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Kentucky Life celebrates sports across the Commonwealth on Derby weekend

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To celebrate Kentucky Derby weekend, the next Kentucky Life gets in the sporting mood to explore some unique and interesting past-times. The program looks at Dainty, a German street-ball game played in the Louisville neighborhood of Schnitzelburg, a historical marker that explains how Middlesboro’s golf course made history, the marble game of Rolley Hole in Monroe County, EarthJoy Tree Adventures in Alexandria, and the popularity of cornhole across the state.
The program airs Saturday, May 4 at 8/7 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 4/3 p.m. on KET.
• Louisville’s Schnitzelburg community, which was founded by German immigrants, and the 100-year-old Hauck’s Handy Store have hosted the World Dainty Championship each July for the past 42 years. It’s a huge draw in the community, which closes off the street for an all-day festival and Dainty competition.
• In Monroe County, skilled sharpshooters take aim in the strategic marble game of Rolley Hole, which has been played for centuries in this area of southern Kentucky and northern Tennessee.
• Out on a limb with EarthJoy Tree Adventures in Alexandria.
EarthJoy teaches people how to climb trees using ropes, and the climbs are especially popular for special occasions like birthday parties.
• Kentucky Life also takes a look at a historical marker that explains how Middlesboro’s golf course, The Gold Club, made history in America during a time when the sport was unusual in Kentucky.
• The program also takes a look at the popularity of cornhole in Kentucky.
More information about Kentucky Life, including streaming video, is available at ket.org/kentuckylife.