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ColorFall Helps Public Track Leaf Changes

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Fall has arrived, and with it the 2014 edition of the ColorFall program touting peak foliage viewing areas and exciting autumn events around Kentucky. ColorFall is designed to aid public enjoyment and media coverage of autumn in the Bluegrass State.

Coordinated by the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism and the Kentucky Department of Parks, ColorFall is now in its 29th year. ColorFall features a website (http://www.kentuckytourism.com/seasons) that provides a variety of information about the state’s beauty at this time of year, including reports on stages of leaf changes from naturalists at parks throughout the Commonwealth.

Besides tips on timing trips to parks, forests and arboretums for peak color, ColorFall website visitors will also find listings of special fall events and an Instagram hashtag for uploading digital photos of your own fall travels. The program, including the website, runs Oct.1-Nov. 9.

Dean Henson, the park manager at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site and a former naturalist, says that many variables contribute to the degree of foliage color in any given fall season.

“The greater the frequency of crisp, sunny days with no evening frost, the more brilliant our colors,” notes Henson, a popular contributor to ColorFall with his blog posts on foliage stages. “For those seasons when the fickle mix of environmental factors is just right, waiting eyes are rewarded with a beaming display of color.”

Among many fun fall events are the Governor’s Autumn Bicycle Ride across Kentucky Oct. 2-5 and the Bourbon Chase team running race Oct. 10-11.

The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $12.5 billion, supports about 175,000 jobs and generates more than $1.3 billion in taxes.

Story provided by Department of Travel and Tourism

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