Kentucky native and country star Wynonna Judd will perform at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
Judd, a five-time Grammy award winner, will perform My Old Kentucky Home at the ceremonies on Sept. 25, organizers announced Wednesday.
"I could not be more thrilled to have the opportunity to return home to my roots. Kentucky holds such a sacred place in my heart and to have this honor to share the home I so dearly love with my friends and family brings me great joy," Judd said in a news release.
Everett McCorvey, director of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and producer of the opening ceremonies, said, "We felt like we needed a mega-star to come in and sing My Old Kentucky Home, and Gov. Beshear was kind enough to send her a personal letter asking her to sing."
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"Wynonna Judd represents what is best about Kentucky and our musical heritage," Beshear said. "I am so proud that she will be honoring our commonwealth by lending her voice to our state song."
McCorvey said Wynonna will be debuting a new arrangement of the 19th-century Stephen Foster song.
The opening ceremonies will feature more than 200 horses, a symphony orchestra and a chorale. McCorvey said more performers, human and equine, will be announced as contracts are finalized.
Tickets for opening ceremonies, and for the competition events of the 2010 Games, are on sale at www.alltechfeigames.com/tickets. Tickets for the opening ceremonies range from $120 to $150. The Games, featuring the world championships in eight equestrian disciplines, will be Sept. 25 to Oct. 10 at the Kentucky Horse Park.