Harold Workman

Workman To Retire From State Fair Board

by Rick Howlett on March 22, 2012

Kentucky State Fair Board President Harold Workman has announced his retirement effective December 31st.

He made the announcement during today’s regular board meeting.

Workman says he was under no pressure to step down from the post he’s held since 1993, but questions were raised earlier this year about his future amid a decline in revenue over the past few years, due in part to the shutdown of the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park.

Workman was also criticized by the board last month for his firing of the KFC Yum Center manager.

Workman’s contract was due to expire at the end of June. The board says it will launch a national search for a successor.

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Fired Yum Center Manager Hired To Oversee NCAA Games At Facility

by Rick Howlett February 29, 2012

The University of Louisville has hired ousted Yum Center general manager Ted Nicholson to oversee the three days of men’s NCAA tournament basketball games to be played at the facility in mid-March. Nicholson was fired as the arena’s general manager by Kentucky State Fair Board President Harold Workman this week for undisclosed reasons. The firing […]

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New Bill Would Allow Senate to Confirm Fair Board Appointees

by Kenny Colston February 23, 2012

Kentucky state Senator Joey Pendleton is upset with the potential firing of the Fair Board president and has filed a bill to create safeguards. Harold Workman could be ousted as early as today, though no one involved with the fair board has given a reason why. Pendleton’s bill would allow the Senate to confirm any future […]

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Workman “Very Confident” of 2013 Kentucky Kingdom Reopening

by Rick Howlett February 15, 2012

Thanks to Dan Conti, Kentucky Public Radio The president of the Kentucky State Fair Board says negotiations with a prospective new operator of the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park are going well. Harold Workman told a Kentucky Senate committee yesterday that he expects the talks with the owners of Indiana’s Holiday World to lead to an […]

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Talks End Between Fair Board and Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company

by Gabe Bullard September 30, 2011

The plan to expand, refurbish and re-open Kentucky Kingdom has hit another snag. Talks have broken down between the state Fair Board and businessman Ed Hart’s Kentucky Kingdom Redevelopment Company. Fair Board president Harold Workman says the two sides couldn’t agree on where certain revenue streams should be steered, but declined to elaborate. The board […]

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Hart: Kentucky Kingdom Can’t Reopen In 2012

by Rick Howlett September 22, 2011

Louisville developer Ed Hart says there’s no way the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park can be reopened next year, but he’s willing to extend his interim agreement with the Kentucky State Fair Board and aim for a 2013 reopening. Hart says without a public/private funding partnership and a long-term lease in place, suppliers won’t be able […]

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Ed Hart: “Scratching My Head” Over City’s Ky Kingdom Decision

by Rick Howlett April 6, 2011

The developer who wants to re-open Kentucky Kingdom amusement park says he’s not sure how to proceed after the city declined this week to approve a $20 million bond issue to get the facility back in working order. Ed Hart had hoped to use the money to partially reopen the park in 2012 and make […]

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Arena Sales Team Soliciting Business

by Rick Howlett October 27, 2008

Louisville’s new downtown arena won’t open for another two years, but officials say marketing efforts for the facility are well underway. Arena Authority Executive Director Harold Workman says a sales team has gone to work to bring events to the arena at Second and Main Streets. “They are actively pursuing four or five leads right […]

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