Heaven Must Be a Kentucky Kind of Place
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Heaven Must Be a Kentucky Kind of Place

Oh the sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home...

Heaven Must Be a Kentucky Kind of Place

There's just something about Kentucky that makes it stand out above the other 49 of these great United States of America. Not only do I think it is the greatest state because it's where I was born and raised, but Kentucky is full of so many amazing things that make it unique. Kentucky has a rich history and tradition that makes me proud to call myself a Kentuckian. Keep reading to find out just why Kentucky is the best!

Kentucky is just one of four commonwealth states in America. A commonwealth state was originally said to have been governed by the people instead of a monarch. During the American Revolution, some states chose to adopt the title "commonwealth" to signal their independence from the British government. Although there is no constitutional difference between a commonwealth and a state, Kentucky still maintains the unique title of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Kentucky is also commonly referred to as the Bluegrass State. No, the grass isn't actually blue, but when the pastures are growing tall and blooming (usually in the spring or fall), the seed heads have a blue cast to them. Kentuckians and visitors to the great commonwealth usually don't get to see the blue color because the grass is cut too short. Early Kentucky musicians even adopted the traditional style of music commonly referred to as "bluegrass".

One of the major things people probably think about when they think of Kentucky is something all Americans love: Kentucky Fried Chicken. Yes, Colonel Sanders was a real person. Sanders got his start selling fried chicken in Corbin, Kentucky and his business has grown into an international franchise over the years. You can even visit the Colonel Sanders museum in Corbin!

Kentucky is also famous for some signature drinks. Most people are familiar with Maker's Mark Bourbon, but only true Kentuckians know about Ale-8-One soda. Ale-8 has been bottled in Winchester, Kentucky since 1926. It's sort of like a ginger ale, but (in my personal opinion) even better than you could imagine! If you don't live in Kentucky but would like to try this delicious treat for yourself, you can click here to order it online! Tip: Ale-8 tastes the best in a glass bottle.

Can we just talk about how much talent Kentucky has?! From singers to movie stars and everything in between, there must be something in the water. Jennifer Lawrence, better known as Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games trilogy, was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Her Hunger Games co-star, Josh Hutcherson, who plays the role of Peeta Mellark, also calls the bluegrass state home. Remember that hottie Brian Littrell from the Backstreet Boys? He's from Kentucky as well! These are just a few of the many talented Kentuckians who have found success in the spotlight. The list goes on and on!

One thing I feel that makes Kentucky so special is the tradition and spirit of the bluegrass. The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race that takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Kentucky is commonly referred to as the horse capital of the world. This year's derby winner, American Pharaoh, made history when he was the first horse to win the American Triple Crown since 1978 and only the twelfth to win in history!

Above all, no other state has more school spirit when it comes to cheering on the Wildcats at the University of Kentucky. Basketball Coach John Calipari has led the Kentucky Wildcats to four Final Four appearances, one NCAA victory in 2012, and an amazing winning streak of 38 straight games! While there are a host of UK basketball players who have been very successful in the NBA, some notable names are John Wall, Anthony Davis, Willie Cauley-Stein, and many, many more. Wildcat fans are the most dedicated fans in the world. They travel all over the country to cheer on their boys to victory. The Big Blue Nation is always loud and proud!

I could write forever and never be able to convey just how special Kentucky is. Some people may think, "it's just a state." To me, Kentucky is home. If you every get the chance to visit the Bluegrass State, I recommend you take the opportunity! Experience the beauty and the excitement of our great state and find out for yourself why heaven must be a Kentucky kind of place.

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