Sunday July 22, 2018
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Guests can create a customized Kentucky State Fair experience next month by downloading a new software program for mobile devices. The app is designed to connect users to all the unique events and attractions that make the Kentucky State Fair unforgettable.

The 2018 Kentucky State Fair mobile app is now available free on both Google Play and the App Store.

Highlighted features include: 

  • Attractions: check out which entertainers are on stage and what animals are in the stalls 
  • Trending: see what’s popular at the Fair 
  • Schedule: create daily schedules of must-see music and entertainment 
  • News & FAQ: get weather, parking and breaking news updates 
  • Maps: find locations of exhibitors, attractions and food

Advance tickets and parking for the Kentucky State Fair are available and can be purchased online via the app through 10 p.m. Aug. 15, as well as at participating Kroger locations.

Ticket prices are:

  • General (Ages 6+); Children under 5 are free with adult
    • In advance: $7
    • Online During Fair: $8
    • At The Gate: $10
  • Parking
    • In advance: $5
    • Online During Fair: $8
    • At The Gate: $10

The 2018 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 16-26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or its blog.

The two leaders who most recently guided the Kentucky State Fair Board agree its future is in good hands with new President and CEO David Beck.

Beck officially began his new role at Kentucky Venues on July 1.

Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Don Parkinson, and Chairman of the Kentucky State Fair Board, Dr. Mark Lynn, who recently served separate terms as interim CEO at Kentucky Venues, predict David Beck will be the most consequential leader in the organization’s history.

“David successfully led a large organization, involved in major state and national legislative regulatory issues, affecting agriculture and rural Kentucky,” said Secretary Parkinson. “He brings a wealth of business expertise to the sixth largest convention operation in the nation.”

Kentucky Venues operates the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC), the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) and produces the Kentucky State Fair, National Farm Machinery Show and North American International Livestock Exposition.

“The blend of leadership capability, knowledge of Kentucky and ability to unite diverse industries set David apart in his role as CEO,” said Dr. Lynn.

Beck sees tremendous opportunities at Kentucky Venues. Beck will preside over grand reopening of KICC on August 6. The downtown Louisville convention center has been closed for 24 months to allow $207 million worth of building renovations to be completed.

Beck says the 540 acre complex at the Kentucky Exposition Center is an ideal location for additional private development such as hotels and entertainment venues.

“KEC sits at the corner of Interstates 65 and 264. That is some of the most valuable property in Kentucky. We are asking private companies to give us ideas on how we can collaborate with them to enhance that area for our citizens and guests to our state. I’m excited about developing something special there.”

Beck said other priorities in his new job include bringing together the urban and rural communities and forming strategic partnerships across the state.

“I want Kentucky Venues to serve as an example of how government entities can operate effectively and efficiently,” said Beck.

Additionally, Beck is reimagining facility use at both properties. Beck plans to increase revenue through new business events and agriculture shows.

“I not only want to preserve the rich tradition of our properties but also enhance it for future Kentuckians and guests,” said Beck.

After 41 years with Kentucky Farm Bureau (KFB), Beck brings to Kentucky Venues experience in agribusiness, government affairs, and executive management. Prior to his retirement at KFB, he served as the company’s Executive Vice President. A five-member search committee was appointed in January by Kentucky State Fair Board Chairman Dr. Mark Lynn to review applications for the president/CEO position that had been vacant since September 2017.

Visit for more information about spaces and events at Kentucky Venues.

Due to the recent fire at The Kentucky Center, Dan & Phil World Tour 2018: Interactive Introverts, previously scheduled for Whitney Hall, has been moved to Iroquois Amphitheater. The event will still be held on August 2nd at 8 pm.

Ticket holders were carefully reassigned into comparable reserved seating at Iroquois Amphitheater. The Kentucky Center box office is sending new tickets to those patrons per their original delivery method. Anyone who purchased tickets in-person will receive their new tickets by mail.

The Kentucky Center remains the OFFICIAL ticket service for this event and open seats for the event at Iroquois Amphitheater are now on sale. Tickets are available online and by phone (584-7777).

A fundraiser for Breslin Park, hosted by the Louisville Parks Foundation and Home Skateshop, will take place at Headliners Music Hall on Thursday, July 26 at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go towards improvements to the park, including a new skateboarding element and shade structure.

The all-ages show will feature Miracle Drug, The Hot Wires, Adventure, Comforter and Legs Akimbo with DJ’s Sam Sneed and Matt Anthony and Sean Cannon as emcee. Custom artwork, tee shirts and stickers designed by local pop artist, Matthew McDole, will be available for purchase. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance at, Headliners Box Office, Home Skateshop, Guest Room Records, or at the door the night of the show.  All tickets bought in person, will come with a free Matthew McDole Breslin sticker.

