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DUNCAN HINES DAYS – June 3-9, 2024 

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Can you believe Duncan Hines Days is almost here?! The weeklong celebration of good food, great entertainment, and grand adventures in southern Kentucky is June 3rd-9th. Even Southern Living recommends us, sharing the story of our hometown’s real man behind the cake mix. Thanks to the entire community for coming together to put on such an amazing showcase of southern Kentucky food, fun, and adventure. Buckle up, let’s hit the road!

Help needed! Please share this volunteer sign up form with any clubs or groups that may be searching for community service opportunities! Sign Up Genius for Volunteers is on the Contact section of the DHD site – here’s a link to sign up for time slots throughout the entire week of June 5-11 at events around BG and Warren County.
 
There are over 20 events happening around the community, please visit the full event roadmap here.

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Adventures in Swell Eating

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Road Trips

Explore good times

What to do?

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.

Bowling Green

Let us introduce ourselves

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.

Location

History

Diversity

Community

Our Region Mixes it Up

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 ICE CREAM SOCIAL

PROUD SPONSOR OF EATS & BEATS CONCERT

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