Committee to consider future Spotlight festivals

rcopley@herald-leader.comOctober 12, 2010 

Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry has appointed a 19-member committee to "evaluate the Spotlight Lexington festival and to discuss the opportunities for downtown festivals in the future," according to a news release.

Spotlight Lexington was a free, 17-day, multivenue event in downtown Lexington that ran concurrently with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which closed Sunday. The festival featured performances from national artists such as Blake Shelton and Trombone Shorty, and local acts such as the Lexington Philharmonic.

According to Lexington police estimates, 175,000 people attended Spotlight Lexington events.

Members of the committee are drawn from business, arts and government, including Urban County Council member Tom Blues, LexArts President and CEO Jim Clark, Dudley's Restaurant owner Debbie Long, Lexington Opera House director Luanne Franklin, St. Joseph Health Systems CEO and musician Gene Woods, Downtown Lexington Corp. president Renee Jackson, Spotlight Host Committee chair Carolyn Richardson, Lexington Downtown Development Authority president Harold Tate and musician Tee Dee Young.

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