Howdy y’all! Ready to dive deep into the bluegrass of trivia? We’re not horsin’ around when we say this Kentucky quiz might just be the bourbon of all brain-teasers! From mammoth-sized questions to sizzling fried chicken facts, saddle up and let’s get quizzin’!
1. What is Kentucky’s national nickname?
2. What famous horse race takes place annually in Louisville, Kentucky?
3. Kentucky is home to the world’s longest what?
4. The birthplace of which U.S. President is Hodgenville, Kentucky?
5. Which alcoholic drink is historically associated with Kentucky?
6. Which Kentucky city is known as the “Horse Capital of the World”?
7. The Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant chain began in which city?
8. What is the state flower of Kentucky?
9. Which state borders Kentucky to the south?
10. What popular baseball bat is manufactured in Louisville, Kentucky?
11. The Red River Gorge is a popular destination for what outdoor activity?
12. In which Kentucky city is Fort Knox located?
13. What valuable commodity is stored at Fort Knox?
14. The Great Compromiser, Henry Clay, hailed from which Kentucky city?
15. Cumberland Falls is often referred to as the “Niagara of the South” and is one of the few places in the world you can observe what nocturnal phenomenon?
16. The “Happy Birthday” song is credited to two sisters from which Kentucky city?
17. In what year did the “Great Flood” severely impact the state of Kentucky, especially Louisville?
18. The name “Kentucky” is derived from an Iroquoian word meaning what?
19. Which Kentucky museum is dedicated to the history of baseball and its legendary players?
20. In which Kentucky city can you find the National Corvette Museum?
21. Which famous American frontiersman was known for exploring Kentucky?
22. Which Kentucky lake is the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi?
23. Which university in Kentucky is the state’s oldest center of higher education?
24. Middlesboro, Kentucky is unique because it’s located inside what geographical feature?
25. What nickname was given to Harland Sanders, founder of KFC?
26. Which Kentucky city is home to the “World’s Largest Baseball Bat”?
27. Bluegrass music originated from the Appalachian region but which Kentucky city claims to be the “Bluegrass Capital of the World”?
28. In what year did the Kentucky Derby start its tradition of annual races?
29. Which river forms the northern border of Kentucky?
30. In Kentucky, the town of Rabbit Hash is known for electing what unusual type of mayor?
31. What is the highest natural point in Kentucky?
32. Which state park in Kentucky is known for its seven natural bridges?
33. In what Kentucky city can you find the Muhammad Ali Center?
34. Kentucky holds the record for the world’s largest what?
35. Which actress, known for her role in “The Hunger Games,” was born in Indian Hills, Kentucky?
36. Which beverage, closely associated with the state, is celebrated with the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival?
37. In 1887, the first successful what was performed at the Louisville Medical College?
38. What Kentucky city is known for the “World’s Largest Apple Pie” every year?
39. Which U.S. Vice President was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky?
40. The “Banana Festival” is a quirky event celebrated in which Kentucky town?
41. Which historic Kentucky home, located in Frankfort, is the only executive residence in the U.S. to be designated a National Historic Landmark?
42. What is the official state drink of Kentucky?
43. Which popular soft drink, known for its secret blend of 23 flavors, was invented in a small town in Kentucky?
44. The “Land Between the Lakes” is a popular recreation area in Kentucky. Between which two lakes is it located?
45. Which Hollywood “pirate” was born in Owensboro, Kentucky?
46. Fort Knox, known for housing a large portion of U.S. gold reserves, is located near which Kentucky city?
47. Which popular bourbon-based cocktail is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby?
48. Which dashing “Batman” actor was born in Lexington?
49. Which famous American pioneer and explorer, known for blazing the Wilderness Road, has a state park named after him in Kentucky?
50. Which Kentucky museum showcases a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark?
51. Which “Hannah Montana” actor hails from Kentucky?
52. What is the name of the river that runs through the heart of downtown Louisville?
53. Which Kentucky town is famous for its gold leaf dome and is home to the “Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption”?
54. “Thunder Over Louisville” is a renowned event that serves as the opening ceremony for what?
55. The “Kentucky Horse Park” in Lexington houses memorials for which type of animals?
56. How many counties does Kentucky have?
57. Which Kentucky city is home to the annual “International Bar-B-Q Festival”?
58. Which river divides Kentucky from West Virginia?
59. The “Bluegrass State” is a popular nickname for Kentucky. What makes the grass look blue?
60. In which Kentucky city can you find the Mary Todd Lincoln House?
61. The U.S. Bullion Depository, known for its vast gold reserves, is protected by which branch of the military?
62. What unique Kentucky geological formation has been called the “Niagara of the South”?
63. Which famous TV presenter and journalist was born in Kentucky?
64. The annual “Fancy Farm Picnic” is known as the oldest continuous political event of what kind in the U.S.?
65. Which classic song, now considered the state song of Kentucky, was performed by Florence Henderson at the 1977 Kentucky Derby?
