“B” as in, Bluegrass State

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Most people think of Kentucky as the Bluegrass State, why? Every visitor I have housed asks the same question, “Where is the ‘Blue’ grass?” After picking myself up from the double over laughter, I respond, “So you fell for it?!”

Our grass is not blue, honestly have you ever seen “blue” grass anywhere? We have green grass just like every other place on this planet and honestly I do think it is a tourist trap. Why do I think this?

Think about it? You have a visitor in your state searching for something only the locals know doesn’t exist. They stop to ask where to find this illusive feature and are told, “Oh, that is in the northwest.”

Upon arriving in the northwest and seeing no blue grass they stop again. Ask the same question, “Oh, that is in the southeast.”

All the while they are using gas, have to stop to use the facilities, which means little Johnny has to have one of our fine coon skin caps. Realizing they did not pack a lunch a stop to eat is required.

This goes on and on; a ploy, an economy builder but no you will not see “blue” grass ever in Kentucky. We don’t have any, but we can offer…

Some mighty fine bourbon to wash away those bluegrass blues.



Eliza said, 

Damn I'm sooo disappointed, I really thought there was Blue grass there ;-)

April 2, 2011 at 4:17 AM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

I enjoyed the post Jules very interesting,

Have a lovely week-end.


April 2, 2011 at 4:44 AM  
Francine Howarth said, 


ROFL: so how about the Blue Ridge Mountains of V?

Thing is, we have "Bluestones" here in Pembrokeshire, Wales. They feature in the famous mystery surrounding the ancient monument of Stonehenge! ;)


April 2, 2011 at 4:44 AM  
Siv Maria said, 

There are so many words that I wonder, "Where in the world did this come from and who thought of it" I always associated the term Blue grass with music and not any particular place :)Nice post, have a good day and a better night.

April 2, 2011 at 5:24 AM  
The Words Crafter said, 


Did you know, though, that there is a type of grass called Kentucky Blue Grass? It's pretty and thick just simply lush.....maybe the tourists are stealing your sod :P

April 2, 2011 at 7:02 AM  

Your words made me laugh. I have been to Kentucky. My first words? Show me the blue grass. Yes, I do have blue grass blues. So disappointed just to see green grass. What a ploy!

April 2, 2011 at 7:41 AM  
Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said, 

hahaha I love how you write, it's hilarious.

Great **B** post, Jules.


April 2, 2011 at 8:03 AM  
Liz P said, 

I always associated the nickname with the music style, but like the Words Crafter noted, there is a type of grass, too (though of course it's not blue!) :)

That's too funny. People tend to have funny expectations about the places they visit.

April 2, 2011 at 8:06 AM  
Rebecca Bradley said, 

Loved this post and now I know not to go looking for blue grass :)

April 2, 2011 at 8:17 AM  
Tracy said, 

Jules, I thought for certain I'd come here this morning and your 'B' would be Basketball, as in Kentucky Basketball...I'm disappointed in you for slighting the obvious!!!
:) ...just kidding!

April 2, 2011 at 9:15 AM  
Jeanne said, 

Hmm. No Bluegrass. Well I live in the Sunshine State and there is plenty of that. Maybe they should change the name. The Horse State. The Rolling Hills State. The Derby State. Great blog. I loved it and will be back. And I even learned something.

April 2, 2011 at 9:52 AM  
Karen Walker said, 

I've never been to Kentucky. Would love to see it someday.

April 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM  
N. R. Williams said, 

Funny Jules. We had a relative come for a visit once. He lived in Minnesota. I come from a long line of farmers. When he got to our house he asked my mother. "Where are all the crops, I didn't see many farms." My mother said, "We grow mountains here." LOL...now we really do have crops, my relative just didn't drive by any.

April 2, 2011 at 10:18 AM  
Glynis said, 

Enjoyed your post! :)

Blue grass, I had some in my UK garden. Can't get it here in Cyprus.

