During a Muddy Fanatic race, you never know what's coming up next. Maybe you'll have to scale a steep rock wall or shimmy along a rope while suspended above a murky stream. One thing's for sure—by race's end, you'll be covered head-to-toe in mud, making it easy to consider this event part-race and part-spa day. The 5K trek takes groups past mud-soaked obstacles on their way to glory, i.e. the finish line. The fun, social aspect of the race means there's always someone available to lend a helping hand and to toast with at the after party, which features live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds goes toward the Son Foundation, an organization that provides housing to cancer patients and their families visiting the area for treatment.
A NASCAR racing experience lets racers and passengers feel the rush of flying around the 1.5-mile Kentucky Speedway. During the three-hour solo racing experience, racers meet with the crew chief for comprehensive safety training and instruction before suiting up, warming up, and ground-flying for five clocked minutes around the track. Via two-way in-car radio communication, drivers will be able to stay in touch with their personal racing instructors, who give advice on the best time to pass other cars and how to convert kilometers per hour into jiggowatts. Participants will then be able to commemorate the experience with a souvenir racing license, a graduate certificate, and a 6"x8" photo.
Kentucky BourbonQ’s selection of barbecue sauces and spices envelops meat in edible embraces. Owners Tracy and Shane Best, who sport more than 20 years of industry experience, personally developed their slew of savory sauces and invite thrill-seeking taste buds to try Pappy’s Moonshine Madness ($6.99), which coats throats with heat that threatens to draw nearby fire-stomping rhinoceroses. For carnivores who prefer milder concoctions, Pappy’s Barbecue Sauce for Sissies ($6.99) maximizes taste and minimizes spontaneous tears. Allow pork chops or turkeys to frolic in the tasty Bear Claw Herb Spice ($3.99) before grill time, or add Bear Claw Chile Powder ($3.99) to the pot to inspire frenzied scooping.
Every time Cliff Robinson stirs his completely restored 500-horsepower Stearman PT-17 biplane to life, it's as if he's paying homage to the showmen who flew such aircraft a century ago. Back then, pilots would dazzle crowds during performances known as "barnstorming," and afterward, they would take onlookers on rides above the town. Cliff carries on that tradition with Robinson Aerobatics, toting guests through the skies above Madison and the Ohio River Valley. Cliff's lengthy flying career helps him make rides all the more exciting: he's participated in more than 300 public air shows and has collected more than 8,000 hours of experience as an instructor, crop duster, and aerobatics showman.
Independence Day. Fast and Furious. City Lights. Though these could easily pass as the titles of blockbusters, they're actually another type of summertime staple: fireworks. At Patriotic, shoppers can snag these and many other kinds of crackling, sparkling, and booming goodies. These include aerial spinners, rockets, missiles, and Roman candles, which are just like regular candles, but draped in tiny togas.