Kentucky Kick Down relocates to Turners, expands music, motorcycles and more

Vintage motorcycles are king at Kentucky Kick Down. | Courtesy of Kentucky Kick Down

Although change is inevitable, one thing remains constant — the love of vintage motorcycles is what drives the sixth annual Kentucky Kick Down, which relocates this weekend to Louisville Turners, giving bike enthusiasts an extra 13 acres to spread out.

The event, which includes music, food and even a Miss Kentucky Kick Down contest, has previously been held at the Barret Bar, taking over a block of Barret Avenue for the festivities.

But now, with the move to Turners, founder Scott Halbleib has added live music on all three days — Sept. 14-16 — an on-site camping option for folks coming from out of town, more vendors, mud drags, stunt shows, access to the Turners swimming pool and bowling alley, food trucks, a full bar and a campsite movie.

“While we have loved the hospitality and working with the amazing staff at the Barret Bar, ever since the show’s inception, there’s been a desire to make the show more of a festival,” Halbleib tells Insider. “After a couple years of scouting out different locations, we met with the folks at Turners and decided it would be the perfect venue.”

Bands include the Falls City Drifters, Hot Wires, Vice Tricks, Riflemen, Relic, Voodoo Economics, The Feedback, and Johnny Berry and the Outliers. And participating food trucks that’ll be on site are La Chandeleur, Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs, Germany’s #1 Food, Bourbon Bent Barbeque, and Three Girls and A Guy Fish Fry.

A large draw of the Kentucky Kick Down is the vintage motorcycle show that is open to all makes of bikes at least 25 years or older, and prizes are given out by a panel of judges in 12 categories.

The always popular Miss Kentucky Kick Down Contest also returns on Saturday. This year, it’ll celebrate women motorcyclists and women who work in the industry.

Halbleib hopes the event attracts even more people now that there is more room and more opportunity for other programming.

“While the event will still center around a vintage bike show, it’ll appeal to the masses — moto enthusiasts or not,” he says. “We just want everyone to come out for a fun-filled weekend of great people, music, vendors and food.”

Admission is $5 per day, with a $10 parking fee. Children 12 and under get in free.

The Kentucky Kick Down runs 4 p.m. tp midnight on Friday, Sept. 14; 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Sept. 15; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16. Louisville Turners is located at 3125 River Road.

This post has been edited to include comments by Scott Halbleib.