Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation teams with Kentucky Proud for Salato Sampler May 31; event includes special bull elk permit raffle

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Sample the best of Kentucky’s food and drink at the Salato Sampler in Frankfort from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 31.

Guests will have the chance to eat some of Kentucky’s best locally produced food, taste the world’s finest bourbons and discover the best of Kentucky’s beer and wines. The event will feature live bluegrass music.

The event is co-sponsored by the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Kentucky Proud. Proceeds benefit the Salato Wildlife Education Center and youth conservation efforts by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.

In addition to exceptional food and drink, the bands County Line Bluegrass and The Moonlight Peddlers will provide entertainment throughout the event.  Outdoor exhibits will be open for evening viewing while the Salato staff and volunteers will offer free tours of the facilities. A silent auction will help raise additional funds for the center.

Foundation members will also conduct a live drawing for a 2014 Special Commission Permit for elk, which can be used for a bull elk. This special permit will allow the holder to hunt anywhere within the state’s elk restoration zone, with permission from the landowner. The permit also provides the hunter with two weeks instead of one week to gun hunt for a bull elk.

Chances are being sold online until May 29 at www.kentuckywildlife.com. Click onto the “donations page” link. Those attending the sampler may purchase raffle tickets for the permit throughout the evening.

Proceeds from the elk permit drawing will benefit conservation efforts for Kentucky’s youth.

Tickets for the Salato Sampler may be purchased for $60 a person in advance by calling (502) 564-7109, ext. 4492, in person at the Salato Center or online at www.kentuckywildlife.com.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door for $70 a person.

The Salato Center is located at Kentucky Fish and Wildlife headquarters at 1 Sportsman’s Lane (formerly 1 Game Farm Road) in Frankfort. The entrance is located off U.S. 60, approximately 1½ miles west of Frankfort.

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