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April 3, 2014 — Issue 10


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Publisher Bill Hanson Editor Jason Thomas Design Claire Munn


ON RACKS: We offer free copies of SoIn at numerous hotels and restaurants around Clark and Floyd counties. IN YOUR PAPER: Every Thursday in the News and Tribune ONLINE: /soin ON FACEBOOK: /YourSoInWeekly SoIn is a publication of the News and Tribune.

 On the Cover: Karissa, Chase and James Jaques, Jeffersonville, look on from Van Dyke Park in Jeffersonville as fireworks explode above the Ohio River during the 2013 Thunder Over Louisville. File photo


• Jeffersonville's Nick Dittmeier finds his groove.

sing us a song, piano man

Legendary singer/songwriter/ composer Billy Joel will perform at the KFC Yum! Center for the first time at 8 p.m. on Sunday. With a career spanning more than five decades, Billy Joel is one of the highest grossing touring artists in the world. Having sold over 150 million albums globally, his music has remained among the most popular in the world. He is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. Recently, Joel was honored by Steinway & Sons with a painted portrait in Steinway Hall in Manhattan, the first non-classical pianist to be immortalized in the collection. He played to more than 110,000 fans when he performed the final concerts at Shea Stadium, featured in the 2010 documentary film “The Last Play at Shea.” Joel recently received The Kennedy Center Honor, one of the United States’ top cultural awards. 

Thunderstruck in Southern Indiana

New idea for Thunder Over Louisville: As soon as the smoke clears from the detonation of 60 tons of fireworks, the Ohio River Bridges Project will be magically finished. And implementing tolls will be erased from officials' memories. We can dream, right? Jason Thomas, Editor As you’ll read about inside, we got a headstart on Thunder festivities — set for April 12 — with information about bridges-related work at Ground Zero, aka Jeffersonville, to help plan your day and navigate the orange construction barrels. And you’ll discover some adult and familyfriendly fun, too. Word continues to spread about the movement that is SoIn. But we want that fuse to explode, so below is a list of locations where you can find copies (if you’re not a News and Tribune subscriber, that is). See somewhere missing? Let me know. Now, where’s my match?

Clarksville Clarion (former Holiday Inn Lakeview); Greentree Mall; Bob Evans; Best Western Greentree; Hampton

Inn; Candlewood Suites; Suburban Extended Stay; Buffalo Wild Wings; Famous Dave’s; Chuy’s; YMCA of Clark County. jeffersonville Big 4 Burgers + Beer; Cluckers; Bearno’s on the River; Buckhead Mountain Grill; Rocky’s Sub Pub; Sheraton; Orange Clover; Adrienne’s; Perkfection; Schimpff's; Puerto Vallarta; Quad Cafe; Workout Anytime; Springs Beauty Salon; Ann’s By the River; Hoopsters. new albany Dragon King’s Daughter; New Albany Bank Street Brewery; River City Winery; Wick's Pizza; Café 27; Bread and Breakfast; Primo’s Deli; Best Western; Hampton Inn; Coffee Crossing; Quills Coffee; Exchange pub + kitchen; Strandz and Threadz; Downtown Style; Peace, Love, ‘n Hair; Dress and Dwell; YMCA Floyd County; Colokial; The Opal Gypsys. sellersburg Crickets Café; El Nopal; Comfort Inn; Ramada; Days Inn; Neil & Patty's Fireside Bar & Grill; Ivy Tech. — Jason Thomas is the editor of SoIn. He can be reached by phone at 812-206-2127 or email at jason. Follow him on Twitter: @ScoopThomas.

a little bit of country r&B John Legend, Justin Moore in concert

Billy Joel has received six GRAMMY Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. He has been inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards. His music has also served as the inspiration and score for the hit Tony Award-winning Broadway play “Movin’ Out.” For ticket, visit