66. What type of tree, abundant in the state, is symbolically represented on the Kentucky flag?
67. Which Kentucky city was originally named “Lick Skillet”?
68. Name the popular “Tennessee Whiskey” singer who was born in Kentucky.
69. Which Kentucky museum is dedicated to coal miners and showcases the history and cultural significance of coal mining in the region?
70. Which popular soft drink, initially intended as a mixer for whiskey, was invented in Kentucky?
71. What was the name of Bill Monroe’s band?
72. What endangered species, once thought to be extinct, was rediscovered in the forests of eastern Kentucky?
73. The annual “Hillbilly Days” festival is celebrated in which Kentucky city?
74. Which Kentucky event, taking place in Paducah, showcases the artistry and craftsmanship of quilt makers from around the world?
75. Which film, starring George Clooney and set in rural Kentucky, is based on the exploits of a trio of escaped convicts?
76. Which Kentucky-born actress starred in “The Hunger Games” series and won an Academy Award for “Silver Linings Playbook”?
77. What unique sport, where participants ride on horseback and use a mallet to hit a ball, is Lexington known for hosting?
78. The world’s largest free-swinging bell is located in which Kentucky historical site?
79. Who is considered the father of bluegrass music?
80. Which famous author, best known for “The Sun Also Rises” and “The Old Man and the Sea”, once lived in Key West and frequently visited the bourbon distilleries of Kentucky?
81. What is the name of the mountain range that spans the eastern part of Kentucky and is part of the larger Appalachian Mountains?
82. In 1887, a meat shower, where chunks of red meat fell from the sky, occurred in which Kentucky county?
83. Kentucky’s Red River Gorge is home to how many natural sandstone arches and bridges?
84. Which Kentucky facility is the largest restored Shaker village in the world?
85. The first-ever cheeseburger was reportedly served in which Kentucky city?
86. Which iconic hat brand, known for its fedoras and other classic styles, was founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1922?
87. Which Kentucky town claims to be the birthplace of the famous song “Happy Birthday to You”?
88. What is the Kentucky state gemstone that’s also used in jewelry and often found in the eastern mountains of the state?
89. Middlesboro, Kentucky, is unique in that it’s built within what specific geological structure?
90. Which international culinary competition did Kentucky chef, Damaris Phillips, win in 2013?
91. Which Kentucky-born rapper had a number one song on the Billboard charts in 2022?
92. Who was the 16th U.S. president born in a log cabin in Hodgenville, Kentucky?
93. Which country singer who has been in the music industry for sixty years was born in Kentucky?
94. Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky boasts the longest cave system in the world. How many miles does it span?
95. Which annual event, known as “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports”, has been held in Louisville since 1875?
96. In what month is the Kentucky Derby held?
97. Which Kentucky city was named after the French king in gratitude for his assistance during the Revolutionary War?
98. Which beverage, crafted in Kentucky, is the official native spirit of the U.S.?
99. Which popular singer and actress of the 50s and 60s was born in Maysville?
100. Which famous Kentucky native known for his chicken recipe started his first restaurant during the Great Depression?
101. In what year did Kentucky officially become a state?
102. What is the name of the large, annual arts and crafts fair held in Berea, Kentucky?
103. Which famous frontiersman and folk hero was born in Kentucky in 1734?
104. What city did bluegrass artist, known as the “Father of Bluegrass”, hail from?
105. The town of Hazard, Kentucky was the setting for which popular television show?
106. Which Kentucky river is the chief tributary of the Ohio River?
107. What author who grew up in Kentucky won a Pulitzer Prize for her book “Demon Copperhead”?
108. Fort Knox, a famous U.S. army post, is best known for housing what?
109. Which iconic actor, known for his roles in western films, was born in Winterset, but moved to and grew up in Kentucky?
