OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) The Owensboro Air Show is one of many events taking place across western Kentucky this weekend. Among them is a smaller version of one of the region’s most popular music festivals.
Planes and helicopters will be heard during the air show along the riverfront. When those sounds stop Saturday, the sounds of bluegrass music start.
“It’s just an opportunity to couple those things together,” says Chris Joslin, Executive Director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
The Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame And Museum is having its first Downtown ROMP Air Show After Party Saturday with four performers playing on the north lawn. Joslin says more than a thousand tickets are already sold.
“I think we’re bringing some of the best qualities and attributes of ROMP Festival, because it’s an experience. It’s about the music, but it’s also about community and connecting in that artistic environment. So, we’re bringing those great elements downtown,” says Joslin.
“You’ve already got this great public event downtown, why not go ahead and plan another event around it, continue the party, and offer even more for people coming to the air show,” adds Dave Kirk of Visit Owensboro.
Joslin also says they started this one-day event to showcase the museum and hall of fame’s new home, which opened last fall, and to give people a way to experience ROMP if they’ve never attended the annual summer show.
“It’s just a wonderful way for us to launch this venue in a fun atmosphere, and for people to experience ROMP and to experience everything at the hall of fame,” says Joslin.
Joslin says he’ll see how this year’s event goes before deciding on whether to hold other ones in the future, but he hopes it becomes an annual event.
(This story was originally published on September 13, 2019)