John Legend is back at Horseshoe Southern Indiana performing April 10. One of the industry’s most innovative artists, Legend returns after five years with his much-anticipated fourth solo album, “Love in the Future” (G.O.O.D/Columbia). Taking R&B and soul music to the next level, Legend creates an immersive experience about romance, love, hope, commitment and optimism. Enhancing the experience is a rich, melodic soundscape accented by compelling interludes that fully integrates the musician’s gospel and pop influences, classical training and unerring hip hop and soul sensibilities. Justin Moore brings hits to Horseshoe Catch country singer Justin Moore live in concert at Horseshoe Southern Indiana at 8 p.m. on April 19. Moore’s most recent album 2013’s “Off the Beaten Path” and No. 1 hits to The Showroom. Moore’s good-kid persona and rowdy heart of gold lighten the stage while singing a well-developed case of "who I am" or just the fierce commitment to blaze a trail inherent to people from his home of Poyen, Ark. It doesn't matter why, just that the blazing sense of off the beaten path drives his album of the same name. Don’t

John Legend will perform April 10 at Horseshoe.

Justin Moore will perform April 19 at Horseshoe. miss this unique country singer’s Southern Indiana show at Horseshoe. For tickets and more information, visit


April 3, 2014

3 To Go


a lesson in history What: Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference When: Wednesday through Friday Where: New Albany The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology partners with Indiana University and Indiana Landmarks to host the annual Preserving Historic Places: Indiana’s Statewide Preservation Conference in New Albany. This statewide conference is the official forum for preservation issues in Indiana. Registration will be at St. Marks United Church of Christ, 222 E. Spring St. For the entire conference, free parking will be available at St. Mark’s. Meals and sessions will be located throughout downtown New Albany. More information: dnr/historic/4463.



What: Tri at the Y When: 10 a.m. Sunday Where: Floyd County Branch, YMCA of Southern Indiana, 33 State St., New Albany Get your fitness on at the at the Super Spring Triathlon at the Y. Proceeds benefit the Annual Campaign of the YMCA of Southern Indiana. The event consists of an eight-mile bicycle race, a two-mile run and a 300-yard swim. The fee is $45 for YMCA members and $55 for nonmembers. Transition area located at the parking lot on the south side of the floodwall. Bikes must be racked in the transition area by 9:30 a.m. []



What: "Singin’ in the Rain" When: Today through April 18 Where: Derby Dinner Playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville Hollywood of the 1920s is the setting for this lighthearted and romantic MGM classic filled with show-stopping dance numbers and unforgettable music. Featuring songs such as “Make Em’ Laugh,” “Good Mornin',” “Lucky Star” and more. Grab your umbrella, it will rain on stage! []

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YOUR GUIDE TO 2014 THUNDER CLOSURES NO ACCESS The following routes in Jeffersonville will be closed the day of Thunder Over Louisville, April 12: • Riverside Drive from Jeff Boat west to Clarksville; • Market Street from Pearl Street west to Clarksville; • Missouri Avenue from Market Street north to South Clark Boulevard; • Southern Indiana Avenue; • River Pointe Plaza, North Shore, Clark Street and Fort Street; • The 100 block of Spring, Wall, Locust, Pearl and Walnut streets; • Mulberry Street from Maple Street south to Pearl Street; • Chestnut Street from Mulberry Street to Pearl Street; • West Court Avenue at Ohio Avenue; • All alleys along the floodwall from Jeffboat west to the city limits.

There will be


LIVE DOWNTOWN? Jeffersonville residents who need to get their vehicles into the area after 8 a.m. will need to enter at one of six police road blocks. They are located at: • Market Street at Pearl Street; • The 100 block of Pearl Street; • Market Street at Locust Street; • Market Street at Spring Street; • Market Street at Wall Street; • Market Street at Walnut Street. Drivers must provide proof of residency to gain access to the blocked-off areas. A drivers license with current address, a recent utility bill or vehicle registration will suffice. All vehicles must be parked on private property. Unauthorized vehicles will be cited and towed at the owner’s expense.

