|MAY 30-JUN 1||Jefferson County High School Graduations||KEC|
|JUN 7||Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" Tour||YUM!||JUN 8||2012 Kentucky vs. Indiana All Star Basketball Classic benefitting the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation||KEC|
|JUN 9-10||Great Eastern National Gun Day and JAG Military Show||KEC|
|JUN 10||Roger Waters "The Wall" Live||YUM!|
|JUN 16-17||65th All American Angus Breeders' Futurity||KEC|
|JUN 21||Greater Louisville, Inc. Entrepreneurship Speaker Series||KICC|
|JUN 21-24||The RV Rally 2012 (RV Rally)||KEC|
|JUN 30||Derby City Comic Con Comic Book & Collectibles Convention||KICC|
|JUN 30||Louisville's Next Top Model: Battle of the Runway||KICC|
|JUN 30-JUL 7||Kentucky State 4-H Horse Show||KEC|
In 1873 in Canton, Texas, the first American Flea Market was established and specialized in the buying and selling of homemade goods. Exactly 100 years later, a flea market was started in Louisville with the same premise, one that proves it will never go out of style.
In 1973, Mel and John Stewart began Stewart Promotions, a small company to run the Kentucky Flea Market. The Stewart’s did not then know that The Kentucky Flea Market would become one of the longest running outside ventures for the Exposition Center. Now in its 39th year, the Flea Market has held more than 400 shows, including the largest free Christmas and Décor show in the country.
In 1977, Mel and John Stewart retired and left Stewart Promotions in the hands of their son, Terry, who now runs the company with his son, John II. The family has guided Stewart Promotions through several expansions, and the company now holds Flea Markets in four other cities: Dayton, Nashville, Knoxville, and Indianapolis. The Louisville show remains the largest, with more than 1,500 vendors at each show, including two of the original vendors from 1973.
"It has been a really long time, people have come and gone, but we do still have two of our original vendors," said Terry Stewart. "And we have a great relationship with the folks at the Kentucky Exposition Center; it’s one of the finest facilities we know of."
In May, Stewart Promotions held its Memorial Day Spectacular at the Expo Center. Thanks to another longstanding friendship of Terry Stewart's, the event attracted some star power.
"Joyce DeWitt and Priscilla Barnes from the hit TV show Three’s Company paid a visit. Their agent is a good friend of mine," said Stewart. "They met with our patrons and signed autographs for fans."