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Program 1517

1. Ready! Set! Go-Kart!
2. Downtown—Fourth Street Live
3. One Horse at a Time
4. Southern Belle
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Bullitt County

For more information:
Kart Kountry, 315 Vine St., Shepherdsville, Ky. 40165, (502) 543-9588

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographer: John Schroering
Editor: Jim Piston
Audio: Noel Depp
Audio Post: Chuck Burgess

Ready! Set! Go-Kart!

Kart Kountry

In all the world you won't find a longer go-kart track than the one at Shepherdsville's Kart Kountry. In addition to the 1.5-mile track, this family-owned business has miniature golf, bumper boats, batting cages, and one of the largest arcades in the country.

From modest beginnings in 1980 with eight go-karts and a 680-foot U-shaped track, Kart Kountry expanded to an oval track then an overpass track, before building the current track in 1995.

Kart Kountry's arcade is 16,500 square feet total, and the entire facility itself has grown from just over an acre to several acres to accommodate the wide array of family entertainment. A special Kiddie Kart track for children age 4 and up was added in 2009.

Join Dave for a spin around the track.

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Jefferson County

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Fourth Street Live

Producer/Videographer: Dave Shuffett
Editor: Dan Taulbee

Downtown—Fourth Street Live

The neon lights of Fourth Street Live beckon native Louisvillians and tourists alike to enjoy music, shopping and dining downtown.

Billed as Louisville's premier entertainment and retail destination, the district is located on Fourth Street between Liberty Street and Muhammad Ali Boulevard, within walking distance of the waterfront.

A night on the town could feature a stop at a country-rock saloon, perhaps Mexican cuisine, or a taste of Kentucky bourbon. The mix of entertainment draws in young Louisvillians who want to socialize after a hard day's work as well as tourists who want to take in the sights. Fourth Street Live hosts a variety of free outdoor concerts, and live music is featured at many of the nightspots. And this year Fourth Street Live hosts the Downtown Louisville Arts Festival June 12-13.

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Jessamine County

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Kentucky Equine Humane Center, 1713 Catnip Hill Road, Nicholasville, Ky. 40356, (859) 881-5849

Producer: Valerie Trimble
Videographers: Amelia Cutadean, Jim Piston, Dave Dampier
Editor: Jim Piston
Audio: Roger Tremaine, Noel Depp
Audio Post: Chuck Burgess

One Horse at a Time

Kentucky Equine Humane Center

From potential show horses to pasture pets, the Kentucky Equine Humane Center provides a safe place for horses who've fallen on hard times. The Jessamine County center cares for horses that have been abandoned, given up by their owners, or rescued.

Horses are housed on the farm on Catnip Hill Road, where they are evaluated and brought back to health if necessary. Then efforts are made to find homes for them.

The 72-acre farm, which opened in 2007, never turns a horse away. Animals adopted from the Humane Center cannot be sold or bred, and must be returned to the center if the adoption doesn't work out. The center also works to raise awareness for responsible equine ownership so that fewer horses end up in crisis.

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Jefferson County

For more information:
The Belle of Louisville, (502) 574-2992
• KET's Electronic Field Trip to the Belle of Louisville includes an interactive game, videos, and animation.

Producer/Editor: Jason Robinson
Videographers: John Schroering, Jason Robinson
Audio: Brent Abshear

Southern Belle

The Steamer Belle of Louisville

At 96 years old, the Steamer Belle of Louisville is a city landmark, anchoring the west end of Louisville's Waterfront Park. While the Belle is the star of the Kentucky Derby Festival during the annual Great Steamboat Race, she cruises the Ohio River year-round, calliope playing and paddlewheel turning.

Built in 1914 as the Idlewild, the Belle has undergone many changes since that time. She began as a passenger ferry, but hauled cargo as well. She pushed oil barges along the river during World War II, and was sold to a new owner in 1947, when she was renamed the Avalon. The Avalon became the most widely traveled river steamer in the country, but fell into disrepair and was saved in 1962 when she was purchased by Jefferson County government.

As the newly refurbished Belle of Louisville, she raced against Cincinnati's Delta Queen for the first time in 1963, beginning the tradition of the Great Steamboat Race. Come aboard with us to explore this riverboat treasure.

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