Buy Local draws thousands of fairgoers to Louisville Water Tower

More than 3,000 people in search of local wares, live music and a unique food scene came out to the annual Buy Local Fair last Saturday.

The event was hosted by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA) and presented by Louisville Water Company.

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More than 80 vendors dotted the lawn of Louisville Water Tower Park including local businesses, craft beer and bourbon tents, and more than a dozen food trucks.

LIBA Director Jennifer Rubenstein said holding the fair during a pandemic has changed the event’s set up a bit.

“We couldn’t do this last year, obviously. This year we are still outdoors but we are super spread out and doing our best to stay safe,” she said.

Despite social distancing, fairgoers enjoyed shopping with local businesses and the unique atmosphere.

Although a few lightning strikes paused the fair for about 30 minutes, the fun continued with a spirited performance from the McClanahan School of Irish Dance.

“The heart of the fair is local shopping, local food, local beer and bourbon, so more of your dollars stay local,” Rubenstein said.