Kentucky Life takes us along on hikes through creeks, and past snakes and bugs, to reach the beautiful wilderness area of Martin’s Fork; team spirit and an ancient Chinese tradition fuel the competition of Paducah’s colorful Dragon Boat races; and in Kenton County, 3,000 free-range turkeys per year keep Tewes Poultry Farm, a 70 year-old family business, going strong.
The Pristine Wilderness of Martin’s Fork
There’s a hidden treasure in the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky. The remote, 1,600-acre Martin’s Fork wilderness area, adjacent to the Cumberland Gap National Park, looks much as it did 200 years ago.
“This is literally what the first Kentuckians would have seen as they came through Cumberland Gap, with a forest much like this,” said Zeb Weese of the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund.
Paducah Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon boat races began in China more than 2,500 years ago. In Paducah, for one Saturday each September, these colorful boats rule the Ohio River to raise money for the River Discovery Center here.
Tewes Poultry Farm
In Kenton County, the Tewes family has been raising poultry since the 1920s. Dan and Darleen Tewes carry on the family tradition today.
In the weeks before Thanksgiving, Kentucky Life paid a visit to the farm. The Tewes farm raises about 3,000 turkeys a year. “They all look real good for Thanksgiving,” said Tewes. “Knock on wood.”