Kentucky Proud

Domestic Trade Shows Program

One avenue through which the Kentucky Department of Agriculture promotes Kentucky food companies and their products is through the participation in approved tradeshows both in and out of Kentucky. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture subsidizes a portion of each participant's booth space to assist small to midsize Kentucky companies in the marketing of their products.

Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman


Domestic Trade Show Guidelines

Each participating company must be a member of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Kentucky Proud Program. The Kentucky Proud Program identifies agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in the Commonwealth. Companies are eligible to purchase space and request that funds be reimbursed for a portion of booth expenses. Reimbursement is contingent upon space and availability. Companies must meet eligibility requirements and products must be agricultural products that meet the guidlines of the Kentucky Proud Program. Participants are required to have a company representative in attendance to market their products. Each company must follow all show guidelines, fulfill all show requirements, and represent the Kentucky Proud Program with the utmost respect.

**Prior to participating at a domestic trade show or event, companies must review the Rules and Requirements and must complete and submit the Agreement to Abide by Program Rules and Requirements, which is part of the updated Reimbursement Packet.**


After the trade show or event, companies must complete and submit all parts of the updated Reimbursement Packet.


2015 Indiana Artisan Marketplace


2015 Indiana Artisan Marketplace Logo


Kentucky Proud producers have the opportunity to exhibit at the 2015 Indiana Artisan Marketplace which will take place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Exposition Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana March 27-29, 2015.


The three-day booth registration fee is $350.00 for a 10' x 10' booth space. If you would like to register for the event, please click here for the Kentucky Proud Registration Form. If you have questions, please contact Eric Freeman at (317) 607-5243 or by e-mail at


For more information on Kentucky Proud at the Indiana Artisan Marketplace, you may visit the website


***This event is not eligible for sliding scale reimbursement***


The deadline to register for the Indiana Artisan Marketplace is Friday, October 31, 2014!


Kentucky Monthly 2014 Holiday Gift Guide


Kentucky Monthly is seeking gift items to feature in its annual Holiday Gift Guide. Both holiday-themed and non-themed gifts will be considered.


Kentucky Proud producers wishing to be considered for inclusion in the Holiday Gift Guide may send an e-mail to the Executive Editor at The e-mail should include a description of the item(s), price(s), purchasing information (for example, phone number and/or website), a brief producer bio, and a photo of the item(s). Photos should be in JPG format and high resolution (a minimum of 300 dpi at a minimum of 4" x 6"). Please also include a phone at which you can be reached.


The deadline to submit information for the Holiday Gift Guide is Friday, October 3, 2014!


Please do not call or send follow-up e-mnails to inquire whether or not your item(s) will be included in the Holiday Gift Guide. Kentucky Proud Members whose items will be featured in the Holiday Gift Guide will be notified by November 1, 2014.


Please visit the Kentucky Monthly Facebook page at



Approved Domestic Trade Shows

The following trade shows have been approved by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Kentucky Proud Program. Kentucky Proud members may be eligible for reimbursement for some booth fees at these shows. The reimbursement amount will differ for each show and will be based on a sliding scale fee structure. Please note that ALL reimbursements are given to vendors AFTER participation at the trade shows and AFTER all required documentation has been completed and submitted to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Click to see approved trade shows

**The following trade shows are approved for sliding scale reimbursements for booth space in 2014. Please contact Alisha Morris at for paperwork after the event.**


The Specialty Food Association Summer Fancy Food Show

June 29-July 1, 2014 - Jacob Javits Center - New York City, NY


The 60th Summer Fancy Food Show, organized by the Specialty Food Association's (formerly NASFT), will take place June 29-July 1, 2014 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. This is North America's largest specialty food and beverage event and products at the show include confections, cheese, coffee, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, organic and more. Connect with over 24,000 quality buyers at this event.


Companies who would like to exhibit at the Summer Fancy Food Show must be members of the Specialty Food Association (formerly NASFT). For more information, please visit


The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market

July 8-15, 2014 - AmericasMart - Atlanta, GA


For more information, please contact Cigi Morrison at (404) 220-2262.


The Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival

August 29-31, 2014 - Winchester, KY


Celebrating its 36th year, the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival brings some 30,000 visitors to the Winchester-Clark County area. This year's festival takes place Labor Day Weekend.


All applications for food vendors wishing to participate at this year's festival will be accepted online only. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and must be complete to be considered. If there are not enough spaces for all vendors who applied, the entry fee will be refunded.  **All food vendor applications must be received by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.**  Please click here for the online food vendor application.


