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Telling the story of Kentucky for the past 41 years. This year the participants set their sights on the river community of Paducah and McCracken County.

October 18—22, 2016

Sandy Lipford, 59, watches as her students, from left, Kristin Kimmel, 14, Grace Burch, 14, Abbie Peck, 13, and Abbie Smith, 17, ride past after a short trail ride at Sandy Creek Stables. Sandy teaches girls from 7 to 16 how to ride horses in several different styles as well as how to care for the animals at her stables on the outskirts of Paducah. Photo: Nathan Papes #mtnworkshops #kentucky #horsesofinstagram (at The Mountain Workshops)

After the final card drop and group picture, the natives get restless. Photo: Jake May #mtnworkshops #kentucky #photojournalism #travelky #nppa (at The Mountain Workshops)

After a long day at school and outdoors, Isaac, left, and Luke Medley inhale some cheeseburgers for dinner. Their mother, Lalah, describes their dynamic as “parallel play” where most of the time, even though they’re doing the same thing in the same place, they’re doing it individually in their own way. Photo: Masao Okano #mtnworkshops #kentucky (at The Mountain Workshops)

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Bonds are built not just between the girls and the horses but between the girls who take lessons there. “I don’t know what it is about girls and horses, but it’s deep, and when they got it they don’t generally grow out of it. Which most parents hope they will,” says Sandy. Photo: Nathan Papes #mtnworkshops #kentucky #horsesofinstagram (at The Mountain Workshops)

#mtnworkshops participants get ready for the hat draw. Photo by Scott McIntyre #kentucky #photojournalism #documentary (at The Mountain Workshops)

Bambi Fox ends a day of caring for racehorses, visiting clients and practicing for a performance. Photo: Kathryn Boyd-Batstone #mtnworkshops #kentucky #photojournalism (at The Mountain Workshops)

Paducah. Photo: Jeffrey Zide #mtnworkshops #kentucky #travelky #paducahkentucky #kentuckyforkentucky (at The Mountain Workshops)

#wku sophomore @lexselig sets up his cameras to shoot a time-lapse while being coached by @grantkaye Photo by: @ninasdanzpartey #mtnworkshops #kentuckyforkentucky #Kentucky #timelapse (at The Mountain Workshops)

Jada Starks laughs with her father, Brad Starks, during their weekly dinner. Brad sees his daughter only once a week because she lives with her mother. Brad, born and raised in Paducah, owns a hot rod shop in which he is the only employee. He gave up on office jobs years ago to pursue his passion of cars, opening his own shop seven years ago. While he is struggling to drum up business locally, he is known on the national scenel for restoring old cars. Brad knows that if his shop were in a more populated area, like Nashville, he’d have no problem growing his business, but he says he cannot leave Paducah because his father and daughter live here. Photo: Deanna Del Ciello

Jada Starks laughs with her father, Brad Starks, during their weekly dinner. Brad sees his daughter only once a week because she lives with her mother. Brad, born and raised in Paducah, owns a hot rod shop in which he is the only employee. He gave up on office jobs years ago to pursue his passion of cars, opening his own shop seven years ago. While he is struggling to drum up business locally, he is known on the national scenel for restoring old cars. Brad knows that if his shop were in a more populated area, like Nashville, he’d have no problem growing his business, but he says he cannot leave Paducah because his father and daughter live here. Photo: Deanna Del Ciello #mtnworkshops (at The Mountain Workshops)

We’re starting off sharing some of our favorite images from the Paducah workshops. Please check back weekly and share! Kyler “Beau” Mathis, third from left, shares a thought with Noah Windhorst, 16, during their lunch period at McCracken County High School. Despite his disabilities, Beau maintains an extremely social demeanor, eating lunch usually with Connor Griggs, 17, second from right, and James Dodd, 17, right. Photo by Alex Ledet #mtnworkshops #paducahkentucky (at The Mountain Workshops)

Yes, yes, the rumors are true. The new #mtnworkshops website is alive! Tell us, what’s your favorite story? (link in profile) (at The Mountain Workshops)

Stay tuned…. the developers are working out some bugs on the #mtnworkshops site. It’s going to be amazing and we’ll let you know!

One final Labbie Love photo. What a team! Now get back to class!!! πŸ’―πŸ’ͺπŸ»πŸ“Έ #mtnworkshops #labbielove #wku #wkupj (at Western Kentucky University)

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Later, Labbie Love! #mtnworkshops (at Farley Elementary)

Still packing. Kind of. #mtnworkshops (at Farley Elementary)

It’s the morning after #mtnworkshops ! Let’s do it all again! Safe travels home and thank you for joining us for an amazing week! πŸ“Έ: @ninasdanzpartey #kentucky #travelky (at Farley Elementary School)

#labbielove πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘πŸ‘‘ #mtnworkshops (at Farley Elementary School)

Production team is putting the finishing touches on the week and getting the website ready to go live with #mtnworkshops stories! (at Farley Elementary School)

Photo by Nina Greipel

Photo by Scott McIntyre

Photo by Jake May

Photo by Jake May

Photo by Jake May

Photo by Nina Greipel

Photo by Nina Greipel

Photo by Nina Greipel

Photo by Nina Greipel

Photo by Nina Greipel

Photo by Jake May