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Next Kentucky Life explores scuba diving in Hopkinsville, famous bluegrass festival in Lexington and more
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The next Kentucky Life, hosted by Dave Shuffett, explores the Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort in Hopkinsville, a Daviess County historical marker that chronicles a dog’s role in a politician’s fame, artist Ken Swinson of Maysville, and The Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington. The program airs Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8/7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24 at 4/3 p.m. on KET.

In Hopkinsville, Pennyroyal Scuba Blue Springs Resort is Kentucky’s only full-service, diver-exclusive resort facility. Located in a 22-acre rock quarry, the clear waters of Blue Springs are a diver’s delight, ranging from depths of five to 120 feet. Blue Springs Resort has been called the “Caribbean of the Midwest” by the appreciative divers who come from all over the country to enjoy its variety of diving experiences and southern hospitality.

Kentucky Life also examines a historical marker in Daviess County that recounts the tale of George Graham Vest, a U.S. Senator from Missouri who was born in Frankfort. In his career as a lawyer and politician, he is most famous for his “man’s best friend” closing arguments in a trial concerning the killing of a dog named Old Drum.

Next, the program visits with self-taught artist Ken Swinson. As the son of a U.S. Army officer, Swinson has lived all over the world and has made Maysville his home for more than 12 years. His bike rides and car trips along Northern Kentucky’s back roads frequently inspire his art.

Last summer, for KET’s Jubilee music series, the KET crew spent several days at the Festival of the Bluegrass at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. With three stages and a campground famous for its jam sessions, the festival received the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Event of the Year” award in 2007. In this segment, Shuffett enjoys the music and talks with the festival’s creators to find out more about this popular music celebration that has been a family affair for more than 40 years.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers are Paul Smith, Jim Piston, Frank Simkonis and Shuffett. More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at

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