LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Chris Rock is the latest celebrity to announce he's coming to Louisville for the Hermitage Grand gala.

This is the first year for the event, which will be held at Hermitage Farm in Oldham County.

Setup is underway and tickets start at $1,000 a piece.

There will be a carpet of rose petals when guests walk in, a mirrored horse statue and works of art from the 21C collection.

A circular bar in the center of the event will serve the $2 million ham, recently bought at the Kentucky State Fair.

The actual menu includes a choice of swordfish and filet mignon.

"We've been working on it for a full year," the party's co-host Steve Wilson said. "You may remember we announced it just before Derby last year. So, it's been quite an effort."

Celebrities announced so far include Darius Rucker, Martin Lawrence, Ne-Yo, Nick Lachey and his wife Vanessa Minnillo.

We're told Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence plan to take the stage to be part of the entertainment.

New Celebrity Additions

  • Chris Rock-Comedian, actor, and producer best known for Saturday Night Live and films such as
  • Madagascar, Grown Ups, and Lethal Weapon 4
  • John Calipari- Head Coach of University of Kentucky Men's Basketball
  • Conrad Bachmann- Actor in “Tremors,” “Rules of Engagement”; Louisville Native
  • Barbara Corcoran- Investor on ABC's “Shark Tank” Founder of The Corcoran Group
  • Gorgui Dieng- Center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Former University of Louisville Basketball Player
  • Kristanna Loken- Actress in “Mortal Kombat: Conquest” and “Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines”; Model
  • Billy Reid- American fashion designer
  • Gabriel Macht- Actor, known for playing Harvey Spector on “Suits”
  • Chadwick Boseman- Actor, screenwriter, playwright; best known for portraying Jackie Robinson in “42” and James Brown in “Get On Up”
  • Eric Wood- Center for the Buffalo Bills; former University of Louisville football player
  • Antonio Villaraigosa- Former mayor of Los Angeles
  • Mayor Greg Fischer

Previously Announced Celebrity Guests

  • Darius Rucker (live performer)
  • Ne-Yo (live performer)
  • DJ Cassidy (live performer)
  • Martin Lawrence (Host)
  • David Arquette
  • Star Jones
  • Nick Lachey
  • Vanessa Lachey
  • Christina McLarty
  • Dean Norris
  • Russell Wilson

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