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Mayor Unveils Events Calendar and Resource Guide for Event Planners/Producers

Wednesday February 27, 2008

Mayor Jerry Abramson today unveiled the 2008 MetroFest Event calendar with over 200 festivals and events in Louisville this year. It was also announced that Louisville is a finalist in a three-city contest by Bushmills Irish Whiskey that awards the winning city a $40,000 grant. In addition, two free event resource guides are available to assist local event planners and producers and community groups.

“Our many terrific festivals and events are important ingredients to creating a city that is vibrant and exciting,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “We feature over 200 events and with the excitement of the Ryder Cup here in Louisville this year, Louisville residents will have much to look forward to this year.”

The 2008 MetroFest Calendar is in part sponsored by Thorntons Inc. Calendars will be available at 35 Thorntons QuickCafé & Market stores in Louisville. The calendar also will be available as an insert in the March issue of Louisville Magazine and distributed at libraries, community centers, the Zoo, the Downtown Visitors Center, local hotels and several events during the year.

“At Thorntons, we believe it is important to give back to the communities in which we serve,” said Graham Baughman, Thorntons President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are very excited about our partnership with the City of Louisville and the new 2008 Metrofest Calendar.”

Two free event resource guides are available online to assist event planners.

  • Louisville
Metro Event Handbook – a resource guide available online,, with information on local government’s event services and permitting procedures for street closures, food permits, alcohol sales, charitable gaming requirements and more.
  • Louisville Event Resource Guide – a directory listing of event producers. It lists hundreds of vendors who provide services for events such as caterers, venues, entertainers, sign shops, security companies and more. The resource guides is also available online,  with a few hard copies available for citizens. Companies wanting to be listed next year should contact MetroCall 311 or 574-5000 or email Community Relations and Events
  • Persons can contact MetroCall 311 or 574-5000 to get a copy of the MetroFest calendar and go online to obtain an event handbook or resource guide,

    Louisville named finalist in Bushmills Twin City Search

    In celebration of the 400th anniversary of its original license to distill, Bushmills, Ireland , home of BUSHMILLS® Irish Whiskey, continues its nationwide search to find the “Twin City of Bushmills in America.” Louisville is one of the three finalist cities along with Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine. Louisville could win a $40,000 grant along with the Twin City title.

    “Louisville has an unbeatable mix of pride, originality and, sometimes quirky, humor,” Abramson said. “It shows in the pride our citizens have for their neighborhoods, in the unique festivals and events we host, the world-famous products we make and in the eclectic mix of locally-owned restaurants you'll find here.”

    People of legal purchase age are invited to vote at for the city they would like to see crowned the “Twin City of Bushmills in America”. Voting will run through March 17, 2008—St. Patrick’s Day. Voters can enter for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Ireland to experience “Irish at its best,” including a private visit to the Bushmills Distillery.

    If Louisville receives more votes than its competitors, it will be proclaimed the “Twin City of Bushmills in America” and will take home a $40,000 grant from Bushmills—$20,000 for the preservation and advancement of the city’s time-honored traditions and culture, and $20,000 for programs that promote responsible drinking.

    To vote for the Twin City of Bushmills in America, or for more information on Bushmills, visit The winning city will be announced in April 2008.