The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange was formed in 2014.
The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange was formed in 2014.

In 2014, more than 130 Kentuckians from around the commonwealth decided to form the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) to cultivate relationships between city mice and country mice, so to speak. The strategy was to foster collaborations and connections between arts, agriculture, community health and small business to further unite the citizens of Kentucky.

They have since held events in various cities, and the next one — here in Louisville on Saturday, Nov. 5 — is the organization’s annual fundraiser. The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange Fall Fair takes place at La La Land Studios at 6 p.m. and will feature food, beer, music and a chance to meet the men and women of RUX.

The event’s theme is a spin on what you might find at the state fair. Slated to perform are Appalatin, the Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, Juanita, Patty & Simon, Samuel “Snacks” Hawkins, and The Orphan Girl Ballad featuring shadow puppets. Beer will be provided by Lexington’s West Sixth Brewing, and Louisville chefs will take a crack at fair food, with one-of-a-kind treats from Migo, Red Barn Kitchen, Wiltshire on Market, Eiderdown and Feast BBQ.

Other activities include a rock climbing wall, info booths, and a silent auction featuring Kentucky-themed items like vacations, artwork, collectibles and more.

Members of RUX gather at Castlewood Park in Lexington to make plans for future collaborations. | Photo by Izzy Broomfield
Members of RUX gather at Castlewood Park in Lexington to make plans for future collaborations. | Photo by Izzy Broomfield

RUX is a partnership between the Art of the Rural collective and nonprofit education center Appalshop.

The Fall Fair is all ages. Tickets are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. La La Land Studios is located at 1139 Lexington Road.

Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville. She's known around town as the Bar Belle and updates her blog (barbelleblog.com) daily. She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."


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