Big Blue Caravan to tour Kentucky this summer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Big Blue Caravan is back and ready to make stops in various communities throughout the Bluegrass State.

The Big Blue Caravan, led by Mitch Barnhart, is UK Athletics’ annual outreach effort throughout the state the athletics department represents. This year, the Caravan includes a department-sponsored service trip to Eastern Kentucky.

The trip will begin with a service trip to Harlan County on Friday, June 21 and last until Sunday, June 23; the Caravan will remain in Eastern Kentucky Monday, June 24 through Wednesday, June 26. The final two days will be spent in Owensboro (Thursday, June 27) and Meade County (Friday, June 28).

The highlight of the Big Blue Caravan will be four events open to the public featuring poster giveaways and photo opportunities with UK’s mascots and trophies recently won by Wildcat teams.

Hazard: Monday, June 24, noon-2 p.m. at City Hall (700 Main St, Hazard, KY 41701)

Monday’s events – all in the Hazard area – will include visits to a coalmine and Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center, with the day highlighted by the public event at city hall. The stay in Hazard will continue through Tuesday morning before the Caravan makes for visits to Hindman Settlement School and with first responders from Floyd County and Magoffin County. First responders from the two counties assisted in the search and rescue effort for a 22-month-old found alive after several days missing in May.

Paintsville: Wednesday, June 26, 10-11:30 a.m. at Paintsville Recreation Center (232 Preston St, Paintsville, KY 41240)

The Caravan’s final day in Eastern Kentucky will be spent in Paintsville, where Kash Daniel and fellow members of the Kentucky football team will participate in the public event at the Paintsville Recreation Center on Wednesday from 10-11:30 a.m.

Owensboro: Thursday, June 27, 4-6 p.m. at Kroger (2630 Frederica St, Owensboro, KY 42301)

The Caravan will head west to Owensboro for stops at various local businesses and a visit with local first responders. The day in Owensboro will conclude with the public event at Kroger.

Meade County: Friday, June 28, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Kroger (568 By Pass Rd, Brandenburg, KY 40108)

This year’s Caravan will make its final stop in Meade County with more visits to local businesses and the public event at Kroger.

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