Did you know? Fun facts about Louisville

Eleanor R.

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We are so excited to take over Louisville in a couple weeks! There are a ton of fun facts about this city that we found interesting and thought you might too!

When you visit, be sure to use #theresetconference, #reset2019 and #LouisvilleLove on your posts!

mint juleps at the Kentucky Derby

Photo courtesy: Louisville CVB #LouisvilleLove

Congratulations! You’re in good company!! Louisville welcomes over 16 million visitors each year, and another 750,000 people call Louisville home. The city is named after King Louis XVI of France, who supported American Colonists during the Revolutionary war. His people must not have agreed with him though as he was sent to the guillotine during the French war in 1793. Yikes!

Louisville is the leading manufacturer of disco balls in the United States. Roughly 90% of all disco balls are produced here! Random, right?!

The official bat of Major League baseball is the Louisville Slugger, produced exclusively in Louisville, Kentucky. The Louisville Slugger factory makes about 1.8 million bats each year. Holy bats, Batman!

baseball bat factory and museum Louisville Slugger

Somewhere around 120,000 Mint Juleps are muddled and poured during Derby weekend each year. The drink was originally created in Virginia and made with rum instead of bourbon, but it eventually made its way to Kentucky and as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is often hailed as the “most exciting two minutes in sports” and the “Run for the Roses,” and attracts a crowd of 155,000 to Churchill Downs each May.

Ninety-five percent of the world’s bourbon supply is distilled in Kentucky. Bourbon is a form of whiskey that is distilled from corn. The name originates from Bourbon County Kentucky, and while bourbon can be made anywhere in north America, most of it is produced in the south and primarily Kentucky.

Thunder Over Louisville is a huge fireworks display to kick off the Kentucky Derby and Derby week. It is the largest annual fireworks display in North America!

Notable celebrities from Louisville include Muhammed Ali, Jennifer Lawrence, Ned Beatty, and Diane Sawyer.

The city is home to the University of Louisville and the Louisville Cardinals. March Madness will be in full swing during Reset, so it should be an exciting time for basketball fans in Kentucky!

Some large companies you may be familiar with are headquartered in or near Louisville – KFC, Texas Roadhouse, UPS, Papa John’s, and Humana.

Eleanor R.
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