MATS: 7 things to know about Louisville

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The Mid-American Trucking Show — a.k.a. MATS — convenes in Louisville this week, and some 70,000 folks will gather. The show opens at 1 p.m. Thursday.

If you’re going — and why wouldn’t you? — there are a few things to know about the city some call The Athens of the West and others call The Horse Capital of the World.

Some things you may not know about Louisville, the host city:

  • 90 percent of the disco balls in the U.S. are made here by Omega National Products.
  • The replica of Babe Ruth’s 34″ Louisville Slugger baseball bat that stands at the Louisville Slugger Museum is 20 feet tall and contains 68,000 lbs. of cement
  • The garland of flowers presented to the winner of the Kentucky Derby (May 2 this year) contains 554 roses
  • Col. Harlan Sanders is buried in the city’s Cave Hill Cemetery
  • Louisville is home to three Fortune 500 companies: Humana, Kindred health Care and Yum! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell)
  • Gentleman’s Quarterly once called Louisville “The Manliest City in America” because it is home to bourbon, baseball and horse racing
  • And, if you have the chance, try a Hot Brown (an open-face sandwich of turkey and bacon smothered in Mornay sauce, baked or broiled and topped with tomato slices) created in 1926 at the Brown Hotel by Fred K. Schmidt.

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