Things to Do: Drag the Gut
By Ro Morse
PADUCAH, KY - For the next 364 days, we'll be sharing places to go and things to enjoy in our interesting river town. This is my hometown and when I hear someone say there's nothing to do, I just don't get it. We're making a list of options and attractions and hope this helps when you're wondering what to do in Paducah. If there's something or some place you want others in our community to know about, email me email@example.com
and we'll try to include it during this 365 day adventure. . .
# 1 Drag the Gut
What? If you're from this area, you know. Cruise down Broadway, driving right through the floodwall opening. The scenic Ohio River awaits - along with spectators watching fishermen or boaters putting their boats in (or taking out), jet skiers, kids feeding birds and skipping rocks, motorcyclists hanging out, senior citizens relaxing, towboats pushing barges, gorgeous sunrises, couples talking, people of all ages reading or just watching other people . . . you get the picture.
Did you know that in McMinnville, Oregon they hold a Dragging the Gut festival? It's true.
When you drag the gut, you simply drive down Broadway, along the riverfront and back up to Kentucky Ave. It's nothing magical but if you've been doing it for most of your short or long life, you understand that it's part of living in Paducah. After all, this is a river town and there's something unspoken about
needing to see what's happening on the river side of the floodwall.
When special events use the Wilson stage, the riverfront closes to thru traffic but the KY Ave. side almost always stays open for boaters. Tonight there will be entertainment followed by the traditional July 4th fireworks, so you won't be able to drag the gut until after 11.