LEXINGTON, KY (September 27, 2011) The Kentucky Horse Park will offer a Kentucky Proud Weekend and Gift Shop/Tack Shop Sale Oct 8-9, 2011, to celebrate some of the things that make Kentucky wonderful: our military, our horse industry, our music, our food and more!Kentucky Proud Weekend will be a great time for families to enjoy the park while getting a taste of Kentucky home-grown and home-made products. To make it even easier for families, children ages 12 and under will be admitted free of charge.Highlights will include:- Meet two Kentucky Derby winners,- Cooking demonstrations with Chef Adam Wade, 2:30 pm both days,- Kentucky Proud product sampling,- Harvest sale at the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop (25% off fine jewelry, 20% off apparel, 25% off framed art, 25% off everything in the Tack Shop!),- Bluegrass Army Depot displays - honoring our military,- Vendors: mums, pumpkins, handmade soaps, Old Kentucky Chocolate candies, Rimmer Family Favorites, etc.,- Kentucky performers - clogging, singing, - Tour the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center on Saturday to see retired, adoptable Thoroughbred racehorses in a retraining program,- Book signing by Kentucky cookbook authors,- The National Drive pleasure carriage driving- Tour new $10-million Al Marah Arabian Horse Galleries with lots of interactive displays for children,- "Ancient Bronzes of the Asian Grasslands" special exhibition in the International Museum of the Horse, a Smithsonian Affiliate,- Kentucky Fall Classic Saddlebred Show on Saturday,- "Celebrities: Saddlebreds and Personalities from the Silver Screen, Cinema and History" special exhibition in the American Saddlebred Museum, - Plus all that the park offers on a daily basis, including live equine presentations, Hall of Champions, and much more!The Kentucky Classic Combined Driving Event will also be taking place that weekend. The Kentucky CDE is a competitive horse driving event made very popular during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Visitors will enjoy watching this great competition with their park admission.Visitors can also enjoy having lunch or a snack in the Kentucky Horse Park's new Bit & Bridle Restaurant.For more information on Kentucky Proud Weekend, call our switchboard, 859-259-4200 or our Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop, 859-259-4234.