EVENTS IN LEXINGTON
Population (2010): 295,803
Climate: Humid subtropical with winters that average in the mid 20s (F) and summers that average in the mid 80s (F).
Time Zone: Eastern / Eastern Daylight
Lexington's Top Venues: Keeneland, Rupp Arena, Commonwealth Stadium
Teams in Lexington: Kentucky Wildcats Basketball, Kentucky Wildcats Football
Featured Events in Lexington:
Although this Kentucky City adopted its name from Lexington, Massachusetts after the famous Revolutionary battle, there are many features that are unique to the metropolitan area. This region is steeped in Appalachian culture, making it particularly appealing to anyone who wants to see what Kentucky is all about. Known as the home of Bluegrass music, Lexington has a rather large musical presence thanks to the creative minds that inhabit the city. According to MSN, Lexington ranks 10th among U.S. cities in college education rate, as 39.5 percent of residents have earned at least a Bachelor's Degree - making this a vibrant community of proud Kentuckians.
Another integral part of Lexington's tradition is horse racing, which is why the area has been dubbed Thoroughbred City. The high levels of calcium in the soil allowed breeders to raise stronger horses, making it a popular hub for racing since the late 18th century. The two major horse racing tracks are Keeneland and The Red Mile harness track, hosting equestrian events like the Kentucky Three Day Event.
Lexington is the heart and soul of sports in Kentucky, fostering teams like the University of Kentucky Wildcats, which is the city's most popular. Almost all of the 22 varsity sports teams compete in the Southeastern Conference. The men's basketball team has won 7 NCAA championships, making this university one of the most prominent sports colleges in the country.
Those who would rather spend their time taking in the sights will be thrilled to discover how many natural wonders are within close proximity to Lexington. Along the Kentucky River Palisades, Raven Run Nature Sanctuary contains several miles of back-country hiking trails for avid photographers or nature enthusiasts. Those who wish to catch a glimpse of history can visit the McConnell Springs, which is 26-acres of trails, historic stone fences and other captivating structures. The city is dotted with historical landmarks and museums, including Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, Lexington Public Library, Mary Todd Lincoln House and the Aviation Museum of Kentucky.
Anyone who wishes to sample the cultural treasures of Kentucky can take comfort knowing that he or she will never run out of things to do. Aside from the horse racing, Bluegrass and the fascinating architecture, Lexington is also appealing to those who love nothing more than a popular art shows and fairs.
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