April 2, 2011 at 10:25 AM  
Melissa Bradley said, 

LOL Great post! I always did wonder why there was no blue grass. I thought maybe it so green it looked blue. ;) I do love me some some Kentucky bourbon every now and then.

April 2, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Holly Ruggiero said, 

Love it! I enjoy bluegrass music and I love the banjo.

April 2, 2011 at 11:49 AM  
Blasphemous Aesthete said, 

LOL, so the quest for the blue grass can lead the tourists to a state of feeling blue after falling for a maze of something that is a nifty trap, walking in circles.
Alas, they'll fall for it just once.

Nice one, may Kentucky keep on growing with the inflow of tourists seeking the blue grass.

Blasphemous Aesthete

April 2, 2011 at 11:54 AM  

I never even thought about the blue grass thing when I was in Kentucky. I kept asking my friend where we could go that would allow me to ride a horse! Horses were everywhere (Lexington) and not one was for someone like me to ride for fun. Crazy!

April 2, 2011 at 12:04 PM  
Paul Joseph said, 

YES!!! I LOVE this post!!! I lived in Louisville for eight years (ages 7-15) and consider it my hometown - despite being born in NY. I'm always excited to see another Kentuckian in the blogosphere. I was more excited to see someone else incorporate Kentucky in their "B" post, though mine focuses on the Wildcats, not the grass. Big game tonight!

April 2, 2011 at 12:16 PM  
Renae said, 

I really enjoyed this post. At least your grass is green, here in Kansas when it gets dry the grass has a hard time staying that color!

April 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Sarah Allen said, 

Great post :) I have this awesome hilarious image in my head of a big van of hippies driving back and forth accross Kentucky...I don't know why I'm thinking hippies, but there you have it. And the blue grass picture you have is beautiful :)

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

April 2, 2011 at 12:56 PM  
Tiger85 said, 

I've heard of Kentucky Blue grass but I just thought it was a name of the grass like there are aspen trees and pine trees, ect. I never did think it was actually blue. LOL Well when I was a kid I did. Love your post and I love the movie Thema & Louise. Have a good weekend. =)


April 2, 2011 at 1:50 PM  
Gail M Baugniet said, 

When it comes to tourism, you have to attract the tourists anyway you can! Good humor.

April 2, 2011 at 2:12 PM  
Summer Ross said, 

LOL- I always thought it had something to do with bluegrass music.

In Wyoming we have the same thing- but its called a jackalope. Basically a rabbit with horns- that doesn't exist.

April 2, 2011 at 3:02 PM  
Cruella Collett said, 

It never occurred me that the grass might actually be blue, but I do enjoy (limited exposure to) bluegrass music ;)

April 2, 2011 at 3:07 PM  
Ella said, 

I always think of the music and the moonshine, I mean the blue moon of Kentucky...I'm in deep, pass the bourbon(see, I didn't pick whiskey) ;-D

April 2, 2011 at 3:15 PM  
Theres just life said, 

Sounds a lot like the Texas Jackalope. I've never seen it but a friend of a friend says....

Love the blog.
Pamela Jo

April 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM  
The Golden Eagle said, 

Great post!

I never really thought about it being literal grass; I associate it with music. And I have to admire bluegrass musicians--they play so fast!

April 2, 2011 at 4:09 PM  
RosieC said, 

Hahaha. Yup. And come a little further north and we've go a bunch of Hoosiers to show you. Oh, what's a Hoosier? You mean you don't know? I can't BELIEVE you don't know. I thought everybody knew that...



April 2, 2011 at 4:14 PM  
Ellie said, 

Yep. I fell for it. LOL. Loved thi post!

Ellie Garratt

April 2, 2011 at 4:16 PM  
Lucy Adams said, 

The bourbon, the race horses, the music and the people make up for the lack of actual blue grass. Just hearing the song My Old Kentucky Home almost convinces me to move there. But then I feel that strong root tethering me to Georgia.

Happy A to Zippity-doo-dah,

April 2, 2011 at 4:37 PM  
Alison Miller said, 

hahahaha - loved this!

