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Hemp Social Fundraiser Attracts Lexington Community

On the evening of Thursday, October 17th, the Kentucky Hemp Heritage Alliance (KHHA) and affiliates at the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation hosted the fourth annual hemp fundraiser at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate in Lexington presented by Kentucky Hemp Works.

Guests enjoyed a first-of-its-kind hemp-infused social soiree featuring a CBD Cocktail Competition, hors d’oeuvres, live music, vendors, and a silent auction.

Hemp-infused foods were prepared and donated by Corto Lima and Coles 735 Main.

The Patrick McNeese Band uped the ambiance with live musical entertainment, featuring single “Hemplands.”

Vendors included Rock House Brewery with a hemp brown ale, Sav’s Chill with hemp ice cream, Forage Food Truck with hemp foods, as well as hemp product retailers, service providers and educators. Hemp vendors/service providers including; *Kentucky Hemp Works, *Fouser Labs, *Republic Bank, *Cannabusiness Laboratories, *Ancient Aromas, CBD Wellness of Kentucky Handmade Hope Rags & Modern Country Couture, CBD Time, Hemp Ventures, Cornbread Hemp Co.

The evening -- presented by Kentucky Hemp Works, with sponsors at Fouser Environmental Services, and support from CannaBusiness Laboratories, LLC, Ancient Aromas and Republic Bank -- raised funds for the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and the Kentucky Hemp Heritage Alliance to benefit continued hemp education and historic preservation at Ashland through the Heritage Hemp Trail. Each year, the historic site grows a small hemp demonstration plot to educate guests about Kentucky’s rich hemp history and its modern day revival. Funds from the event will go toward:

  • The annual hemp demonstration plot at Ashland (program fees/costs)

  • K-12 Hemp Education (Presentations & Materials) i

  • A new hemp exhibit to be installed in the smokehouse

  • Programming development on the history of hemp and the enslaved at Ashland with Black Soil

  • Hemp paper and printing for educational trail maps available for free to visitors at Ashland, and at featured sites along the Heritage Hemp Trail

Hemp was a principal element of Henry Clay’s personal economy and as a result influenced his public career. He was a staunch advocate of American Hemp and wanted it used exclusively by the U.S. Navy and be prominent in the U.S. marketplace. Learn more at:

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