- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) - The southern Kentucky town where Colonel Harland Sanders developed Kentucky Fried Chicken is honoring the man again later this year.

A bronze statue of Sanders is scheduled to be unveiled in Corbin on Aug. 5.

The Times-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1HOk8v3) reports Corbin Tourism and Convention Commission voted recently to do the honors on the day before the community’s annual Nibroc Festival begins.

“The idea is to do it along with one of the city’s largest events,” Tourism Director Maggy Kriebel said.

The Colonel’s statue will be the centerpiece for Sanders Park, which opened last year on Main Street. Corbin is also home to the Harland Sanders Cafe and Museum, where customers can still order the colonel’s famous chicken.

The tourism commission decided to set the date to unveil the statue after seeing photos of the nearly completed work, which is being done by Louisville sculptor Raymond Gras.

The project has been in the works since discussions began in 2009. Corbin Main Street received a federal grant of $24,000 the next year to help with park construction, but still had to raise private funding for the statue.

After officials broke ground on the park in 2011, Friends of the Colonel began raising money to pay for the sculpture by selling pavers and bronze plaques. The cost was estimated at about $47,000.

Kriebel said the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels offered a grant for the statue’s completion and plans to send out invitations for the statue unveiling in an effort to draw more people to the area.

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Information from: The Times-Tribune, https://www.thetimestribune.com

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