Win a Maker’s Mark® Private Select™ experience (valued at $15,000) at Fête in the Forest

Olmsted Parks Conservancy’s enchanted evening in Iroquois Park, Fête In the Forest on September 14, now features a single-item live auction – giving guests the rare opportunity to bid on a Maker’s Mark bourbon experience typically only available to restaurateurs and liquor distributors. 


The auction is closed to the public and dinner tickets ($600) are required to participate, so if you’re going in on a bid as a group, make sure one member attends the auction the auction at 7pm as your group’s designated representative.

We have a limited number of dinner tickets still available at – share this page with your Bourbon-loving friends before they're gone!


About Maker's Mark Private Select

Maker’s Mark Private Select experience gives you the opportunity to customize your Maker’s 46 by adding 10 custom wood finishing staves to each barrel that you get to personally select. With 1,001 possible stave combinations, each expression of Private Select has a unique, customized finish and taste profile. As a single-barrel bourbon, all expressions of Maker's Mark Private Select are bottled at cask strength – which ranges from 108-114 proof. One barrel produces 250 bottles with customizable labels, making this great gift for clients and friends, or collection item.


Olmsted Parks Conservancy & Maker's Mark

“The Olmsted Parks are precious common ground where we can build social ties, or refresh and renew our private selves. Altogether, the system has helped to define the city’s form, preserve the rich native landscape and improve property values. It is a daily mecca for recreation and relaxation.”

Since September 1989, Olmsted Parks Conservancy has invested over $40 million in Louisville's historic Olmsted Park system. This year, the Conservancy is celebrating 30 years of connecting nature and neighborhood.

Bill Samuels, Jr., the Chair Emeritus of Maker’s Mark, was instrumental in the initial creation of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy – serving as Board Chair for the organization's first seven years. The words he helped write (quoted above) in the original 1990 Master Plan Preface ring true today, thanks to the supporters who have helped the Conservancy continue to enhance, restore and protect the city's 17 Olmsted Parks and 6 Parkways for three decades.

Building on his longstanding connection to the Olmsted Parks and shared commitment to protecting and preserving the natural environment, Bill and the distillery are offering friends of the Conservancy an extremely rare opportunity: to own an entire barrel of Maker’s Mark bourbon that you have designed to your own unique taste preference.