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Harley's first trip was a giant hit!

On Saturday the wife and I loaded up Harley and CD and headed toward Camden Park. It was opening day for 2011 and the kids had a blast.

The park was clean and everything was running fine. It was Harley's first time to ride -  he loved it. As many of you know, the park opened in 1903 and is still going strong. It is an awesome place for the kids. It made me think of all the good times I had there as a kids, and I want my son to have as much fun as I did growing up -  at Camden Park.

They had Season Passes on sale for only $89.99 and they were buy 3 get 1 free and a season parking pass and you also get 10% off at the local McDonalds in the area.

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50th anniversary of the Floral Clock;

FRANKFORT -- The first man to oppose the Floral Clock at the Capitol has been eating his words for the past 50 years.

And he admitted it yet again at the 50th anniversary of the Floral Clock Wednesday.

“If someone told me 50 years ago that I would be standing here today, I would say he or she needed their head examined,” said Fontaine Banks, who was chief of staff to Gov. Bert Combs – who came up with the idea and carried it through completion in 1961.

First lady Jane Beshear speaks in front of the Floral Clock Wednesday.First lady Jane Beshear speaks in front of the Floral Clock Wednesday.Banks, 82, now a top aide to Gov. Steve Beshear, was one of several speakers to celebrate the Kentucky treasure before hundreds of garden club members of Kentucky and Frankfort and students from Peaks Mill Elementary School. Many involved with the design and upkeep of the clock past and present were also on hand.

Banks admitted that when Combs returned from Niagara Falls and said he wanted to build a floral clock like the one he had seen there, Banks thought it was a terrible idea.

“I even hid the plans for the clock, but he knew where to find them,” Banks said.

Banks actually hid the architect’s drawings in the governor’s desk, and it took Combs a few days to locate them, Banks said, chuckling at the memory.

Despite opposition from taxpayers, rival politicians and his right-hand man, Combs built the clock with help from the Garden Club of Kentucky. Combs died in 1991, yet even in the months leading up to his death, he was making plans to better the clock, said his wife, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Sara Walter Combs.

“He was thinking of renovating the clock and making it better,” she said.

Bert Comb’s daughter, Lois Weinberg, who was a senior in high school when the clock was built, addressed the gathering and said it was her father’s love of Kentucky that inspired him.

“He loved these grounds as if they were his own backyard,” she said.

The clock is 34 feet in diameter, and the minute hand and hour hand weigh 500 pounds each – they’ve been painted gold to commemorate 50 years of rotations.

Ky. Press Assn. co-opKy. Press Assn. co-opAround the clock is a fountain, where thousands of tourists from all over the world have thrown coins. Today, the proceeds go toward a scholarship for students studying agriculture at a Kentucky college or university.

At the end of the Floral Clock ceremony, first lady Jane Beshear, who spearheaded the event, invited the second-graders from Peaks Mill to toss a commemorative penny in the fountain.

“Be sure to make a wish!” she shouted.

On the count of three, the pennies went flying, and at least a hundred wishes went up.

“I wished for my cat to get better,” said student Mackenzie Brook, 8, as a fellow student shouted, “I wished for a race car!”

Then, those who could stand the cold (mostly shivering garden club ladies in floral prints and spring hats), followed the first lady to the Rose Garden, which has been extensively revitalized.

“No taxpayer money was used,” Beshear said as she pointed out its new features: benches, a walkway and more rose bushes.

Harrod Concrete and Stone of Frankfort donated the walkway, and donations and volunteers from the Garden Club of Kentucky also made the improvements possible.

Award-winning garden designer and Kentucky native Jon Carloftis helped with the project and said he’s proud of the natural beauty in his state.

“We are so proud of where we’re from,” Carloftis said. “You meet a Kentuckian and within a minute, you know where we’re from.”

He said a lot of care was put into the garden’s new design.

“I don’t think we lost a single rose,” he said. “This is designed so that it will just get better and better.”

Banks said although he loves the clock and garden so much that he often has people pick him up in front of the clock, he won’t be surprised if he doesn’t get to see its 100th anniversary.

“Let someone else do the honor in 2061.”

By Keren Henderson
The State Journal