The Kentucky State Fair Board is the governing body of Kentucky Venues. With members representing agriculture, business and education, the board was first created in 1938 to oversee the Kentucky State Fair.

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Mission Statement

Kentucky Venues shall promote the progress of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and stimulate public interest in the advantages and development of the Commonwealth by providing the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center for exhibitions, conventions, trade shows, public gatherings, cultural activities and other functions. In managing these two facilities, Kentucky Venues resolves to advance Kentucky’s agriculture and tourism industries and economy while serving the entertainment, cultural and educational interests of the public.
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David S. Beck

President and CEO - Kentucky Venues

Kevin Moore

General Manager - Kentucky Exposition Center

Board Members

Gov. Andy Beshear

Kentucky Governor

Dr. Mark E. Lynn

Chairman, Louisville

H. David Wallace

Vice-Chairman, Verona

Dr. Ryan Quarles

Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Georgetown

Dr. Nancy Cox

VP for Land-Grant Engagement and Dean College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Kentucky, Lexington

Secretary Mike Berry

Secretary of the Tourism Arts and Heritage Cabinet, Louisville

Cleo Battle, CDME-CTA


Edward Bennett


Marshall Coyle


Joseph T. Goggin


Phillip McCoun


Tandy Patrick


Michael Poynter


Lee Robey


Billy Ray Smith

Bowling Green

Dr. David Williams



Representative Richard Heath

Representing Speaker of the House, Mayfield

Senator Paul Hornback

Representing President of the Senate, Shelbyville

Secretary Holly M. Johnson

Finance & Administration Cabinet, Frankfort

Jonathan Pinkston

President, FFA, Mercer County

Madison Wilmoth

President, 4-H, Hodgenville