Funding for the project is the result of a partnership between the Louisville Parks Foundation, a non-profit that supports Louisville Parks and Recreation, Home Skateshop, Councilman Bill Hollander and individual donors.

Anyone interested in donating to the Breslin skate spot should visit

The 2018 Kentucky Legislature passed a three-foot bicycle passing law sponsored by Rep. Jerry Miller that will take effect July 14, 2018.

The law requires vehicles passing a bicycle to use the adjacent lane if available. If an adjacent lane is not available, then the passing vehicle should pass to the left at a distance not less than three feet between the vehicle and the bicycle.  If the bicycle is in a bicycle lane, the passing vehicle should still be at least three feet from the bicycle.

Distance is measured from the outmost portion of the vehicle to the outmost portion of the bicycle. A pickup truck with wide view mirrors would require a space of three feet from the mirrors to the end of the bicycle handlebar.

If the roadway, the distance from the edge of the pavement to the other side of the pavement, is too narrow to give three feet clearance, then the passing vehicle should use reasonable caution. Typically this will occur on one-lane roads less than 10 to 12 feet wide.

The new law also allows passing vehicles to legally cross a double yellow line to pass a bicycle – if there is enough sight distance to safely pass, considering the slower speed of the bicycle and greater visibility around the bicycle.

Thirty-four states have similar safe passing laws to use the adjacent lane or give three feet or more.

Like all states, Kentucky law also requires cyclists to follow the basic rules of the road.  Like any operator of a vehicle, a bicyclist must ride with traffic, obey traffic laws and stop at stop signs and red lights.

When following the rules of the road, a cyclist has the same right-of-way as any car, truck or bus driver.

However, state law requires a bicycle to operate as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable. While the word “practicable” is undefined, there are many exceptions cited when it would be unreasonable or unsafe to ride on the right side of the lane – for example, to avoid parked cars, surface hazards, or moving vehicles.

Cyclists are also permitted to ride two abreast, meaning side-by-side, in the same lane.

Cyclists must also use a white light on the front of the bike and a red reflector or red light in the rear between sunset and sunrise or whenever the weather makes lights necessary.

Laws related to bicycles are in Kentucky Administrative Regulations, KAR 14:020. The three foot law is at KRS 189.300 amended.

For more information on Kentucky bicycle laws, visit , contact Troy Hearn, Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, (502) 782-5060,,  the  Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, Phone: (502) 564-1438, or Dixie Moore,

Photo: The Kentucky Center

“Full of pathos, honesty and boomerang hippos, Believe Me is a wonderful show which gives a fascinating glimpse into what drives this remarkable man.” – Manchester Evening News

In his New York Times best-selling book Believe Me, Eddie Izzard writes with the same candor and insight evident in his comedy to reflect upon a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school, and alternative sexuality, as well as life in comedy, film, politics, and philanthropy.

Over his thirty-year career, Eddie Izzard has proven himself to be a creative chameleon. In Believe Me, he recounts his dizzying rise from the streets of London to West End theaters, and on to Wembley Arena, Madison Square Garden, and the Hollywood Bowl. With his brand of keenly intelligent and wide-reaching comedy, he has built an extraordinary international fan base that transcends age, gender, and race.

The Kentucky Center is the official ticket service for this event. Tickets go on sale to the public Friday, July 13, at 10 a.m., online and by phone at 584-7777.

The Kentucky Center Presents

EDDIE IZZARD: Believe Me Tour

Sunday, September 30, 8 p.m.

Brown Theatre

315 W. Broadway, Louisville 40202

This weekend, Locust Grove will be celebrating 200 years of Jane Austen’s Persuasion during the 10th Annual Jane Austen Festival. The festival starts Friday, July 13th at 6:00 PM with twilight shopping and a special presentation of Persuasion. The festival continues all weekend, opening at 10 AM on both Saturday and Sunday.

The event will feature presentations and workshops about the time period. Everything from cosmetics of the time to making your own herbal tea to how to make your own bound book will be covered over the course of the event. Most workshops cost extra to cover supplies, but if you ever wanted to make your own Evening Kentucky Rose, it will be worth the cost. Patrons of the event will also have the opportunity to attend a Grand Ball on Saturday at the Pendennis Club (tickets sold separately).

Tickets to the event can be purchased online ahead of time or at the admission gate. Festival admission does not sell out, but the workshops and Grand Ball have limited seating and usually sell out. Ticket prices are:

  • Friday – $6 per person
  • Saturday and Sunday – $15 per person per day, or $25 for both days
  • Children under 12 are admitted free with a paid adult.

More information about the event can be found on the website.