110. Pikeville annually hosts a festival commemorating which family feud from the late 19th century?
111. Name the “Dexter” actress who was born and raised in Louisville.
112. Which famous movie, starring Tom Cruise, has scenes set in Kentucky?
113. The Mary Todd Lincoln House, located in Lexington, is significant for being the childhood home of whose wife?
114. Which Kentucky college is known for its work-study program where students work in lieu of tuition?
115. Which Kentucky-born actor had roles in The Daily Show and The Office?
116. In which city was Muhammad Ali born?
117. Which one of Bruce Willis’ daughters was born in Kentucky?
118. Name the city actor Ned Beatty was born in?
119. The Kentucky Horse Park is located in which city?
120. Which mother-daughter music duo originated in Kentucky?
121. In which Kentucky city can you find the National Quilt Museum?
122. Folk singer Mary Travers was born in Kentucky. Which group did she belong to?
123. Which two members of the Backstreet Boys were born in Kentucky?
124. Which 98 Degrees member hails from Harlan?
125. What is the name of the famous Kentucky music festival that celebrates bluegrass music?
126. What official state dance does Kentucky share in common with North Carolina?
127. What iconic dish, made of mutton or lamb, is famously associated with Owensboro, Kentucky?
128. What event began in 1778 when settlers started to celebrate the Kentucky land they had acquired from the Native Americans?
129. Name the professional golfer who won the PGA Championship in 2017 and 2022.
130. Which state park in Kentucky is famous for its pioneer village and reenactments?
131. What is the name of the large sandstone rock formation found in the Daniel Boone National Forest?
132. Kentucky native Telma Hopkins played “Rachel” in which 80s sitcom?
133. What type of food is a Hot Brown?
134. Derby-Pie is usually served at what event in Kentucky?
135. Which Kentucky condiment is made of beer, garlic, and sharp cheddar?
136. True or false? Squirrel and opossum, among other wild animals were traditionally used to make Burgoo.
137. Which historic Kentucky site is the birthplace of Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederate States of America?
138. What is Kentucky Benedictine spread made of?
139. Spoonbread is a famous side dish in Kentucky. What is its main ingredient? ?
140. Which Kentucky river is the longest flowing entirely within the state?
141. What is the nickname of Morehead State University’s athletic teams?
142. Kentucky native Mary Towles Sasseen is best known for what?
143. The famous Cumberland Gap, a key passageway during westward expansion, is located at the junction of Kentucky, Virginia, and which other state?
144. Which Kentucky town claims to be the “Sassafras Capital of the World”?
145. In which city is the University of Kentucky located?
146. John Bibb is known for developing a variety of what vegetable?
147. What is the tallest peak in Kentucky?
148. True or false? Post-it notes originated in Kentucky.
149. Known for its bourbon production, which Kentucky county is named after a French royal family?
150. Which historical Shaker village, the largest historic community of its kind, can be found in Kentucky?
151. Besides Jennifer Lawrence, which actor from The Humger Games is also a Kentucky native?
152. Which boxing legend was born in Kentucky in 1942?
153. Which Kentucky county is known as the “Birthplace of Bluegrass Music”?
154. Lexington Sporting Club is known for what type of sport?
155. Which historic Kentucky trail was used for westward migration and was later incorporated into the Interstate Highway System?
156. What is the University of Kentucky’s football team called?
157. Which Civil War battle in Kentucky was the deadliest, with over 7,500 casualties?
158. Which nickname does the University of Louisville have?
159. In which soccer league does Racing Louisville FC play?
160. In which Kentucky city is the annual Apple Festival celebrated, drawing tens of thousands of visitors?
161. Which Kentucky lake is known as the “Houseboat Capital of the World”?
162. Which 19th-century Kentucky native became the 16th President of the United States?
163. What sport does the Paducah Chiefs play?
164. What is Churchill Downs?
165. Kentucky’s Red River Gorge is famous for its natural stone features. What are these features commonly called?
166. Which Kentucky festival celebrates the woolly worm and predicts the severity of the upcoming winter?
167. At what annual event is the The mint julep traditionally served?
168. Name the Kentucky poet, novelist, and environmental activist known for “The Unsettling of America.”
169. What type of nuts are normally used to make Kentucky bourbon balls?
170. Which Kentucky county boasts the highest number of covered bridges in the state?
171. Kentucky’s Black Mountain is the state’s highest point. Which mountain range is it a part of?
172. How many state parks does Kentucky boast?
173. Which distinctive blue cheese is named after a cave in Kentucky where it was aged?
174. What type of dressing is used in a kilt lettuce salad?
175. Which U.S. Vice President, born in Kentucky, also served as the youngest ever Majority Whip at the age of 33?
176. The Newport Aquarium, a popular Kentucky attraction, is located near which major city?
177. How many state animals and insects does Kentucky have in total?
178. “The Kentucky Cycle” is a series of nine short plays that won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1992. Who is the playwright?
179. What two types of insects are state insects of Kentucky?
180. What is the state musical instrument of Kentucky?
181. True or false? The horse, cardinal, and gray squirrel are all state animals of Kentucky.
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