Blue Grass Airport Lexington

Souvenir Sunday: horseshoes and cigars from Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport

Each Sunday at is Souvenir Sunday – the day we look at some of the fun, inexpensive items for sale in airport gift shops.

This week’s souvenirs come to us from the Blue Grass Airport (LEX) in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Aviation Museum of Kentucky is on airport property and last weekend (June 13, 2010) 15,000 area citizens showed up at the airport to walk, run, bike, skate and play on the new general aviation runway as part of the city’s 2nd Sunday initiative, which encourages people to be active.

That sounds like fun but, but this is Souvenir Sunday. So we sent the airport’s Amy Caudill into the airport shops in search of items that cost around $10, are ‘of’ the city or region and are, ideally, a bit offbeat.

She came up with some winners, including this cute stuffed horse –

And these handmade Maker’s Mark cigars, which have filler seasoned with Maker’s Mark Bourbon.  Each cigar is sealed in a glass tube and hand dipped in sealing wax, just like all those bottles of Kentucky-made Maker’s Mark bourbon.

A box of four bourbon ball chocolates sells for under $10

And these “Authentic racing horseshoes with track dirt from Churchill Downs” sell for under $6.

Did you find a great souvenir last time you were stuck at the airport? If it’s priced around $10, is ‘of’ the city of region and is somewhat offbeat, please snap a photo and send it along. Your souvenir may be featured on a future edition of Souvenir Sunday.