Quirky Cultural Attractions in Glasgow, KY

By Jessica Mozo on April 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm EST
Dinosaur World near Glasgow, KY

PHOTO CREDIT: J. Kyle Keener

Glasgow, Kentucky, is named for Glasgow, Scotland, so it’s only natural that one of the U.S. city’s biggest cultural events is of a Scottish nature. More than 10,000 spectators descend on the Kentucky city the first weekend of June each year for the Glasgow Highland Games, a local tradition since 1985. The festival embraces Scottish culture with bagpipe performances, Celtic dancing and competitive events, including the caber toss, sheepherding, Highland wrestling and haggis tossing.

The Glasgow Highland Games has been named one of the Commonwealth's top 10 annual festivals by the Kentucky Tourism Council. And that's only the beginning of the cultural attractions that Glasgow offers.

Glasgow’s South Central Kentucky Cultural Center

Get schooled on local history and have fun while you’re learning at the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center, a 30,000-square-foot museum packed with fascinating artifacts that tell the story of the people, places and events that make up the Barrens. It is located in the old Kentucky Pants factory in downtown Glasgow.

Another place overflowing with history is Fort Williams, the site of a Union Civil War fort that was attacked by Confederate soldiers in October 1863. During the attack, more than 200 horses were captured, part of the fort was burned and 142 men were taken prisoner.

Dinosaur World and Plaza Theatre

Glasgow’s Dinosaur World is an unusual place to take the kids that will have them yearning to become paleontologists. The attraction features more than 100 giant dinosaur replicas along a half-mile paved walkway and includes a museum, interactive exhibits, a picnic area, playground and gift shop. Kids can also dig for fossils and watch dinosaur films in an enchanting movie cave.

One of Glasgow’s most impressive landmarks is the beautiful Plaza Theatre, which first opened in 1934 and has been meticulously restored. It hosts performances by national acts such as Pam Tillis and John Conlee, as well as local performers, including the Far Off Broadway Players, an active community theater troupe.

Glasgow Car Show and Roller Coaster Yard Sale

Two events that bring the Glasgow community together and draw lots of visitors year after year are the Glasgow Renaissance-Main Street Cruise Into Fall Car Show and the Roller Coaster Yard Sale.

The car show happens the second Saturday of October in downtown Glasgow and attracts more than 350 cars of all makes and models, including antiques, street rods, motorcycles and tractors. The event celebrated 10 years in 2010.

The Roller Coaster Yard Sale celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010. The 150-mile-long yard sale takes place the first weekend in October, and extends from Cave City into northeastern Tennessee, around Dale Hollow Lake and back to Kentucky. It gets its name from Highway 63, the Cordell Hull Highway, which has lots of curves and dips. Shoppers can find great deals on crafts, antiques and local produce while enjoying spectacular fall foliage.

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