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Does Kentucky Really Have Blue Grass?



Does Kentucky Really Have Blue Grass?

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.65

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     challenging words:    bluish-purplish, budding, tint, landforms, northwest, species, southwest, unique, actually, buds, ever, bluegrass, southern, nickname, seen, thoroughbred
     content words:    Bluegrass State, Mississippi River, Mammoth Cave, Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby, Grass State


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Does Kentucky Really Have Blue Grass?
By Erin Horner
  

1     Have you ever seen blue grass? I haven't. I've seen green grass, and sometimes when I forget to turn on the sprinklers, I see brown grass, too. But I've never seen blue grass. So when I heard that Kentucky was known as the "Bluegrass State," I wanted to go and see what this blue grass looked like.
 
2     When I arrived in Kentucky in the fall, I found many beautiful things. This southern state has a lot of unique landforms. There are rolling hills in the northwest and the Mississippi River plain in the southwest. The central part of the state is the home of the Mammoth Cave area. This is the world's largest cave system. This national park has plenty of amazing things for visitors to see. But I did not see any blue grass!
 
3     I also visited Churchill Downs in Louisville. This is the home of many horse races. The most famous is the Kentucky Derby. This well known race is held every year on the first Saturday of May. While visiting this race track I saw many thoroughbred horses. I also saw the massive grandstands and race track. But I still did not see any blue grass!

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