Activities cater to adults, families


by MAtt Koesters

EFFERSONVILLE — When you think of Thunder Over Louisville, do you think of fireworks streaking across the night sky above the Ohio River? Sure you do. But for a lot of Southern Indiana visitors who gather in droves along the riverbanks to watch the annual light display, it’s not the only thing that comes to mind. Paying out the nose for parking, navigating a dense sea of humanity and defending a small plot of grass for hours at a time are some other

time-honored Thunder activities. Buckhead Mountain Grill and Rocky’s Sub Pub in Jeffersonville are front and center for the Thunder festivities each year, and they know they’ve got the best seats for the fireworks in Indiana. The two riverside restaurants offer private events designed to maximize entertainment while minimizing what can be a stressful event. “We are so proud of the Thunder events we have grown over the past 15 years,” said Kelly Leonardo, director of marketing for Buckhead and Rocky’s. “We truly have the best seats in all of the city.” Beer snobs have been frequenting Buckhead

since the restauran seventh straight ye Extravaganza the d “It’s a great day brewery reps in an environment that a you to have conver tions about the bee and breweries,” sa Tisha Gainey, beve director for the two restaurants. “It’s a exclusive type of b event — not your cal beer festival, b with all the benefi


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a fest with front-row views of the Thunder experience.” Adults who attend the Craft Beer Extravaganza will receive a tasting card that they can use to get a sample of each brewery’s flagship or session beer. In addition, attendees can purchase samples of the breweries’ specialty beers or even buy full-sized pours. And there’ll be plenty to choose from. The Extravaganza will feature numerous breweries, including Bluegrass Brewing Company, Falls City, Kentucky Ale, Indianabased Daredevil Brewing, Sun King and Upland, along with national craft breweries like New Belgium, Stone, Sierra Nevada, Oskar Blues, Bell’s and Founders. “When we got into craft beer eight years ago and decided it would be a focus for our company, we knew it was going somewhere,” Leonardo said. “We are delighted that this Craft Beer Extravaganza has been going so well and continues to have increased ticket sales every single year. People love craft beer, people are obsessed with craft beer and we’re just happy to be on board with that and to offer such an awesome event tied in with Thunder.” Despite centering the day’s festivities around beer, the Buckhead folks promise a family-friendly event. Children will be entertained with crafts, games and face painting, while the whole family will have free access to a

buffet of Buckhead food. And of course, there’s the fireworks to look forward to. Leonardo describes the event as a “laidback” experience. Adult tickets to the event are $85 apiece, while children ages 6-12 get in for $25; children 5 and under get in free. Parking is not included. Maybe craft beer’s too rich for your blood, or maybe it’s the price tag. But if you’re looking for something a little less expensive that still gets you a prime viewing location, then Rocky’s Sub Pub’ Rocking on the River event may fit the bill. THUNDER BY This year’s Rocking on the River THE NUMBERS features 100% Poly, Expected impact the event’s first live on local economy: band. The Southern • $56 million Indiana ’70s cover Amount of firework band will play in the shells: • 60 tons hours leading up to Amount of launchthe fireworks. ing tubes: “We love South• 250 tons ern Indiana, and Amount of sand to 100% Poly is a very pack firing tubes: popular Southern Indiana Band. We’ve • 2 million pounds Length of wire heard a lot of good cable to synch things about them,” music: Leonardo said. She said the band • 700 miles Trailers needed to has family ties with pull fireworks: several members • 8 tractor trailers of the Rocky’s and Source: thunderover Buckhead staff. “We would have it no other way than to have them, because we love them a lot,” Leonardo said. Tickets for the Rocking on the River event are $50 for adults and $25 for children 6-12, with 5 and under admitted free; parking not included. The event will include free nonalcoholic beverage. Adults can visit the Bud Light Beer Garden Experience and Jack Daniel’s Cocktail Bar, and food will be available for purchase. Both events are billed as family friendly and secure. Both events will be held rain or shine.

