Sam Dick's Citrus Bowl Diary | Day 3: Busy day ahead in Orlando!

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ORLANDO, Fla. (wKYT) - Good morning from Orlando! It’s 65 degrees this morning with a high of 82 today. Colder weather moves in Friday with a high of 73. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Happy New Year! What a way to celebrate. UK vs Penn State in the Citrus Bowl. As we count down to the game on New Years Day, our WKYT crew will be live today from Camping World Stadium at noon, and later in the day, I’ll be live from the UK pep rally. It’s being held at Pointe Orlando which is several miles from downtown on International Drive. IDrive, as the locals call it, is right in the middle of tourist heaven. There is a giant Ferris wheel, a very tall Space Needle, water parks, hotels galore, restaurants everywhere and people everywhere. At the pep rally, the UK Marching Band will perform, all 206 members, the UK Cheerleaders (23 national championships), and Coach Stoops are expected. We’ll bring you live coverage on WKYT and on Facebook.

I’ll also have a special story at 6 p.m. on WKYT with a group of central Kentucky cheerleaders who were invited to perform at the Citrus Bowl. 19 Lincoln County cheerleaders and their coach, Amy Bastin, are here. They went to a cheerleading camp at UK this past summer and won an invitation to Orlando. They accepted, and the community got behind them with fundraising. They were coming no matter which teams were playing. It turns out the Kentucky Wildcats are playing, and that really topped off a great trip for these young ladies.

From 7-8 p.m. our sports team, Brian Milam and Jeff Piecoro, will host a UK Football special on WKYT from inside Camping World Stadium. I will be live from Pointe Orlando following the pep rally.

Before you bring in the New Year, I hope you’ll watch WKYT at 11. I found a group of UK alums, medical school students, who have opened a brewery in Orlando. One of them is from central Kentucky and moved to Orlando for his residency. He’s a Big Blue fan and is thrilled the team is playing in Orlando. They have created a beer I can’t wait to try: the Go Big Blue (berry) IPA. Yum! Do I feel blessed to tell these kinds of stories? YES!

Forgive me for one moment of being grumpy…

Every minute you are in Lexington’s rush hour, thank your lucky stars you are not driving in Orlando. Oh my gosh! I used to live here in the 1980s, working as a reporter at the NBC station. Traffic was not the best, but it was nothing like this tangled web of construction, too many cars, and not enough lanes. And oh yeah, add this to the equation. New Year’s Eve is the busiest day at Walt Disney World! Some ride times are HOURS. I think I will sit this one out.

Okay, let’s have fun tonight and be safe!

GO CATS!

Sam



 
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