Kentucky State Fair Board

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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Fair Board Approves Lease to Reopen Kentucky Kingdom Property

by Devin Katayama February 23, 2012

The Kentucky State Fair Board has unanimously approved a new lease for the owners of Indiana’s Holiday World to acquire the former Kentucky Kingdom property. Bluegrass Boardwalk is a Koch family company recently formed to pursue the Kentucky Kingdom park. Dan Koch addressed the board today, saying Bluegrass Boardwalk will be the new name of […]

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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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New Suitors Sought To Restart Kentucky Kingdom

by Rick Howlett October 10, 2011

The Kentucky Kingdom amusement park has spent a second straight summer behind locked gates, as the state fair board seeks a new operator. Board officials say they’re committed to getting the park back up and running. It appears the park will stay closed for a third summer, with officials most likely looking toward a 2013 […]

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Lawmaker Optimistic About Kentucky Kingdom Reopening

by Rick Howlett October 3, 2011

A Kentucky lawmaker whose district includes the shuttered Kentucky Kingdom amusement park says he’s optimistic the state fair board will find an operator for the facility. State Representative Jim Wayne says he was surprised to hear that negotiations with developer Ed Hart to reopen the park fell through last week. Fair board president Harold Workman […]

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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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Hart: Time Running Out For 2012 Kentucky Kingdom Reopening

by Rick Howlett September 13, 2011

The man who wants to reopen the Kentucky Kingdom amusement park says he’s close to securing nearly $29 million in private funding for the effort, but time is running out for state and local governments to finalize their commitment. Kentucky Kingdom was shut down early last year after its previous operator, Six Flags, declared bankruptcy. […]

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Kentucky Kingdom Expected to Reopen May 2012

by Devin Katayama August 26, 2011

Plant life has weaved between the roller coaster tracks of what use to be Kentucky Kingdom’s major attractions, but the park is now expected to open next May, in a public-private partnership. Kentucky State Fair Board President and CEO Harold Workman spoke on Thursday at the annual joint meeting between the fair board and the […]

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Hiring To Begin Soon For State Fair Jobs

by Rick Howlett July 28, 2011

Hiring will begin early next month for about 275 temporary jobs at the Kentucky State Fair. The positions include maintenance and housekeeping staff, admission gate keepers, tour guides and tram drivers. Wages begin at $7.25 an hour. Hiring begins Monday, August 8 and continues through the fair’s ten-day run, which begins on August 18. Application […]

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