RETURN OF SKY SUPERIORITY the sequester is still going strong, but the rules have eased a bit for military demonstrations, and that’s good news for this year’s thunder, said Kentucky derby Festival President Mike berry. berry said he was thrilled that after a oneyear hiatus, the blue Angels are returning to perform during the air show for thunder over louisville. Additionally, a squad of F-22s will show off the capabilities of the military’s premier supersonic fighter. “even though the military is still under sequester restrictions, these two precision groups, along with a handful of others, have been cleared to do some public air shows and civilian air shows,” berry said. “so we were not only incredibly fortunate to get the blue Angels kind of really at the last minute, but when we got the F-22s, it was like lightning struck twice.” the air show will start at approximately 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL The Kentucky Derby Festival blasts off each year with the Opening Ceremonies — Thunder Over Louisville, one of the nation’s largest annual fireworks extravaganzas. The ensuing two weeks of excitement and entertainment promise something for everyone. For sports fans there is bas- ON THE WEB ketball, volleyball and golf. For • • Twitter: music lovers the concerts are almost nonstop. With two-thirds @KyDerbyFestival of the festival events free, families can enjoy numerous just-for-kids activities without stretching their pocketbook. More than just being entertaining, the Derby Festival generates in excess of $127.9 million annually for the local economy. Events on the Festival schedule also help to raise nearly $300,000 for area charities each year. submitted and file photos

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MIX AND MINGLE Last chance to see local exhibit Join the Carnegie Center for your last chance to see the exhibit “The Potential in Everything” and to talk with Albertus Gorman and R. Michael Wimmer about their artworks in the exhibit. It'll have coffee and cookies to fuel your conversations. Free and open to the public. This exhibit features the works of Albertus Gorman and R. Michael Wimmer, two artists for whom collecting objects and art making go hand-in-hand. For the past 10 years, Gorman has concentrated his art activities on the geographic area of the

"The potential in everything"  When: 1 to 3 p.m. Satur-


 Where: Carnegie Center

for Art and History, 201 E. Spring St., New Albany

Falls of the Ohio State Park, making his artworks out of only materials that he finds along the Ohio River. Wimmer begins each artwork he creates by gathering piles of objects that he pulls out of his collection — collecting from within his own collection to see what objects are visually interesting

The Floyd County Animal Rescue League Presents:

8th Annual Pet Lovers’ Gala: “Win, Lose, or Paw!” Sunday, May 18th, 2014 | 5:00pm-9:00pm Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino This game show themed night will feature dinner buffet, exciting trivia games, & silent auction. Take a tip from Monty Hall, and come dressed to get noticed! Proceeds go toward continuing our mission of helping needy animals in Floyd County.

Tickets: $45 each or $400 for table of 10 To purchase, send ticket request and payment to: FCARL, P.O. Box 285, New Albany, IN 47151 or visit the New Albany Animal Shelter at 215 W. Market St. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 9th. For more info, contact our office at 812-9499099 or email



video games:

April 4

April 8

April 3

é “Captain America: The Winter


 “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar”

é “Celebrate” by James Durbin

 “Enclosure” by John Frusciante  “Everlasting” by Martina


 “Call of Duty: Ghosts - Devistation DLC” (Xbox One, Xbox 360)

April 8

 “Lego The Hobbit” (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PC)

soin PLAYLIST Q&A interview WITh

DOGVIlle Band members: Don Hasner (bass) and Matt Coddington (guitar, vocals) Hometown: Both of us are from New York, and we love playing on the Sunny Side. Where did the name of the band come from? We sought out to find a dog-related name because we liked the concept of playing “Muzzled” (acoustic), or “Unleashed” (full-on electric, with a drummer). First choice was a term a best friend used — Ratdog — but that is already a band (Grateful Dead member Bob Weir’s pet project), so we arrived at Dogville. Describe your sound/inspiration: A variety of rock from 70s-present. We cover quite a gamut. How did you get into music? • Matt: KISS was my first real influence (well, there was The Monkees!). I used to “perform” air guitar to the

