With the Kentucky State Fair, there is a time-honored tradition of fried things on a stick, livestock, music, and more. One of the longest traditions besides the animated Freddy Farm Bureau out front is seeing the Oak Ridge Boys
perform. This year was no exception as it made their 37th time performing at the Kentucky State Fair on Sunday night.
During the show, the Oak Ridge Boys received a surprised by becoming Kentucky Colonels. Being named a Kentucky Colonel is truly a high honor bestowed upon by the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The Governor and Secretary of State present the recognition to those that have noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to the community, state, or nation.
According to the Kentucky Colonel website
, they are, “unwavering in devotion to faith, family, fellowman and country. Passionate about being compassionate. Proud, yet humble. Leaders who are not ashamed to follow. Gentle but strong in will and commitment. The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, as a Brotherhood, reaches out to care for our children, support those in need and preserve our rich heritage.”
Jessica Blankenship is the owner and founder of Kentucky Country Music website. The Berea College graduate has been a music journalist and historian for over 20 years. She enjoys providing concert photography, reviews, historical articles, red carpet event coverage, and exclusive interviews of your favorite musicians. Jessica is proud to be a Kentucky Colonel and alumni of the FFA and 4-H Clubs. In 2018, she was named one of Laurel County’s Ten Under 40 Award Recipients. In 2019, she was a member of the Inaugural class of BRIGHT Kentucky as part of Leadership Kentucky. She has been featured on the Kentucky Music Preview podcast, Overtones radio show, WFKY Nashville News Roundup, KET, and more. Beyond music, she enjoys traveling, helping her community, collecting gnomes, and Volkswagens.