Crews finishing new venue ahead of Hometown Rising

By TAYLOR DURDEN | WAVE 3 News

The beginning of the “Tri-Fest-A” starts this weekend with Hometown Rising.

The country music festival is the first one in Louisville, kicking off three straight weekends of music festivals in Louisville.

Hometown Rising, Bourbon and Beyond and Louder than Life will all be at a brand new venue at the Kentucky Expo Center.

“We were searching for a very long time and thought about it very carefully and this property was perfect,” said Lindsey Medina, Director of Marketing for Danny Wimmer Presents.

Hometown Rising logo
Hometown Rising will be Sept. 14-15 in Louisville.

The venue change comes after 2018’s Bourbon and Beyond was cut short and Louder than Life was cancelled because of rain.

Medina is confident this new venue won’t have any issues.

“As far as any potential weather is concerned, we have the infrastructure here to be able to handle any sort of rain, there’s drainage here and the ability to continue the show,” Medina said.

Hometown Rising has a lineup with 30 different artists including Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan and Keith Urban, nearly two dozen distilleries and a variety of food.

“We love Louisville,” Medina said. “We really do. It’s a really special place and country music is so dominant here. It’s a huge piece of the culture.”

Ahead of the big weekend, Ron VanDyke at Presler’s Western Shop has seen dozens of people stop by, looking for that perfect outfit.

“Over the weekend we had a lot of shoppers,” VanDyke said.

Hometown Rising lineup poster
Tickets for the weekend start at $99.50 plus fees.

He said people are looking for everything from boots, to belts, belt buckles, hats and clothes.

“Hats, again, are coming back big time,” VanDyke said. “We’re seeing a lot of young folks buying the hats.”

For more than 50 years, the family business has been helping people find the right fit.

From exotic skins, to real leather, to rhinestones on boots or belts, they have dozens of options to get ready for the big weekend.

“We take pride in fitting a person for a boot, not just selling a boot,” VanDyke said.

Hometown Rising will kick off Saturday for the first time ever and tickets are still available.

For tickets or more information on what you can bring to the festival grounds, click or tap here.

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