Having lived here for more than four years, few of their choices really surprise me. There’s a lot to like about this place.
For example, I’m not surprised at all by how well Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Kenlake State Resort Park fared; it’s such a gorgeous area and is obviously a big tourist draw not only from around the state but from around the country. I’ve walked and run many a trail at Lake Barkley and LBl, and have taken some of my best photographs there.
I was impressed at how well Cadiz Family Restaurant and Porky’s Pit fared, both knocking out the top spot in their respective categories. But after all, Cadiz Family Restaurant is an institution, and when politicians stop in Cadiz, that’s where they go. And Porky’s has some of the best barbecue I’ve had east of the Mississippi River. Sorry, but no one does barbecue better than Texas.
As big as the crowds have been at the Ham Festival, I’m also not surprised that it was rated the top festival in the state. And congratulations are in order for Gary Polete, owner of the Futrell House Bed & Breakfast. That wasn’t a surprise, either; he runs a great B&B.
And I can attest to the level of quality antiquing to be had here.
I will admit that Janice Mason Art Museum being ranked the top museum in the state by KL readers, even above the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, was a surprise; not because the JMAM isn’t great (it is) but because there is a lot of competition in the state in this category. It has hosted many excellent exhibits, however, and it’s definitely one of Cadiz’s selling points.
One thing that did unpleasantly surprise me was that the Creation Museum in Petersburg was ranked the third best museum in the state according to these readers.
This “museum” promotes Young Earth Creationism - the idea that Earth is only thousands of years old, as opposed to the largely accepted reality, that Earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old.
This “museum” also attempts to disprove evolution, although it really only disproves what it imagines the theory of evolution by natural selection to say. It’s been my experience that almost all people who do not accept evolution don’t know what it actually says. Preachers, their other great qualities notwithstanding, are not exactly experts on the subject.
I had the pleasure of personally asking Governor Steve Beshear about his support of this institution. He seemed to support it primarily because he thought it would create jobs. I have yet to see proof of it.
But I digress. Otherwise it’s a great list.
The annual Rotary Auction comes up in a about a week and a half, and next month is the annual Relay For Life. Both demonstrate how Trigg Countians help each other out, and those who can should attend both.
Franklin Clark is a reporter for the Cadiz Record and can be reached by email at email@example.com.