The two businesses which comprise Radcliff’s new tourism corner planned a joint community celebration but it was postponed because of coronavirus concerns before ever being formally announced.
Although the initial Bourbon & Blades celebration now is being planned for next spring, country music headliner John Michael Montgomery still plans a personal appearance this month in Radcliff.
An avid knife collector, Montgomery is scheduled to attend the Aug. 22 W.R. Case knife show at Red Hill Cutlery. Montgomery will be signing autographs and meeting with guests from behind Plexiglas barriers in keeping with COVID-19 safety precautions.
The Basham family, proprietors of Red Hill Cutlery, opened a new showroom off Joe Prather Highway late last year alongside Boundary Oak Distillery. Since that time, they had been collaborating with Master Distiller Brent Goodin on plans for a joint celebration.
Jason Basham said delaying it until 2021 was a disappointment but unavoidable considering changing restrictions regarding the virus. He said plans were put on hold after consultations with Radcliff Mayor J.J. Duvall regarding health and safety concerns.
Montgomery, a resident of Nicholasville, has been looking forward to visiting the new knife store, according to the Bashams. A special commemorative knife will be presented to him Aug. 22.
A limited edition of 100 of the saw-cut red bone knives also will be sold that day, according to the Bashams.
Goodin said a commemorative bourbon bottle also is being designed and will be presented to Montgomery.
Montgomery, 55, rose to national prominence in the 1990s with country music hits including “I Love the Way You Love Me,” “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight” and “I Can Love You Like That,” all which reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
Although he will not be performing at the knife show, the Bashams said he is committed to appear at the initial Bourbon & Blades celebration, now tentatively set for June.