Small Market Meetings

FEB 2017

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Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame. The city of 15,000 residents sits about 30 miles east of Louisville in the rolling green hills of Kentucky Bluegrass horse country. More than 80 saddlebred horse farms oper- ate in the area, and some offer group tours. The ShelbyKY Tourism Commission and Visitors Bureau can also arrange for groups to meet or dine at three private horse farms: Kismet Farms, Undulata Farm and Léttleiki Icelandics, which breeds Icelandic horses. Downtown is a historic district where ornate, Victorian-era buildings line the streets. The Brick Room on Main Street is an event venue with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and a small stage that can host groups of up to 125. Col. Harland Sanders and his wife, Claudia, moved to Shelbyville from southeastern Kentucky in 1959. It's from their Shelbyville home that the Sanders couple grew Kentucky Fried Chicken into a global organization before selling the company in 1964. But soon after, they opened Claudia Sanders Dinner House next door to their home, serving up plentiful portions of Southern cooking and Southern hospitality. And yes, the chicken is just as good as the Colonel's original recipe — some say even better. The Dinner House mostly burned down in 1999 but reopened better than ever with sev- eral group dining rooms. The Colonel's Quarters is the largest banquet room and can seat up to 450, or it can be divided for smaller events. The Kentucky Room can accom- modate 150 for meals, and the Thoroughbred and Saddlebred rooms each comfortably seat up to 55. About four miles away, the Jeptha Creed Distillery opened two months ago just off Interstate 64. The distillery specializes in modern takes on old-fashioned spirits such as flavored moonshine and vodka, as well as bourbon. Groups can tour the distillery, have a tasting, and reserve either the 1,760-square-foot indoor space or the 5,000-square-foot outdoor area. www.visitshelbyky.com Courtesy Rutherford Co. COC G SINCE 1817 rt th! Relive America's frontier heritage, discover the newest international street art destination and enjoy modern amenities & attractions in a city surrounded by nature. . Fort th Convent on Center 48K+ sqft. column-free event space. Performing Arts Center seating 1,331. 13 meeting rooms ( partitionable ). . . DoubleTr ton NEW Attached to FS Convention Center 17,000 sqft. meeting & event space 255 guest rooms, on-site dining, etc. . . . Temple L e NEW . . . 53K sqft. multi-level event space. Performing Arts Theatre seating 1,200. Inside an architectural historic site. Sport t es 50+ baseball, softball & soccer fi elds. 40+ tennis courts & 45 holes of disc golf play. Expansive indoor facilities with variable fl ooring. . . . G @ E xper enceFort S th @ E xpFort S th MILES FROM FORT SMITH: TULSA. . . . . . . . . 120 LITTLE ROCK. . . . . . . . 120 BRANSON. . . . . 159 DALLAS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273 MEMPHIS. . . . . 288 ST. LOUIS. . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 MEETINFORTSMITH.COM | 800.637.1477 Am y J ones CONV. & EVENT SALES DIRECTOR TF: 800.637.1477 | F: 479.784.2421 AMY.JONES @ FORTSMITHAR.GOV

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