 Upcoming gigs: April 25: Big Four Burgers & Beer For more dates, visit

entire KISS Alive II album in our family room almost daily (bless my family, they were so patient). From there, I worked on learning to actually play, and haven’t stopped since. • Don Grew up listening to the Beatles, The Who, Black Sabbath, and the other greats of the day. My parents both played musical instruments and my grandmother taught piano. Music was always a part of my life early on. When I was in high school some of

my friends formed a band and I taught myself to play keyboards and joined the group. From then on I was hooked. What are the band’s goals? World dominance! Just kidding. We just love to play live music, and look forward to playing as many venues around the area as we can. What do you make of the local music scene? There are plenty of locations around the area that are great for cover bands of all shapes and sizes to play. For original music, the options are a lot fewer. Fortunately, at this time, we are just enjoying playing covers, so the opportunities to play are greater.

April 3, 2014

Local SoIn Happenings Feeling left out? Send your establishment’s and/ or organization’s upcoming events/new features/entertainment information to SoIn Editor Jason Thomas at

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what is session head?

Huber Road, Starlight Saturday: Josh and Holly; Sunday: Butch Rice []

Live music at Big Four Burgers + Beer

Where: Big Four Burgers + Beer, 134 Spring St., Jeffersonville Friday, 8 to midnight, Wyndell Williams acoustic

Jim Beam Bourbon Dinner

Thunder Craft Beer Extravaganza

When: 2 p.m. April 12 Where: Buckhead, 707 Riverside Drive, Jeffersonville Cost: $85 for adults, $25 for ages 6-12; free under 6 Buckhead and Rocky’s are joining forces to showcase local craft beer favorites such as Bluegrass Brewing Company, Falls City, Kentucky Ale, Daredevil Brewing, Oskar Blues, Bell’s, Founders and many more, as well as liquor and wine, in this all-out bash. Arts and crafts for the kids, too, during this family-friendly event. Brewers, brewery reps and distribution reps on hand; appetizer and dinner buffet.

Trivia night

When: 7 p.m. April 25 [registration due by April 10] Where: Elks Lodge, 1820 Charlestown Pike. The Jeffersonville Neighborhood Leadership Alliance is hosting its first ever Trivia Night and silent auction Registration for a team of eight costs $120 per table [$15 per person]. The cost includes trivia, door prizes and snacks. A cash bar is available. Registration and team entry form must be submitted no later than April 10 to a JNLA representative. Trivia prizes awarded for first, second and third place teams. For more information, contact Josh Rodriquez at 502-807-9248 or email at

Wick’s Live on State

Where: Wick’s Pizza Parlor, 225 State St., New Albany Thursday: Open mic with Kolton Norton & Friends, 8 p.m.; Friday; Youngstown, 7 p.m.; Kendra Villager, 8 p.m., Artie Dean Harris, 10 p.m.; Saturday: Kendra and Scott, 8 p.m.; No Problem, 10 p.m.

Music at Huber Winery

When: 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends Where: Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards, 19816

When: 6:30 p.m. April 10 Where: Varanese Restaurant, 2106 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville Varanese will host a Jim Beam Bourbon Dinner on Thursday, April 10 with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The evening will feature special guest speaker Theo Rutherford, Jim Beam Bourbon Specialist, and a four-course dinner paired with flights and three Jim Beam cocktails. Featured bourbons include the distillery’s new Jim Beam Single Barrel, Basil Hayden’s, Jim Beam Signature Craft Sherry Cask Finished and Booker’s. The cost is $55 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502-899-9904 or emailing []

