In compliance with House Bill 518, the Kentucky State Fair Board updated its membership in a specially called meeting on Thursday, April 1, at 2 p.m. H. David Wallace, formerly of Princeton, is a son of the late Jimmy and Bettie Wallace.

Updates include:

• Dr. Mark E. Lynn, chairman, Louisville

• H. David Wallace, vice-chair, Verona

• Rep. Richard Heath, ex officio, Mayfield

• Sen. Paul Hornback, ex officio, Shelbyville

“I’m humbled and excited to renew my commitment and serve the Commonwealth the best way I know how. It’s time to focus all our efforts to restore the economic activity in Louisville and Kentucky Venues is a key player in this initiative.” said Dr. Mark Lynn, chairman of the Kentucky State Fair Board.

Lynn previously served as chairman of the Kentucky State Fair Board from 2013-20 and brings experience and an understanding of Kentucky Venue’s operations to the role. Wallace served on the Kentucky State Fair Board from 2016-20. Rep. Richard Heath and Sen. Paul Hornback are filling new ex officio roles established by House Bill 518, representing the offices of the Speaker of the House and President of the Senate.

“The Kentucky State Fair Board is an incredible group of diverse individuals that are critical to the success of our operations at Kentucky Venues. With the support of 21 representatives from around Kentucky, we are confident that community and industry input is being brought forward to benefit the mission of our agency,” said David S. Beck, president and CEO of Kentucky Venues.

The Kentucky State Fair Board is the governing body of Kentucky Venues with members representing agriculture, business, tourism and education.

The board was first created in 1938 to oversee the Kentucky State Fair but now advises Kentucky Venues on its produced events and operations at the Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center.

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