“Company is coming” to visit Richmond and Madison County this weekend, with events expected to bring about 14,000 people to the area.

For the first time since 1995, Eastern Kentucky University will host the Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) State Marching Band competition.

“We have our fingers crossed in hopes that our hometown team at Madison Central will win it all,” Lori Tatum, Richmond Tourism director said. “This is going to be a wonderful event in our community and we are all so excited.”

Traffic will be the heaviest between 3 and 7 p.m., Tatum said,

“There will be fans, buses and trailers coming off of Exit 87 (of Interstate 75), so we all need to prepare for that,” she said. “We just have to let everyone know that company is coming, and there may be a little traffic in some areas.”

Also, Madison Central High School will be hosting the Bluegrass State Games cheer and dance competition Saturday, bringing about 500 participants to town. And the State Ladies Bowling Association Tournament will bring in an additional 300 people.

“It’s going to be a very exciting weekend in Richmond,” Tatum said. “It will be a good thing for us, since we will be able to show off our county and city all while having a wonderful time.”

There is also a Garth Brooks concert in Lexington which may bring some overflow traffic to Richmond this weekend as well.

“I think that this is a testament to you, your entire staff, and everyone involved,” Madison Judge/Executive Clark Kent told Tatum after she shared her news Tuesday with the fiscal court. “I keep saying it gets better and better and better, and this is just amazing that all of this is coming to Richmond.”


Reach Bonnie Dailey at bdailey@richmondregister.com or at 624-6694.


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