More than 30 South End businesses will show off their wares on Saturday, July 27, as the fourth annual South Points Buy Local Fair takes over the Iroquois Amphitheater at Iroquois Park. Add to that live music, food, drinks and a children’s play area — plus free admission and parking — and you’ve got yourself an inexpensive way to spend the evening.
The event was created by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance and, more specifically, its Keep South Louisville Weird campaign, which was created to help support independent businesses in the area. Sponsors include LG&E, Louisville Metro Council, Leanhart Plumbing and Iroquois Amphitheater, among others.
“The Fair is designed to showcase unique businesses that contribute to the distinct character of South Louisville,” says Jennifer Rubenstein, director of LIBA, in a news release. “The Fair gives us a chance to bring many of them together for both neighborhood residents and the rest of the city to discover and enjoy.”
South Points runs from 4 to 8 p.m., with live music starting at 4 by Soul Circus and then Wax Factory at 6. Activities for the kids include a bouncy house, crafts, mascots and ticket giveaways, plus there will be health screenings for everyone courtesy of Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.
For adults, there will be beer and wine available.
Participating vendors include Americana Fiberworks, Dezetta’s Dezigns, Dixie Area Business Association, Garage Pig Print Works, Heine Bros. Coffee, Jan’s Vintage Garden Art, Louisville Water Co., Louisville Zoo, Lucky Finds, One of a Chime Designs, Sara Samosa Kitchen, Little Loomhouse, and Winner Furniture, to name a few.
LIBA is a nonprofit created to champion locally owned businesses. The idea for a South Louisville initiative began in 2013 when the organization started its coalition building and strategic programming. There also is a LIBA West group as well, and regular LIBA events each year include the Buy Local Fair, the Louisville Local Business Expo, South Points and several sponsored events.