Arts & Crafts is being sponsored by the Winchester Art Guild on August 30 & 31. **All craft applications must be received by Sunday, June 15, 2014.** Please click here for the online craft application.  For more information on Arts & Crafts, please contact Elizabeth Chalfant at (859) 771-3607 or by e-mail at


For more information about the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival, please contact Winchester-Clark County Tourism at (800) 298-9105 or (859) 744-0556.  You may also e-mail


The Kentucky State BBQ Festival

September 5-7, 2014 - Danville, KY


The fourth annual Kentucky State BBG Festival will take place in Danville, Kentucky at Second Street and Constitution Square, September 5-7, 2014.


For more information, please contact Cindy Simmons at (859) 319-4000 or by e-mail at


The Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show

October 11, 2014 - Lexington Convention Center & Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY


The annual Kentucky Proud Incredible Food Show will take place October 11, 2014 at the Lexington Convention Center & Rupp Arena. This year's celebrity guest chef is Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman!


Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman


Ree Drummond is a writer, photographer, ranch wife and mother of four. Her blog,, attracts more than 20 million page views per month and was named Weblog of the Year at the 2011, 2010 and 2009 Bloggie Awards. Ree is also the author of the #1 best-selling cookbook The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl and the 2011 memoir Black Heels to Tractor Wheels — A Love Story, which debuted at #2 on The New York Times Best Sellers list for nonfiction hardcover. Ree’s children’s picture book, Charlie the Ranch Dog, which chronicles the adventures of her much-beloved basset hound, also premiered at #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Drummond has appeared on numerous national talk shows including Good Morning America, TODAY, The View and Fox & Friends.

Since August 2011, Drummond has hosted her own daytime television series, Pioneer Woman, on The Food Network.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2014!


Please click here to access the 2014 Exhibitor Booth Application packet. Please return your application and payment to the following address:


Lexington Center Corporation

Incredible Food Show/Theresa Lloyd

430 West Vine Street

Lexington, KY 40507


You may also fax your application to (859) 253-2718.


If you have any questions, please contact Theresa Lloyd at (859) 253-4567, Ext. 3255 or by e-mail at


For more information, please visit


**The following trade shows are not eligible for sliding scale reimbursements for booth space in 2014**


The 41st Annual Capital Expo Festival

June 5-7, 2014 - Capital Plaza Complex - Frankfort, KY


A festival for the entire family, with three days of continuous fun and free entertainment at the Capital Plaza Complex in historic downtown Frankfort Kentucky ending with Rumble on the River, the Fireworks display, Saturday, June 7th at 10 p.m.


The deadline for food and top level vendor booths is Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Please click here for the 2014 Vendor Application.


The deadline for the Arts & Crafts Application is Thursday, May 15, 2014. Please click here for the 2014 Arts & Crafts Application.


For more information on Food & Vendor booths, please contact Amanda Presley at (502)  320-9247. For more information on Arts & Crafts, please contact Sherri McMillin at (502) 695-1958 or Robin Johnston at (502) 695-6975.


The "Taste of Kentucky" Showcase at the 2014 HSFo Conference

July 28, 2014 - The Seelbach Hilton - Louisville, KY


Louisville has been selected to host the 2014 National Association of State Human Services Finance Officers (HSFO) Conference from July 27-August 1, 2014.  The hospitality team is planning a Kentucky Proud Showcase - "A Taste of Kentucky" - on the evening of July 28, 2014.


There are approximately 30 slots available for food vendors, along with 10 slots for Kentucky wine, beer, and Bourbon. Food can range from hot hors d'oeuvres to cookies and candies. Items should be dropped off at the Seelbach Hilton between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, July 28, 2014.


Vendors will also have the opportunity to provide door prizes and small promotional items, coupons, and informational materials for bags that will be given to conference participants.


As a vendor, you will receive the following:

  • Advertisement in the HSFo Program
  • Vendor recognition on the plaque in the Hospitality Room the night of the event
  • Name placards along with your promotional materials displayed along with your food/beverage item
  • Participating vendors will be listed on the HSFo website with a link to the company's website


**There is no fee associated with having your products showcased at this event.**


For more information, please contact Karen Boden at (502-) 564-3703, Ext. 3791 or by e-mail at All vendors must confirm participation no later than Wednesday, April 30, 2014.


The Kentucky State Fair

August 14-24, 2014 - Kentucky Exposition Center - Louisville, KY


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is requesting a $500.00 deposit to hold spaces for vendors at the 2014 Kentucky State Fair. Also, vendors are required to abide by the Code of Conduct guidelines set forth by the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. Vendors who do not abide by these guidelines will lose their deposit. Once the Kentucky State Fair has concluded, your deposit will be returned to you.


All paperwork must submitted by mail to Alisha Morris by June 15, 2014. Paperwork and payments received after this date will not guarantee your space nor will it guarantee your participation.


You may download the application packet for the Kentucky State Fair (which includes the Agreement to Abide by Program Rules and Requirements) by clicking here.

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