The purpose of the Bluegrass Sports Commission is to attract and support new and existing sports events at any level, such as the Bluegrass State Games, to the Central Kentucky Area.

There are more than 300 sports commissions in the United States currently. By working in close coordination with local CVBs, other community organizations and venues, the BSC can be a leader for Central Kentucky.

January 30, 2019

On Wednesday, January 30, 2019, the Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) honored Josh Allen (Kentucky Sports Figure of the Year), Sydney McLaughlin, Verne Lundquist, Tom Leach, and WinStar Farm at the eighth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards.

Proceeds from the evening benefited the BSC and its efforts to grow the economic impact sports tourism has on central Kentucky.

The Barbasol Championship will be held for the third time, July 13 – 19, 2020 at Keene Trace Golf Club’s Champions course. In 2018, The Barbasol Championship became the first PGA TOUR tournament to be held in Kentucky since the Kentucky Derby Open was contested in Louisville from 1957-59. Gary Player claimed his first TOUR victory in the 1958 event.

The Arthur Hills-designed Champions course, located approximately 10 miles from downtown Lexington, opened in 1988 and has played host to a number of championships, including the 1994 USGA Senior Amateur, the 1993 NCAA Division One Men’s Championship, the Southeastern Conference Men’s and Women’s Championships, the Women’s Western Open, the Kentucky State Amateur and multiple Kentucky Opens. It consistently has been ranked as one of the best courses in Kentucky.

Held the same week as The Open Championship, the Barbasol Championship was won by Troy Merritt in 2018  and Jim Herman in 2019.

August 8, 2020

On Saturday, August 8, runners and walkers will take to the streets of downtown Lexington for a night of entertainment and activities.

The night begins with the Fastest Kid in Town race (ages 3 years and up) at 6 p.m., followed by the One-Mile Fun Run/Walk at 7 p.m. Concluding the night is the main event, the A Midsummer Night’s Run 5K, at 8 p.m.

Come and participate in the fun!

Register here!

The Bluegrass State Games is a non-profit program sponsored privately to promote amateur athletics across the Commonwealth. It is the signature event of the Bluegrass Sports Commission, designed to provide Kentuckians of all ages and skill levels a wholesome avenue for positive development through sports and physical activity, to promote and develop amateur athletics and to provide the amateur athlete an opportunity to showcase their talent and receive statewide recognition.

Fayette Fest is a celebration of the equine industry in the state of Kentucky. Fayette Fest 2019 was held at The Red Mile on Kentucky Sire Stakes Day (September 15, 2019), the biggest day of harness racing in the state, and included championship horse racing, live music, a beer garden, our Kentucky Proud Market, food trucks, and kids activities!

Stay tuned for an announcement on the date of Fayette Fest 2020!


Bluegrass State Games

Summer 2020

Barbasol Championship

July 13-19, 2020

The Basketball Tournament

July 19-21, 2019

A Midsummer Night's Run

August 8, 2020

Thoroughbred Diesel Throwdown

June 7-8, 2019

Bluegrass Sports Awards

January 2020

Bluegrass Sports Commission leads initiative to bring Sports Complex to Lexington


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The Bluegrass Sports Commission is proud to collaborate and work with the following partner organizations…