Starting with perfect weather, this past weekend was a great weekend to live in Louisville. First, there was the venerable Kentucky Reggae Festival at the Louisville Water Tower. WDRB is proud to be a long-time sponsor. Then we had Abbey Road on the River, with great crowds and great music down on the Belvedere. This event seems to get better every year.
But the big thing last weekend was the grand re-opening of Kentucky Kingdom. More than 30,000 people went through the gates in three days. I was there on Saturday morning when they opened up. The park looked fresh and new again and every employee I encountered, from management to ride operators, was courteous, well-trained, and very eager to help.
We've been waiting a long time for Kentucky Kingdom to return. When both the state and the city showed appalling apathy toward getting the park reopened, Ed Hart remained persistent. And now, in addition to a summer of fun ahead of us, Kentucky Kingdom has provided seventy full-time -- and a thousand part-time – tax-paying jobs for this and many summers to come.
Congratulations to Ed Hart and his entire team for a wonderful grand opening, to Larry Bisig with the Reggae Festival and Gary Jacobs with Abbey Road on the River. I can't imagine how the first weekend of summer could have gone much better.