The International Bar-B-Q Festival is held in Owensboro, Kentucky, every second weekend in May since 1979. The festival provides an opportunity for sampling many varieties of barbecued meats, including chicken, mutton, and burgoo. Cooking teams compete for the Governor’s Cup, awarded to the team judged to have the best barbecued cuisine. Other attractions include square dancing, musical performances, and arts and crafts. The Kentucky Department of Tourism recently (in 2006) projected an expected attendance of 85,000 for the festival.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) is a bluegrass music museum in RiverPark Center near downtown Owensboro, Kentucky. The museum has inter-active exhibits, posters, costumes, live instrument demonstrations, and the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. The International Bluegrass Music Museum has raised funds with the help of famous bluegrass musicians such as Ricky Skaggs and Ralph Stanley.[
They host their own annual summer music festival, ROMP (originally designating River Of Music Party because it was held on the banks of the Ohio River). The ROMP festival is typically held the last weekend in June each summer. Jam sessions are held at the museum the first Thursday of every month. The International Bluegrass Music Museum is the world’s only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of the international history of bluegrass music.
“Lazy Dayz “Outdoor Children’s Playground was recently ranked the #1 Playground in the world by Landscapearchitects Network. The most important thing about this playground is that it is accessible and barrier free. The area of the playground is very large, and all play elements have been carefully selected. Interactive spray fountains, multifunctional playing elements, colors, and materials ensure that all children will really enjoy this place.
The RiverPark Center host the spectacular Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Owensboro Dance Theatre, Back Alley Musicals, and Friday After 5 Concerts. National and International Broadway tours such as 42nd Street (International Tour), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Super WHY Live, ELF, Tommy, and numerous others have launched from RiverPark Center.
Other noted attractions in Owensboro, KY:
Friday after Five Concerts
Owensboro Museum of Fine Art
Owensboro Museum of Science and History
Soapbox Derby Tournament
Owensboro Symphony Orchrestra
Kentucky Wesleyan College Panthers
Owensboro Air Show