DescriptionThe largest city in western Kentucky, Owensboro is on the banks of the Ohio River. Agriculture and industry play important roles in the economy. The agricultural basis centers on the production of corn, soybeans and tobacco. Industrial plants produce a diversity of manufactured products.
Known as Kentucky's Festival City as well as being designated a sports town, Owensboro holds more than 20 annual festivals and events. The Edge Ice Center, 1400 Hickman Ave., features ice skating, while the Diamond Lake Resort, west of town off SR 56, has 157 acres for fishing, camping and pedal-boating.
Located 4 miles west of Owensboro, Ben Hawes Park offers an archery range, nine- and 18-hole golf courses, and hiking and mountain bike trails among the recreational facilities available on its 297 acres; phone (270) 687-7134.
Visitor InfoOwensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau 215 E. 2nd St. OWENSBORO, KY 42303. Phone:(270)926-1100 or (800)489-1131
ShoppingTowne Square Mall, south of the bypass at 5000 Frederica St., numbers JCPenney, Macy's and Sears among its more than 60 stores. Downtown Owensboro, along 2nd and 3rd streets, includes antique, gift, coffee and candy shops as well as bistros.
Things to SeeInternational Bluegrass Music Museum