Bluegrass State Games

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While the world’s best known amateur athletic competition is about to gear up, Kentucky’s long standing amateur sports event is winding down. The Olympic Games carry an impact in the Commonwealth.

Some 6,000 participants could be in central Kentucky for this weekend’s Bluegrass State Games. This is the 29th year for the statewide amateur competition.  Bluegrass Sports Commission Director Terry Johnson said last year competitors came from 99 of 120 Kentucky counties.

“We are strongest in central Kentucky and eastern Kentucky and northern Kentucky and Louisville.  And we are working, it’s one of our big efforts to try and move westward a couple centuries after the country did, but we’re trying to move westward.” Johnson said. “We get participation from western Kentucky, but not to the level we want and we want to make sure folks over there feel a part of this.  This is the State Games.”

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Chad Lampe speaks with Becky Monarch on Sounds Good about the Bluegrass State Games. This is the largest amateur participatory event in Kentucky. Entering their 29th year, the Games' size and scope annually rank among the top three state games in the country. According to their website, the Games are the signature event of the Bluegrass Sports Commission, designed to provide Kentuckians of all ages and skill levels a wholesome avenue for positive development through sports and physical activity. See more at