By CONNIE LEONARD | WAVE 3 News
A lot of big events are happening this weekend, but none bigger than the music, food and bourbon festival known as “Hometown Rising.”
It kicks off the Tri-Festa of back-to-back-to-back weekend music festivals. A crowd of thousands may have trouble keeping its cool with more than just the hot country acts at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center this weekend.
The grounds of Hometown Rising are impressive, and concertgoers will want to check out the event’s Big Bourbon Bar tent. But, in between sips of bourbon, they may also want to coordinate bottles of water, thanks to the heat that most likely will bring the weekend’s highest temperatures on Sunday.
From Luke Bryan and Little Big Town to Keith Urban, Louisville’s inaugural Hometown Rising is a sizzling country music ticket, but records could be broken, heat records that is.
“It’s hot, humid and dreadful,” said camper Krissy Ramsey, who was ready for a steamy sleep-over Friday and Saturday nights in her tent. “We’ve got 12 gallons of water and a case of bottled water.”
Promoters also have it covered, allowing much more than bourbon to flow inside the gates. Danny Hayes, the CEO of Danny Wimmer Presents, the company that puts on the three-concert series, announced Friday that “we’re going to have refill stations with Louisville Pure Tap.”
Although Sunday will be the hottest day of the event, both days, concert-goers can bring in a sealed water bottle up to 20 ounces, and use those Louisville Water filling stations as needed for free. Shady areas and a medical tent also are on site. What a difference a year makes.
The country concerts join Bourbon and Beyond and Louder than Life, rained out in 2018. Now at the fairgrounds, it’s drier and on higher ground, but the heat will linger.
Ramsey, who’s from Sevierville, Tenn., brought solar fans for her tent.
“You just sit them out in the sun,” she said. “They charge, and then you just turn them on during the night. They work great.”
Kellie and Steve Mattingly of Mt. Washington have a cooler option.
“Yes, it’s very hot, but that’s OK,” Kellie said. “We’ve got a very nice camper to keep us cool.”
The couple has three air conditioners in their massive fifth-wheel camper.
For all concert information, maps and ways to keep cool, just go to hometownrising.com and download their free app.