By Laura Acchiardo, firstname.lastname@example.org
"Henderson doesn't always get recognized as much as some of the heavier populated cities in Kentucky," said Mayor Steve Austin. So when Henderson attractions were named best in the state by Kentucky Living Magazine, local officials were understandably pleased.
"It's a well known magazine with many subscribers across the state," said Kyle Hittner, executive director of the Henderson County Tourist Commission. "Being so widely recognized is a huge honor for Henderson. By having so many different awards, it gives people nine different reasons to come to Henderson. If they don't like one thing, there are eight other reasons to come."
Since 2010, Kentucky Living has published a Best in Kentucky list with different categories such as outdoor recreation spot and annual festivals. The magazine keeps some "tried and true" categories on their list but has added new ones such as best selfie location — a category in which Henderson's riverfront placed third. In the November and December issues, readers around the state submitted their votes, and Henderson placed in the top three for 10 categories in the April 2016 issue.
W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival was named Kentucky's best music festival of 2016, while 2nd Street Treats was named winner for the best Kentucky ice cream shop. Manager of 2nd Street Treats Nicci Sheridan says she's excited about the recognition and is grateful to her customers for the success.
John James Audubon Park made the list twice for first in best museums and placed second for outdoor recreation spot.