Wine dinner event

When: 6:30 p.m. April 21 Where: Seviche, 1538 Bardstown Road, Louisville Seviche chef owner Anthony Lamas will feature fellow native Californian and winemaker Pam Starr of Crocker & Starr Winery for a special wine dinner. The fivecourse menu with wine pairings is $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and will start at 6:30 p.m. The estate vineyard, located in the St. Helena appellation, has been farmed since the 1870s. Charlie Crocker opened the winery in 1997 along with Starr. To make reservations, call 502-473-8560. []

Celebrity chef dinner

When: 6:30 p.m. April 17 Where: Winston’s Restaurant, Sullivan University Chef Josh Bettis will present a Celebrity Chef Dinner hosted by Winston’s Restaurant in celebration of Sullivan University’s newest scholarship recipient. Bettis is the executive chef at the Brown Hotel including the AAA-Four Diamond English Grill and J. Graham’s Café. Money raised through ticket sales will be donated to the Sullivan University Foundation, a 501(c)3. The cost is $100 per person and includes cocktail reception, dinner, wine pairings and dessert. For reservations, call 502-456-0980.


t NABC, we go from Gravity Head to Session Head in a mere six weeks … and with a 3.5% reduction (or even greater) in ABV. Learn how, now. For the third “small” year, NABC is delighted to help raise session beer consciousness with Session Head. It begins on Sunday, April 6 at Bank Street Brewhouse (NABC session beers only) and commences at the Pizzeria & Public House on Monday, April 7 (the actual nationwide date of Session Beer Day, with NABC and also guest session-strength drafts). At Session Head, we take a firmly minimalist approach — with all requisite puns intended. The idea is to nurture a tradition of ceremonially winding down our annual fullbore Gravity Head bacchanalia with session-strength beers. However, it’s a year-round idea whose time has come. A leading exponent of session consciousness is beer writer Lew Bryson, who coincidentally was in town for 2012’s inaugural Session Head; Lew and Roger enjoyed pints of NABC Community Dark at Bank Street Brewhouse. Session beer and philosophy were dispensed, and we look forward to Lew’s return some day (experience hath shown that bourbon works passably as a lure). — NABC


Following are the beers being featured at NABC’s Session Head 2014. Note that while NABC session beers will be tapped at both locations on April 6 and 7, guest beers will be available only at the Pizzeria & Public House on the 7th (until they’re gone).


 Feastmaster (NABC/Bloom-

ington Brewing collaboration) 80 Shilling Scottish Ale, 3.5%  NABC Beak’s Best Bitter, 4.5% abv  NABC Community Dark ­ English Mild, 3.7% abv  NABC Houndmouth: Hoppy American Wheat, 4.5% abv  NABC Tafel: Belgian Table/ Session Ale, 4% abv


 Apocalypse Brew Works:

Single Hop APA (Citra), circa 4.5% abv  Bluegrass Brewing Company (St. Matthews) Session IPA, circa 4.5%  Country Boy Gose: Leipziger-style Gose, circa 4% abv  Founders All Day IPA: Session IPA, 4.7% abv*  Stone Levitation Ale: Amber Ale, 4.4% abv * a nudge high, but we’ll live with it

'shark tank bait'


elocity Indiana will host its Winter Accelerator Demo Day on Thursday, April 10, at the Grand Theater, at 138 E. Market St. New Albany. Demo Day will kick off at 3 p.m., where five companies participating in the accelerator program will present their progress in front of 300 investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and students at New Albany’s oldest and last standing theater. This free event is also open to the general public, and will feature live music, an open bar and light fare. “I’m really happy with the progress of our second accelerator class and am excited to see them pitch on Demo Day,” said Velocity Indiana’s Managing Director, Tony Schy, in a news release. “We’re committed to growing the entrepreneurial community in the region with events like Demo Day, and are excited to present investors and the local business community a first glimpse at our teams: five innovative companies who all have the potential to disrupt their target industries and grow into large organizations.” Building on the momentum established by Velocity’s first class, the second cohort of the Velocity Accelerator program utilized Lean Startup techniques to develop assumptions and test hypotheses about their business ideas. They worked with the Velocity Accelerator team and more than 80 experienced, startup and business mentors to refine their

