Bienvenue. Sveiki. Vitejte. Valkommen.
These are just a few ways to say Welcome.
That message — in 12 languages — will hang from street lights along Newtown Pike and Versailles Road to greet visitors arriving for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The banners, 2 feet by 8 feet and in a dozen colors, are going up on Tuesday. Lexington landmarks are featured on one side and "welcome" on the other. More than 50 countries will be represented at the Games.
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Councilwoman Cheryl Feigel, chairwoman of the Corridors Commission, said the banners "will show some Kentucky hospitality to visitors from around the world."
There will be 32 banners on Newtown Pike and 14 banners on Versailles Road. The two streets are key entrances to downtown for visitors in the city for the Games.
Mark Yanik, landscape architect with M2D Design firm that designed the banners, said his staff researched "welcome" in various languages and had their work checked by scholars in the language department at the University of Kentucky.
The banners, fabricated by Lynn Imaging, were designed to add "color and pizzazz," and Yanik said he hoped people would find the signs eye-catching.