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Louisville, home of Kentucky Fried Chicken, the Kentucky Derby (the most exciting 2 minutes in sports) and the Louisville Slugger, is honored to serve as host for Police Fleet Expo’s third annual conference. This will be held August 23–27, 2006. Prepare for a healthy heap of Southern hospitality as you experience some of the best this fine city has to offer.

Centrally located, Louisville is easily within driving range from many areas. It is a mere 100 miles south of Indianapolis; 300 miles south of Chicago; 500 miles east of Kansas City; and 600 miles west of Washington DC. If you drive, you’ll travel through some of the most beautiful country you’ve ever seen. Louisville is also served by many major airlines if you prefer to fly.

After the daily sessions and events have ended, you should have no trouble finding something of interest. Just several blocks away from the conference Marriott hotel, one of Louisville’s newest attractions, “Fourth Street Live” can be found. Here, you will enjoy many opportunities for good food, varied attractions and entertainment.

Musical groups ranging from local acts to national headliners can be found playing outside on many nights because vehicle traffic is prohibited. Numerous dining establishments await, including the Hard Rock Café, Maker’s Mark Bourbon House and Lounge, Red Star Tavern, TGI Fridays and more. Ever heard of the famous “Hot Brown?” You’ll find it and one of the best cheeseburgers you’ve ever tasted at Cunningham’s on Fourth Street. Getting hungry? Just start to pack your bags and head to Louisville—you’re taste buds will be glad you did.

Entertainment options abound at “Fourth Street Live,” where dueling pianos play late into the night at “Howling at the Moon.” Watering holes include the Parrot Beach bar, the Red Cheetah and others. You can even go bowling at Lucky Strike Lanes. No matter what you like, you’re sure to find something here that will tickle your fancy. Think of it as a sampling of New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, San Antonio’s River Walk, and the Las Vegas Strip, all in one on a smaller scale.

If your musical tastes include rock, country, classical, bluegrass, opera, jazz, or something a bit more diverse, you’re sure to find a venue in Louisville that will you bring you back for more. With variety being a central theme in this city, all tastes are sure to be pleased.

If something a bit slower is your style, perhaps the Louisville Slugger Factory & Museum, the Frazier Historical Arms Museum, the Louisville Science Center and IMAX Theatre, or the Muhammad Ali Museum might fit the bill. Since this wide range of attractions is all close to the conference hotel, there are certainly options for leisure time activities.

You’re in luck if you like bourbon or just like to visit distilleries. Within 100 miles of Louisville, you can get on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. This tour includes notable distilleries such as Jim Beam, Makers Mark, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, Four Roses and Heaven Hill. You can see (and perhaps taste) the well-perfected art of producing this fine tasting beverage, smell the grains, waken your senses and see a piece of U.S. history.

While not quite the same as riverboat gambling, “Caesars Casino” across the river in Indiana provides all the amenities of its big brother in Las Vegas. Just a short journey 20 miles west of Louisville, it will provide you with ample opportunities to see if “Lady Luck” smiles on you. Caesars offers both gaming and excellent food and entertainment, as well.

Other opportunities for spending some leisure time might include lazy stroll along the Ohio River, through Waterfront Park; viewing some of the many artist’s studios, or experiencing unique shopping along the Bardstown Road and Frankfort Avenue corridors. See you at the Police Fleet Expo!

Dennis Tucker is the fleet manager for the Illinois State Police. He can be reached at

Carl Sandler is the fleet manager for the Louisville, KY Metro Police Department. He can be reached at

Photo by Glenn Craig, Louisville Metro Police Computer Forensics and Analysis Squad.

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Jul/Aug 2006

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