Kentucky has its own character, flavor and natural beauty. It’s surprising in many ways, except to those who have always been here. For anyone who has moved into the Bluegrass State, there are several things you must quickly learn to become a true Kentuckian.
1. The grass is green, not blue.
Kentucky has been dubbed, "The Bluegrass State," but its grass is actually green, not blue. The grass is said to give off a blueish tint, but most Kentuckians haven't seen it.
2. Everyone is from a county, not a city.
As you meet people across the state and inquire where they are from, do not be surprised if they tell you a county. Maybe it's because many schools are by county or maybe we just have county pride.
3. College basketball is THE sport.
And just so you know, you have to pick a side. Whether you bleed blue or red, college basketball is a way of life in Kentucky.
4. Kentucky knows and loves its bourbon.
Kentucky is home to so many distilleries that there is even a designated trail you can take to visit many of them. If you live in Kentucky, you should probably know a little something about bourbon.
5. The capital of Kentucky is Frankfort.
For some reason, Frankfort is a lesser known state capital, so you better learn this piece of trivia. While you're at it, go ahead and visit, it's a nice place!
6. There is a correct way to pronounce "Louisville."
Basically, it's not Looey-ville. It may be a slight distinction, but when you're in Kentucky, it does matter how you say the state's largest city.
7. The Kentucky Derby is a state holiday.
Okay, so it's not technically a holiday, but it may as well be. Many Louisville schools are closed the Friday before the race and there are many festivities, including the fantastic fireworks display, Thunder Over Louisville.
8. Learn how to make a proper Mint Julep.
Mint Juleps go hand in hand with horse racing, so of course they are popular in Kentucky. This delicious treat features mint, sugar, water and of course bourbon.
9. Fried Chicken is considered fine dining.
Kentucky knows its fried chicken, thanks to Colonel Sanders and his famous chain. Whether you enjoy a bucket of extra crispy, or the homemade variety, fried chicken is a staple in a Kentucky home.
10. Hot Brown is not a new Crayola color.
If Kentucky had a signature dish, this would be it. Created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville in 1926, the Kentucky Hot Brown is an open-faced sandwich with turkey, bacon and Mornay sauce that is broiled until hot and crispy. There are now many variations, and they're all delicious.
11. (Almost) Everyone hunts in Kentucky.
Hunting is as popular as soccer in Kentucky. It's considered a sport and many take it very seriously.
12. Kentucky is filled with natural beauty.
Known as the "Niagara of the South," Cumberland Falls is one of the most popular nature finds in Kentucky. Red River Gorge and Mammoth Cave National Park are also must-sees for pure, Kentucky beauty.
13. Mutton is on most menus.
Do you know what mutton is? This flesh of a sheep may not be as popular as hamburger, but in Kentucky it comes pretty close.
14. "Y'All" is part of everyday conversation.
Consider it a nod to Kentucky's friendly residents, as the southern word, "y'all," is used quite a bit. In case you didn't know, it means "you all."
15. It's Supper, not Dinner.
When you move to Kentucky and decide to invite your new neighbors over for a meal, be sure to ask them to join you for supper, not dinner.
16. All tea is sweet, unless you specify otherwise.
Kentucky is a southern state, after all, so when you ask for iced tea, expect it to be of the sweet variety. Actually, don't even bother ordering unsweetened, just enjoy the delight that is old-fashioned sweet tea.
17. "My Old Kentucky Home" is more than the state's official song.
This famous song has deep roots in Kentucky and in the hearts of its residents. The song is sung before the Kentucky Derby and it even inspired a beautiful state park in Bardstown.
So what do you think? Did we miss any? One thing that’s also true is that Kentucky is filled with kind, welcoming people – so comment below and let us know what you think!