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The United States of America is a country in North America that extends from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and shares land borders with Canada and Mexico. The United States is a federal constitutional republic, with its capital in Washington, D.C., District of Columbia.
Owensboro is a city in Daviess County, Kentucky, in the United States. Owensboro is the third largest city in Kentucky. It is the county seat of Daviess County6 and is named for Colonel Abraham Owen. It is located on U.S. Highway 60 about 30 miles southeast of Evansville, Indiana. It is the principal city of the Owensboro, Kentucky Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to 2005 estimates, the city had a total population of 55,459 and a metropolitan population of 111,599.
Owensboro was first settled in the 1790s by frontiersman William Bill Smeathers. The settlement was called Yellow Banks, an allusion to the color of the banks of the Ohio River. In 1817, Yellow Banks was incorporated as a city under the name Owensborough, named after Colonel Abraham Owen. In 1893, the name was shortened to its present spelling of Owensboro. The Owensboro Public School System, the Daviess County School System, and the Owensboro Catholic School System oversee K-12 education in and around Owensboro. Their points of interest are Ben Hawes State Park, International Bluegrass Music, Museum, Western Kentucky Botanical Garden and William H. Natcher Bridge.
Owensboro is home to two private, four-year colleges, Brescia University and Kentucky Wesleyan College, and one public commmunity college, Owensboro Community and Technical College. Campuses of Draughons Junior College and Daymar College are also located in Owensboro, and Western Kentucky University maintains an extended campus presence there. Owensboro considers itself the BBQ, Barbecue Capital of the world which holds its BBQ festival and competition every second weekend in May.
Owensboro is home to the Annual Owensboro PumpkinFest held each September at the Sportscenter and Moreland Park complex. The festival consists of food vendors, crafts people, carnival rides, children and adult activities and games, and plenty of contests using pumpkins. Each year, the festival hosts a weekend long concert series featuring some of the areas top bands such as Sundown, Bad Kitty, and Downside to name a few. It can also be considered as the preeminent, historical and potential tourism destination that enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers to become one of the most visited places.

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