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DUNCAN HINES DAYS – June 5-11, 2023

The Starting Point For Great Adventure

Open doors to something new or take a new path to the same places you know and love. Choose your adventure and explore the best our area offers. As home of Duncan Hines, the real man behind the cake mix and one of the most trusted household names in food and travel, Bowling Green’s newest event revives an old tradition and brings a new signature weeklong celebration of southern Kentucky’s culinary, adventure, and entertainment scenes.

Adventures in Swell Eating

Adventuresome
Road Trips

Explore good times

What to do?

All Week Long - June 5th-11th

Restaurant Week: Brought to you by Tyson Foods

Dining with Duncan at the Historic RailPark & Train Museum (a Duncan Hines impersonator from Fountain Square Players acting troupe will speak to diners on the 1950s Duncan Hines dinner train railcar while they enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner)

“Recommended by Duncan Hines exhibit” viewings open at Kentucky Museum

Thursday, June 8th

Ice Cream Social Kickoff Party - Presented by Houchens Food Group:

  • Classic Car Cruise-In on Fountain Square
  • Walk & Wheels Bike Parade at Circus Square
  • Mini Dolly Pageant for kids (with judging by Natasha Neeley as Dolly) and Ice Cream Social at Soky Marketplace (with live music from Bueler’s Day Off)
  • Bowling Green Hot Rods MiLB home game, Duncan Hines Days team jerseys will be worn, 500 boxes of Duncan Hines cake mix will be given to the first 500 fans

Friday, June 9th

  • Wired for Good concert at Soky Fairgrounds benefitting St. Jude
  • Baking demo with Dolly and the Pie Queen of Bowling Green (as featured in Southern Living magazine)
  • Bowling Green Hot Rods MiLB home game, Duncan Hines Days team jerseys will be worn 500 boxes of Duncan Hines cake mix will be given to the first 500 fans

Saturday, June 10th

  • Duncan’s Duck Paddle canoe and kayak race from Riverfront Park to Boatlanding Park, with a Block Party at the VFW at Boatlanding
  • Duncan Hines Days’ music festival at Circus Square
  • Free Meals at the Hindu Temple
  • Dolly at the Capitol Theatre (a live 1-hour show hosted by Natasha Neeley as Dolly and her 4-man band)
  • Wired for Good concert at Soky Fairgrounds benefitting St. Jude
  • Bowling Green Hot Rods MiLB home game– Duncan Hines Days team jerseys will be worn, 500 boxes of Duncan Hines cake mix will be given to the first 500 fans

What to Expect

With special eats and drinks telling our story, dig into our area’s tasty goodness all week. From craft cocktails to mouthwatering entrees to homemade ice cream and pies baked by a queen, you won’t go hungry. Check out our “Recommended during Duncan Hines Days” Restaurant Week presented by our friends at Tyson Foods. Own a restaurant, bar, or food truck and interested in participating? Let us know.

What would Duncan Hines do? WWDHD? Hop in the car and take the scenic southern Kentucky back roads with us. With adventures promised around every curve, there’s a little somethin’ for the whole family around these parts. What’s your favorite greasy spoon? Roadside hidden attraction? Insta-worthy pit stop? Tag us @duncanhinesdays and use #duncanhinesdays and #wwdhd for a chance to be featured on our socials and blog!

Our pal Duncan recommended the best in eats, sleeps, and vacationing. We’ve plotted a roadmap of good time events happening all week long. Our hometown grocer Houchens Food Group kicks off our fun at the Community Ice Cream Social. Bring a chair and sit a spell at any of our area’s live concerts! Hosting an event in eating/drinking, experience, or free entertainment this week? Submit it here to be considered for our roadmap!

Bowling Green is our nostalgic hometown of and starting point for grand adventures in our regional food and drink, travel, and entertainment.

The Duncan Hines Scenic Byway runs through southern Kentucky, and his former home office on Louisville Road in Bowling Green is the current home of Hardy & Sons Funeral Home. The “Recommended by Duncan Hines” exhibit lives at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus.

We’ve got activities and fun for all during Duncan Hines Days, celebrating the area’s diversity and culture driven by our history and stories. Please pull up a chair and have a seat at our community dinner table. Buckle up for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. Or sit back and enjoy the entertainment with a few surprises.

Highly Recommended

Why Duncan?

You may be sitting there wondering why we are celebrating a cake mix.

Before he was a trusted name on everything from cake mix to biscuits, Duncan Hines was the original road tripper and influencer who was born and raised in Bowling Green. He is a WKU alum, and traveling salesman turned food and travel guidebook publisher.

When he traveled the country’s highways, he kept a journal of roadside places he dined and overnighted in that were clean and safe, which evolved into “Adventures in Good Eating,” “Lodging for a Night,” and “Duncan Hines’ Vacation Guide” books, all published in the 1930s-1950s. Dividends from the sales of his guide books went toward scholarships for hospitality students at universities across the country.

An entrepreneur by nature, he sold the use of his name for a trusted food and lifestyle brand, and rented “Recommended by Duncan Hines” labels or signage to eateries, hotels, and venues around the country. Travelers would seek these recommendations on their adventures.

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Why Here?

Bowling Green is our nostalgic hometown of and starting point for grand adventures in our regional food and drink, travel, and entertainment.

The Duncan Hines Scenic Byway runs through southern Kentucky, and his former home office on Louisville Road in Bowling Green is the current home of Hardy & Sons Funeral Home. The “Recommended by Duncan Hines” exhibit lives at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus.

We’ve got activities and fun for all during Duncan Hines Days, celebrating the area’s diversity and culture driven by our history and stories. Please pull up a chair and have a seat at our community dinner table. Buckle up for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. Or sit back and enjoy the entertainment with a few surprises.

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Adventures in Swell Eating

What to Expect

With special eats and drinks telling our story, dig into our area’s tasty goodness all week. From craft cocktails to mouthwatering entrees to homemade ice cream and pies baked by a queen, you won’t go hungry. Check out our “Recommended during Duncan Hines Days” Restaurant Week presented by our friends at Tyson Foods. Own a restaurant, bar, or food truck and interested in participating? Let us know.

Hit The Road

Adventursome road trips

What to Expect

What would Duncan Hines do? WWDHD? Hop in the car and take the scenic southern Kentucky back roads with us. With adventures promised around every curve, there’s a little somethin’ for the whole family around these parts. What’s your favorite greasy spoon? Roadside hidden attraction? Insta-worthy pit stop? Tag us @duncanhinesdays and use #duncanhinesdays and #wwdhd for a chance to be featured on our socials and blog!

GET OFF THE COUCH

explore good times

What to Expect

Our pal Duncan recommended the best in eats, sleeps, and vacationing. We’ve plotted a roadmap of good time events happening all week long. Our hometown grocer Houchens Food Group kicks off our fun at the Community Ice Cream Social. Bring a chair and sit a spell at any of our area’s live concerts! Hosting an event in eating/drinking, experience, or free entertainment this week? Submit it here to be considered for our roadmap!

SPECIAL THANKS

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PROUD SPONSOR OF RESTAURANT WEEK

PROUD SPONSOR OF ICE CREAM SOCIAL

PROUD SPONSOR OF EATS & BEATS CONCERT

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