be awarded gift certificates to local boutiques, and all women will be eligible for raffles and other giveaways. Prizes will be awarded at 7:30, and you must be present to win.
■ The Games have been getting plenty of national press lately. In addition to Garden & Gun and Southern Living, the Chicago Tribune paid tribute to some Central Kentucky restaurants, including Holly Hill Inn in Midway and Jonathan at Gratz Park and Dudley's in Lexington. The New York Times Magazine published a long profile of actor and horseman William Shatner set entirely in Central Kentucky, with a mention of the Games.