The Kentucky Bourbon Festival, America’s premier celebration of the nation’s native spirit that started in 1992 has announced the show is still on but the date has been bumped by a month because of the global Covid-19 pandemic. The Kentucky Bourbon Festival that takes place in Bardstown, Kentucky has been moved from September 16-20 to October, 15-18, 2020.
Show organizers say the decision comes after thorough evaluation and consideration by Festival leadership, its Board of Directors and partner distilleries. Kentucky Bourbon Festival President and COO Randy Prasse said the ever-changing Covid-19 pandemic, business operations guidelines and the time lost during the key event planning time this spring, ultimately led to the decision.
Kentucky Bourbon Festival is Agile and Ready to Adapt
“We are regaining 30 days of planning with this decision. We feel that with this short delay, we have time to still produce a quality event – and do it 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 in existence,” Prasse said.
“Unlike some of our region’s larger events, we are smaller and more agile and can make decisions a lot closer to the target. If we do have to cancel the event, we will but we owe it to our supporters and bourbon industry partners to make every effort to produce the 2020 Festival.”
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The Kentucky Bourbon Festival began as a simple Bourbon tasting dinner and has grown tremendously over nearly three decades. Today, it’s known as one of the Commonwealth’s leading cultural festivals and as a celebration of the people and the community that have contributed to the state’s signature industry for generations.
“We are doing everything we can to plan for and execute a new and re-imagined 2020 Kentucky Bourbon Festival,” said Kentucky Bourbon Festival Board of Directors Chairman David Mandell. “At the same time, we’re working to ensure the health and safety of our attendees and valued partners. If that means we need to make adjustments in the coming weeks, we will do so.”
Tickets for the 2020 Kentucky Bourbon Festival are expected to go on sale soon.