Two Henderson Music Festivals Win ‘Top 20’ Award for 2012

It’s an exciting year for two Henderson music festivals. The Southeast Tourism Society has named both the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival and the Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” for 2012.

The Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Events publication receives extensive exposure in print media, web, television and radio in the U.S. and Canada. These events were nominated by the Henderson County Tourist Commission because of their impact on the community and the value each festival places on the history and culture of western Kentucky.

This year the W.C. Handy Blues & Barbecue Festival will be held June 9-16. The festival features some of the biggest names in blues, a Taste of Henderson Barbecue Cook-off, a Mardi Gras-style street strut parade and weeklong community events.

Bluegrass in the Park will be held August 10-11. The event includes a fantastic mix of bluegrass music, several sporting events, an outdoor pole-vaulting competition, and an accompanying Folklife Festival with activities for both children and adults.

For more information on these events and others in the area, please visit or call (270) 826-3128.