The Midwest Mayhem auto show hosts a colorful collective of roadsters from across the state, sporting tricked-out doors, iridescent rims, and detailed custom paint jobs. Cars bound into the air during the hydraulics contest and dip under the pole for a mini-truck limbo contest. Guests also test their manmade skills at pizza-eating contests and the chocolate-milk chug. Live bands and DJs pump the airwaves full of sound, and judges select the winners from a number of categories, such as best lowrider, best engine, and tastiest hubcap.
When Village Handyman merged with Craftsmen Restoration in 2010, it brought along its 40 years in the home-contracting biz. Yet even with this wealth of experience, the company recognizes the vital importance of continuing education. That's why employees regularly attend internal workshops, industry trainings and certifications, manufacturer seminars, and even regular plant tours so they can truly understand the products they use. Homeowners can ask an insured technician for roof repairs, siding installation, or more complicated projects, such as removing a deck or updating chimney masonry to prevent Santa infestations.
The garment experts at Emperors Cleaners take meticulous care as they tackle stains and oust wrinkles to render clothes immaculate. The family-owned and operated business welcomes soiled shirts, skirts, and two-piece suits, tending to all of their splotches and smudges in-house where they can oversee every detail. They whisk garments in and out within the same business day for clients whose schedules overflow with board meetings, play dates, and thumb-twiddling competitions.
Mrs. Rogers makes its signature white-chocolate popcorn to-order, using local Kentucky ingredients as part of the Kentucky Proud program, which helps keep farm products fresh by cutting transportation time. The resulting sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy gourmet popcorn contains only all-white, nearly hull-less kernels.