Maysville Kentucky Blog

The Maysville Kentucky Blog is your guide to the beautiful and historic small town of Maysville Kentucky, snuggled into the rolling hills along the Ohio River. Though this blog has been discontinued, you can get your Maysville Kentucky fix over at Ken Downing's Mason County Kentucky Blog @

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Kentucky Ain't Just For Rednecks No Mo'

The myth that Kentucky is a backwoods state full of rednecks from the movie Deliverance is totally busted (for the record: that movie takes place in Georgia, not Kentucky!). Sure, we still have our rednecks. My wife, who's from Boston, thinks I'm redneck-ish. But that stereotype of the typical Kentuckian is rapidly changing. In May, Esquire Magazine even named Kentucky the most stylish state based largely on the amount of hipsters that the bluegrass state has produced, including the likes of George Clooney, Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Muhammad Ali, and others (See Kentucky Declared Most Stylish State from our May Issue).

A recent article in the Ledger Independent explains how organizations like Connect Kentucky are committed to bringing broadband to every nook, cranny, and holler of Kentucky, hoping to attract tech businesses for which broadband is a key component. Silicone Valley in California and Silicone Alley in New York becomes Silicone Holler in Kentucky by laying out this infrastructure (remember you heard the term here first when this all goes down). It seems that everywhere you turn, the idea of what it means to be a Kentuckian is being redefined into something sleek, cool, and hip. Think Porsche over Pacer.

To illustrate my point about the redefinition of Kentucky, I submit the event known as the IdeaFestival. The IdeaFestival was founded in 2000 as a world-class meet up bringing together the most diverse and leading thinkers from across the nation and around the globe to explore and celebrate innovation and cutting-edge ideas. It's a huge think-tank filled with some of the most brilliant and extraordinary problem solvers on the planet. You might think that such a brainy ho'down might take place in New York, Boston, or even Atlanta. This year it takes place in Louisville, Kentucky. That's no small thing.

For more information about the IdeaFestival going on this weekend (Oct. 11th - 14th), visit


Jeremy said...

I completely understand what you're saying Ken. I read an article awhile back called "A Tale of Two New Yorks" talking about the cultural difference between upstate and downstate New York. It said something to the effect of "Downstate" people are: Obnoxious, aggressive, and mean spirited. "Upstaters" are seen as: Illiterate, brain-dead hicks and rednecks. In hindsight I guess it's not speaking very nicely of New Yorkers in general. But you're from Kentucky so that makes you stylish : )

12:30 PM

I've spent the past 16 years in up-state New York and within 15 miles of my house there are more rednecks than in Mason or any of the surrounding counties.

7:23 AM

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