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Bash for Rabbit Hash General Store Raises Over $11K

Hundreds of supporters gathered at the new World Headquarters of Colonel De Herbs & Spices for the Rabbit Hash Bash event on March 12. The event raised over $11,000 for the rebuilding of the Rabbit Hash General Store.

This community event was created to help rebuild The Rabbit Hash General Store, which was destroyed by a devastating fire on February 14. The General Store has been in existence since 1831 and is listed on the National Registry of Historical places. The landmark houses memories for not only local, but also people from all over the country. Included in that group was local business owner, De Stewart of Colonel De Herbs & Spices. He felt compelled to help after learning the General Store was a complete loss and insurance coverage was minimal.

“I was completely heartbroken after learning the news from my dear friend Don Clare,” said Stewart.

Don Clare, President of the Rabbit Hash Historical Society, and Stewart have spent many weekends together making and listening to music in Rabbit Hash. 

“We are so thankful for this event and all the support we have been receiving since the fire,” said Clare. “We can’t thank Colonel De and all these people here who have taken time out of their day to stop by and share stories with us. This is over the top.”

Guests enjoyed live local music from Mack West, Pappy’s Jam Band and Serenity Fisher & Michael Ronstadt. All of the food was donated and local restaurant owner Jim Dandy’s newest smoking pit was christened for the pig roast during the event.

Hundreds of Northern Kentucky locals, elected politicians and members of the media who have a passion for Rabbit Hash and the General Store were in attendance.

The live and silent auctions incorporated local specialties to local experiences. There were many items up for grabs from the remains of the Rabbit Hash General Store that were recreated into memorabilia.  Artist’s renderings as well as photographs were amongst the most popular items up for bid.  A featured item was a painting by Food Network star Chef Loreal, “The Butcher Babe", who is not only a chef, but an artist as well. Chef Loreal painted a picture of the Rabbit Hash General Store during the event. 

A formal check presentation is in the works and will take place in Rabbit Hash.

- Staff report/Photo provided