April 2, 2011 at 4:48 PM  
L. Diane Wolfe said, 

We have a little bluegrass in our lawn and it's not blue at all!

April 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM  
Clarissa Draper said, 

What a funny post. A great way to attract tourists.

April 2, 2011 at 9:50 PM  
Olivia J. Herrell said, 

The Blue Ridge Mountains aren't blue, either. But they certainly look blue in a certain light. Check out the header of my blog. :)

~ that rebel, Olivia

April 2, 2011 at 10:32 PM  
Jingle said, 

wow, love the image on Bluegrass,

always have fond memories on Kentucky.


April 2, 2011 at 10:49 PM  
Grandpa said, 

Hi greetings from The Farm. I was hoping you're gonna explain how the grass in Kentucky got its blue color...

Ours is perhaps the only place where the grass is not greener on the neighbor's side - because they've been sprayed with weed killers.

Life on The Farm

April 3, 2011 at 7:40 AM  
Grammy said, 

Blue grass does not grow all over Kentucky, but only in the central portion. It is called "blue grass" because it is so thick and has a blue tint to it, so that when the sun hits it a certain way, it actually looks blue. :)


April 3, 2011 at 12:39 PM  
Kari Marie said, 

Some one once told me there isn't any such thing as naturally occuring Blue Food (blueberries are purple - she claims). I haven't bothered to check her theory. Now you are telling me there is no Blue Grass. Dang it.

April 3, 2011 at 1:11 PM  
Talli Roland said, 

It is a great way to attract tourists! Shame the grass isn't actually blue - that would certainly be interesting.

April 3, 2011 at 1:23 PM  
Tammy said, 

The secret is out, but it's a beautiful state, anyway!

April 3, 2011 at 3:05 PM  
iZombie said, 

big blue bird... it's like a big blue bird...
you forgot about me?
jeremy [iZombie]

April 3, 2011 at 4:09 PM  
Tundiel said, 

Blue grass would be awesome... it's funny how people fall for these things though. :)

April 3, 2011 at 5:08 PM  
February Grace said, 

I love that picture, Jules, the blades of grass look to my newly tweaked vision, like fiber optics.

I am getting really spoiled seeing you post more often. I'm not going to want you to go back to only three days a week later!

They dye the river green in Chicago every March, maybe someday someone in a lab will create hybrid grass the color of Cookie Monster. Which, IMO, would totally rock, and compliment the colors in the sky quite nicely.


April 3, 2011 at 6:10 PM  
SharleneT said, 

Visiting from the A-Z Challenge. If you get down on one knee and squint the ground eye, you'll see a bluish cast to the green grass of Kentucky. People stopped doing that a long time ago.

Come visit when you can at:
http://rockingchairreflections.blogspot.com (A-Z)

April 3, 2011 at 8:04 PM  
Len Lambert said, 

I wish there was really blue grass, hehehe, the photo is lovely! :)

April 3, 2011 at 8:48 PM  
Soooz said, 

Great post! We have the Blue Mountains here in Australia, however they really do appear blue as a result of the Eucalyptus that grow so profusely, they give off a gas that charges the air particles so that the haze around them always appear blue.

I had the pleasure of Visiting Kentucky many many years ago, and have very special memories of the wonderful hospitality I was shown.

Now following courtesy of the A-Z challenge.

April 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM  
Michelle in a shell said, 

Doesn't bluegraass refer to the music? Now I'm confused. But bourbon will cure it :)

April 3, 2011 at 9:46 PM  
Jayne said, 

Bourbon and Bluegrass. The perfect cocktail. Love that Thelma and Louise! ;)

April 5, 2011 at 10:21 PM  
Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said, 

haha!!! Ok...I have to admit, that whenever my hubby and I drive to visit our kids in Ky, I really, truly "see" the blue grass! haha As soon as we cross over the border, I find that I am looking for that lovely thick grass and maybe it's the light hitting a certain way, or I'm looking through my "rose-colored, um...blue...colored" glasses :o)

Blessings & Aloha!

May 27, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
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