Velocity Indiana hosts Demo Day

 What: Demo Day  When: 3 p.m. April 10  Tickets: velocitysdemoday.eventbrite.


value propositions, as well as identify and target customer segments. Launched in 2013, the Velocity accelerator program’s second cohort started this January after an extensive selection process. Each participating company received $20,000 in seed funding from Velocity Indiana, along with co-working space and intense mentorship from local entrepreneurs and potential partners, in exchange for a 6 percent equity stake. To reserve a free ticket and get more information on the presenting teams, go to: Velocity is a (pending IRS determination) nonprofit leadership organization that drives initiatives designed to enhance the image of Southern Indiana as a dynamic and focusdriven place for entrepreneurs and their new ventures. Velocity’s flagship educational program is a business accelerator that attracts, funds and mentors up to 10 young companies per year. For more information, visit


The jousting has begun for the 2014 Great Steamboat Race set for Wednesday, April 30, on the Ohio River, according to a news release from the Kentucky Derby Festival. The tasks and scoring system that will determine the winner of the race were recently announced. Representatives of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati, chose the Four Roses barrel numbered TS71-2G as the bourbon to be served aboard the Belle of Cincinnati. A separate panel chose the bourbon for the Belle of Louisville. With two of three judges’ votes, the barrel numbered TS71-3U was selected as the bourbon for the Belle of Louisville. Both selected bourbons were aged nine years. Passengers onboard both boats will again have the opportunity to sample the

two bourbons and vote for their favorite. The boat with the winning bourbon will receive a mint julep trophy and bragging rights for a year. Commemorative bottles from each vessel will also be available for purchase at Louisville area Kroger Wine and Spirits Shoppes mid-April. The task and scoring system that was implemented five years ago to determine the winner of the Great Steamboat Race will return again this year. Instead of the event winner being determined by the first boat to cross the finish line at the Clark Memorial Bridge, the winner will be the vessel which accumulates the most points from performing a series of nine tasks assigned to each competitor throughout the day and during the race. • Task No. 1: Jousting inflatable competition (10 points for 1st, 5 points for 2nd)

• Task No. 2: Obstacle inflatable course (10 and 5 points) • Task No. 3: Handy line toss (10 and 5 points) • Task No. 4: Monkey fist toss (10 and 5 points) • Task No. 5: Miniature Paddle Wheel Assembly (10 and 5 points) • Task No. 6: Calliope contest (10 and 5 points) • Task No. 7: Buoy flag retrieval (25 points for successful retrieval, 0 points for failure) • Task No. 8: VIP retrieval (25 points for successful retrieval, 0 points for failure) • Task No. 9: Bourbon barrel retrieval (25 points for successful retrieval, 0 points for failure) • Task No. 10: Boat race finish (29 points) 2nd vessel under the bridge will get 15 points added to their score. Failure to perform a task will result in a “no score,” plus a 35-point penalty. The

vessel with the most points as determined by the judges will be declared the winner. The majority decision of the judges will be final. The winner will be presented with a set of 12-point Silver Antlers. Boarding for the Great Steamboat Race will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., with the boats departing the shore at 5:45 for a 6 p.m. start. Each boat will be assigned two judges, in addition to an overall event judge from the Derby Festival. The awards ceremony will take place immediately following the race at the Chow Wagon in Kroger’s Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront. Tickets for the Belle of Louisville (while still available) cost $130, Belle of Cincinnati dinner tickets cost $80 (includes Four Rose Bourbon tasting and dinner) and cruise only tickets are $60 (no food or drink included — concessions available on board). Tickets can be purchased by calling 502-584-FEST or online at

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