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Kentucky Cultural Symbols

With nearly 30 official cultural symbols, Kentucky has a lot to explore. Some of these symbols are discussed on separate pages focusing on symbols of the arts and political symbols.

Cultural Symbols  
Original Kentucky Soft Drink Ale-8-One 2013
Drink milk Redundant Symbol 2005
Bourbon Festival Event The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, Incorporated, of Bardstown, Kentucky 2000
Silverware Pattern Old Kentucky Blue Grass, the Georgetown Pattern 1996
State Tug-o-War Championship Event The Fordsville (Ohio County) Tug-of-War Championship 1990
Official Steam Locomotive of Kentucky Old 152 2000
Sports Car Corvette 2010
Official Covered Bridge of Kentucky Switzer Covered Bridge (Franklin County) 1998
Covered Bridge Capital of Kentucky Capital Fleming County 1998
Arboretum Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest 1994
State Botanical Garden University of Kentucky Arboretum 2000
Center for Celebration of African American Heritage Kentucky Center for African American Heritage in Louisville 2002
State Science Center Louisville Science Center 2002
Dance clogging 2006
Bluegrass Song Blue Moon of Kentucky 1988
Birthplace of Newgrass Music Bowling Green 2010
Father of Newgrass Music Sam Bush 2010
Musical Instrument Appalachian dulcimer 2001
Theater Pipe Organ Wurlitzer Pipe Organ 2005
Kentucky Commonwealth Theatre Devou Park Summer Classics Theatre of Covington 1992
Amphitheater Iroquois Amphitheater 2001
Outdoor Musical The Stephen Foster Story 2002
Pipe Band Louisville Pipe Band 2000
Kentucky Shakespeare Festival “Shakespeare in Central Park” of Louisville 1984
Language English Redundant Symbol 1984
Pledge of Allegiance to State Flag Pledge of Allegiance to the Commonwealth of Kentucky 2000
Military School Millersburg Military Institute 2004
Kentucky Cultural Symbols

Kentuckians seem to have a fondness for drugs and alcohol. State nicknames include Hemp State and Tobacco State, and Kentucky has an official bourbon festival. Kentucky also has an official drink (milk) and soft drink (Ale-8-One).

Kentucky is the only state with an official sports car, the Corvette, as well as the only state with an official silverware pattern—Old Kentucky Blue Grass.

The Switzer Covered Bridge (located in Franklin County) is Kentucky’s official covered bridge. Fleming County is Kentucky’s official covered bridge capital.