The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, America’s premier celebration of the nation’s indigenous spirit, announced Wednesday that it will delay this year’s event due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and will host the festival a month later , from October 15 to 18.
The decision comes after an in-depth evaluation and review by the Festival management, its board of directors and the partner distilleries. KBF President and COO Randy Prasse said the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, business operating guidelines and time lost during key event planning period this spring have finally leads to the decision.
“We are regaining 30 days of planning with this decision. We believe that with this short lead time, we still have time to produce a quality event – and to do so safely. We will continue to monitor the CDC, the governor’s office and the tourism industry, and implement our own best practices developed over our 29 years of existence, ”said Prasse. “Unlike some of the bigger events in our region, we’re smaller and more nimble and can make decisions much closer to the target. If we have to cancel the event, we will, but we owe it to our supporters and partners in the bourbon industry to make every effort to produce Festival 2020. ”
The Kentucky Bourbon Festival began as a simple Bourbon tasting dinner and has grown considerably over nearly three decades. Today it is known as one of the Commonwealth’s premier cultural festivals and as a celebration of the people and community who have contributed to the state’s flagship industry for generations. At the end of 2019, the FRB announced changes in the direction of the Festival, a new mission and vision and plans for a redesigned event.
“We are doing everything we can to plan and run a reimagined new Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2020,” said David Mandell, KBF board chair. “At the same time, we strive to ensure the health and safety of our participants and our valued partners. If that means we need to make adjustments in the coming weeks, we will. “
Tickets for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival 2020 will be available for purchase at a later date. Please continue to visit the Kentucky Bourbon Festival at www.kybourbonfestival.com to stay up to date on the latest Festival events and developments.
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