Here's Johnny - Keeneland and cops
This column comes to you via Ken Kerkhoff and Michael Fortney, whose brain cells are presently functioning far better than those of the author. In return for their services, each has been promised a near-all access tour of The Woodford Sun, which would otherwise cost them a nickel and be worth at least twice that. 5 cool things . Kerkhoff, chair of the Woodford Tourism Commission, has put together a list he calls "Five cool things to do 10 minutes from Keeneland" that will soon be on the commission's website. Kerkhoff hopes to lure some of the patrons of Keeneland's Fall Meet, which runs Oct. 7 to 29, to Woodford County. His list: . Distillery and vineyard tours, with four wineries in Woodford County (Equus Run, Wildside Winery, Prodigy Vineyards and Castle Hill Winery) and four distilleries within 15 miles (Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Wild Turkey and Buffalo Trace.) "I've always thought that bourbon should be drank only in the months with 'r' in them ." Kerkhoff joked. "Those are all fairly cool months. May, June, July and August, you shouldn't drink bourbon. But that's a side note. I digress." (Visit reservewoodford.com.) . Horse Farm tours which may, if you're lucky, allow you to visit Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah. However, he's pretty busy with what those in the horse biz call "covers," so you might have to settle for visiting other multi-million dollar hosses. (Visit visithorsecountry.com.) . World-class cycling and mountain-biking at places like the Life Adventure Center at 570 Milner Road. Wear a helmet - and remember, if you take a nasty spill, it was Kerkhoff's idea. (Visit reservewoodward.com.) . Boyd Orchards at 1396 Pinckard Pike has a wide variety of festivals throughout the year and allows visitors to pick their own fruit - and pay for it. (Visit boydorchards.com.) . The Bluegrass Railroad Museum at 175 Beasley Road offers tours and a 90-minute round-trip aboard a vintage train, viewing horse farms and other beautiful sights along the way. (Visit bgrm.org.) Asked how he pitches the virtues of Woodford County to Keeneland fans inclined to stay in Lexington after the races, Kerkhoff replied, "Small-town feel. The charm of a small town, no traffic, it's literally nine miles from Keeneland. Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy the countryside." Also, there's that tour of The Sun. It's not on Kerkhoff's list, but as the official tour guide, I can assure you that it's a humdinger. Call (859) 873-4131, ext. 13 to set it up, bring that nickel, and expect to hear, "I have no idea what that is" from time to time. Cops and joggers The fifth annual Cops and Joggers 3-K fun run and 8-K race returns to Woodford County Park Saturday. It's the chief fundraiser for the Versailles Police Department's (VPD) Cops For Kids program, which helps between 175 and 200 underprivileged children each year. Speaking of chiefs, VPD Chief James Fugate will take part in the 8-K race, according to Lt. Michael Fortney, who said about five officers usually run in the event. Others will provide traffic control on Falling Springs Boulevard. The 3-K fun run and walk begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Huffman Pavilion. Joggers and walkers will head towards Woodford County Middle School (WCMS), turn around and come back. The 8-K race begins at 9 a.m. Runners will head out Beasley Road and take a left on Falling Springs Boulevard to Troy Pike (Ky. 33), then return to the pavilion. Fortney said non-participants are also encouraged to attend and, if they wish, contribute to the charity, which raises between $10,000 and $12,000 each year. Asked whether he'd run in the 8-K, Fortney said he couldn't, as he had to attend a WCMS basketball game that morning in which his eldest daughter will play. Asked if otherwise, he'd run and win, Fortney demurred, saying, "I'd give it an effort. I sure would," then admitted with a laugh, "I'd have to be in my car." You can sign up for the race at the VPD or through John's Run Walk Shop's website (johnsrunwalkshop.com), or register on site beginning at 7 a.m. The first 200 to sign up will get a free t-shirt but, in this reporter's opinion, should wash it before wearing it in a race. The last thing a runner needs is new shirt hives.