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Department of Agriculture to host first Hemp Summit Dec. 4 at Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) will host a Kentucky Hemp Summit on Dec. 4 for those interested in learning more about the hemp industry, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. “We decided to host a Kentucky Hemp Summit so that Kentuckians can learn more about this crop that connects the Commonwealth’s past to its future,” Quarles said. “The Summit will feature...

Quarles invites Kentuckians to visit 115th Kentucky State Fair; mid-summer showcase runs Aug. 15-25

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is inviting all Kentuckians to visit the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s mid-summer showcase at the 115th Kentucky State Fair Aug. 15-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. “The Kentucky State Fair brings the best of Kentucky agriculture together in one location,” Quarles said. “The fair is a golden opportunity for farmers to talk to the...

KDA, UK Cooperative Extension Service will transport exhibits to Kentucky State Fair this summer

Want to exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair but can’t make the trip? For the second year in a row, the state fair, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the University of Kentucky (UK) Cooperative Extension Service will transport your best preserves, crafts, honey, vegetables, and other exhibits to Louisville from five locations across the Commonwealth. “Getting to the state fair is a challenge...

National Archery in the Schools Program sees record participation by archers, schools in 2019

In the state where the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) was born as an in-school pilot program, its growth in popularity is evident each spring. Kentucky’s NASP state tournament, hosted March 15-16 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, featured a record 7,039 student archers representing more than 450 schools, solidifying its distinction as the largest NASP state tournament in the nation. “NASP...

Kentucky State Police unveil new ‘Safety Town’ exhibit at 2018 Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Police kicked off the 2018 Kentucky State Fair with a grand re-opening and dedication ceremony for its new “Safety Town” exhibit, a perennial favorite with fair attendees for more than 50 years. KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders hosted 2018 Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard, Kentucky Venues President and CEO David Beck and Mr. Fair Bear (Ky. State Fair mascot) at a red-carpet, ribbon-cutting...

32nd annual Farm Bureau Beef Expo records sales over $1 million for seventh consecutive year

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Beef Expo recorded sales of just over $1 million, crossing seven figures for the seventh consecutive year in its 32nd edition March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. “The Beef Expo has become a staple of the beef cattle calendar in the United States, and the results of the last several years bear that out,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We are Kentucky...

Kentucky Crafted Market’s Kentucky Stage to host 19 musical acts during three-day event March 2-4

Visitors to the Kentucky Arts Council’s three-day Kentucky Crafted Market will be treated to the sounds of 19 of the best and most diverse musical acts in Kentucky. The Kentucky Stage adds a music festival atmosphere to the annual event that features nearly 200 Kentucky Crafted artists during The Market’s public hours March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The 19 music acts,...

Kentucky Crafted Market hands-on activities area offers visitors chance to make and share art

Make your own instrument, add your unique touch to a collaborative collage and learn the art of paper sculpture. These and other fun projects are available in The Kentucky Crafted Market’s Hands-On Activities area, March 3-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Although The Market annually showcases dozens of the state’s finest visual and craft artists, the Hands-On Activities area...

Kentucky artists to gather in Louisville March 2-4 for 36th annual Kentucky Crafted Market

The best opportunity to purchase Kentucky artwork will be when the largest number of Kentucky artists gather for the 36th Kentucky Crafted Market, March 2-4 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The Market is the Kentucky Arts Council’s signature event for Kentucky Crafted artists to display and sell their work to a broad base of retail shoppers and wholesale buyers. Nearly 200 Kentucky...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Street Rod Nationals draw a crowd to Kentucky Exposition Center

For over 20 years the Street Rod Nationals have taken over the Kentucky Exposition Center with over 10,000 classic cars and hot rods. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so much more to the Bluegrass...