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Beyond the Barn: Louisville, KY

Friday, July 2, 2021

Showpig News

Summer in Louisville, Kentucky brings a lot of fun attractions for all! We are excited to be back for another National Junior Summer Spectacular and Summer Type Conference. Our team is partial to a few places beyond the barn in the Derby City and we cannot wait to share them with you!

Our first stop is your new quick lunch choice right around the corner from the Expo Center. If you’re tired of the standard concession stand fare, head to Frank’s Meat and Produce. This small grocery store/butcher’s shop/deli piles freshly cut cold cuts on sandwiches that will make anyone’s mouth water. Don’t fret about a long line, the staff at Frank’s are friendly and efficient, and your lunch run won’t take much longer than grabbing fast food.

We know that after a long day in the show barn, you likely don’t want to travel too far for a nice dinner. We suggest heading to Beef O’ Brady’s restaurant and pub. They hustle up your typical American pub food less than 3 miles from the Expo Center. It is a great place to save tables for friends and split some appetizers.

Next to Beef O’ Brady’s, you will find Señor Iguanas. Serving tantalizing food and tasty beverages with bold, south of the border flavors, Señor Iguanas is a treat for the tastebuds featuring Greater Louisville’s best fajitas, burritos, nachos, enchiladas, signature margaritas, and much more!

If you are craving a slice of pizza, Impellizzeri’s is the best place in town to grab one. They pioneered “Louisville style pizza.” Every slice has two layers of toppings and two layers of cheese.

For great barbecue, head to Mark’s Feed Store. They have been serving secret family recipes handed down three generations from their Louisville location for nearly 30 years. If you love their sauces, you can even take some home with you. It’s a great stop, and you’ll feel right at home in the old feed store.

Looking for Louisville’s best hamburger? Visit WW Cousins! Everything is made from scratch and there are over a trillion ways to top your burger. Can’t beat that after a long day in the barn!

If you’re looking for things to do while you’re in town, the Interweb has ranked Louisville’s Mega Cavern the best stop on But, this isn’t your ordinary cave. Families can take tram tours, ride bikes and even zipline through the caves 100 underground acres that run underneath I-264.

If you’ve never been to the Louisville Slugger Museum, this is a must-see. Not only is the 120-foot bat propped against the building impressive, but the long history of the factory’s influence on America’s favorite pastime is fun for folks whether they’re sports fans or not.

Speaking of bats, why not catch a Louisville Bats game? This minor league team puts on a great show, and it’s always a fun day out at the ballpark.

An appreciation for purebred livestock runs deep in our industry, regardless of the species. That’s why we suggest touring Churchill Downs, the famous home of the Kentucky Derby. Even without the Run for the Roses in full swing, the Downs is impressive. It gives you a peek into the world of fast ponies and tells you how blue-blooded horses have shaped Bluegrass country.