Friday, September 25, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About 2015 Merchants and Music Festival Fort Thomas

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The 12th annual Merchants and Music Festival is a FREE concert. You do not need a ticket. The festival is at Tower Park in Fort Thomas, Kentucky on Saturday, September 26 from 2 p.m. until midnight.

The address is 900 Cochran Avenue, Fort Thomas, Kentucky 41075.

Schedule
There are two stages of music playing throughout the day.

The second stage starts with:
2:00 - Brad Sparks
3:10 - Josh McIntosh & Company
4:20 - Honey & Houston (link)
5:30 - Them Carls
6:40 - What She Said
8:30 - Britney's Lipstick (link)
10:45 - Britney's Lipstick

Main amphitheater stage:
7:25 - Midnight Special
9:00 - Bret Michaels  (YouTube mix)

Merchants
Yes, the music is great, but the reason for the festival is to introduce people to Fort Thomas' incredible business community.

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Here are the merchants who will have a booth at the festival (link). Many will be selling food, drinks and merchandise. Make sure to stop by and say hello.

Merchants are divided into different sections:
Kids Zone (sponsored by the Campbell County Y) - Lots of fun things for the kids to do.
Merchants Cafe - Eat/Drink (link)
Merchants MarketPlace - Shop
Merchants Showcase - Learn
USO Tent - As a thank you and recognition to the brave service men and women from our community and the surrounding region, visit the USO Tent to honor our military, past and present.

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Fort Thomas’s rich military history includes the home of Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum and our annual Salute to Veterans event.

Beer

West Sixth Brewery out of Lexington, Kentucky will be the beer sponsor this year. The festival has added a beer garden to enjoy libations while listening to music.

They have also added many different varieties and will be tapping a new beer each hour (link). 

West Sixth Brewery provided the beer last year as well.

Parking
A free shuttle service is being provided by Executive Transportation. You can park at three different locations.

Executive Transportation will be picking up and delivering throughout the day every fifteen minutes beginning at 3:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m. Return rides are available at the iconic water tower at the entrance of Tower Park.

South Hills Medical Building: 525 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
KLH Building: 1538 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY 41075
Fort Thomas Plaza: 90 Alexandria Pike, Fort Thomas, KY 41075

There is parking around Tower Park, but it is very limited. Tower Park is adjacent to many residential homes in Fort Thomas, so please be careful about where you park.

Street Parking Available Near Tower Park:
Stables: 1038 S. Fort Thomas Ave.
Armory: 950 Cochran Ave.

Security
Fort Thomas Police will be joined by other area law enforcement and the National Guard to provide a safe and fun experience (link). 

DO bring: foldable chairs, blankets. There will also be hay bales for seating.
DO NOT bring: bicycles, animals, coolers with alcoholic drinks.

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Emcee
Katie Walters of Q102 will be holding down emcee duties all night. If you see her, take a selfie with her!
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Directions
from KY:
Take I-275E to 471N via exit 74B
Take Exit 2 toward Fort Thomas
Turn Right onto Alexandria Pike
In .9 miles Turn Left onto S. Fort Thomas Ave.
In .6 miles destination will be on the right.

Directions from OH
Take I-471S into KY
Take Exit 2 toward Fort Thomas
Turn Left onto Alexandria Pike
In .9 miles Turn Left onto S. Fort Thomas Ave.
In .6 miles destination will be on the right.

The Official After Party
Stay for awhile in the Fort Thomas Midway District after the show. There are three local watering holes within a 5 minute walk from Tower Park.

The Midway Cafe
The Olde Fort Pub
Fort Thomas Pizza and Tavern 

Questions
City sponsored call-in number for questions - (859) 572-1278.

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