LaRue County takes home 9 awards in the 2019 ‘Best in Kentucky’

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Winners in 25 categories recognized at awards show

By Allison Shepherd

The votes are in, the people have spoken, and the Commonwealth has declared that LaRue County businesses are once again among their Kentucky favorites.


On Thursday, August 22, at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair, Kentucky Living magazine announced the 2019 “Best in Kentucky” winners. Businesses from LaRue County won 9 awards in the category of Historical Landmark, Pizza, Sweet Spot, Made in Kentucky Product, Hamburger, Barbeque, Museum, Event or Festival, and Farm Tourist Attraction.

This is the tenth year Kentucky Living readers have voted to choose the award winners, which in 2019 includes first, second and third place winners in 25 categories, ranging from destinations and food to outdoor activities and beverages. “Best in Kentucky” appears in the September issue of Kentucky Living.

Hosted by veterans advocate and Miss America 2000, Heather French Henry, the awards show featured presenters including Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles, Kentucky Department of Tourism Acting Commissioner Jay Hall, Kentucky Living columnists Byron Crawford and Dave Shuffett, LEX 18 Chief Meteorologist Bill Meck, WAVE 3 anchor Dawne Gee and CNN contributor Scott Jennings.

“The Best in Kentucky Awards are a celebration of our hometowns and the people and places that make Kentucky a great place to live and visit,” said Anita Travis Richter, Kentucky Living editor.

Best in Kentucky winners from LaRue County included:

Abraham Lincoln BirthplaceNational Historic Park

Hall of Fame: Historical Landmark

Hometown Pizza

1st Place: Pizza

The Sweet Shoppe & Dessert Café

1st Place: Sweet Spot

3rd Place: Made in Kentucky Product

Laha’s Red Castle

2nd Place: Hamburger

Arrowhead BBQ

 2nd Place: Barbecue

The Lincoln Museum

3rd Place: Museum

Lincoln Days Celebration

3rd Place: Event or Festival

Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market

3rd Place: Farm Tourist Attraction