LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As eastern Kentucky struggles to recover from the devastating floods, the Kentucky State Fair and others are stepping in to support affected families.
Country music star T. Graham Brown loaded his tour bus with supplies and headed for Eastern Kentucky after deadly flooding washed away homes and businesses.
“It’s amazing,” he said in a video shared to Facebook from Perry County. “We visited three counties today. The devastation is real.
The Tennessee musician, who sings the song ‘Hell and High Water’, is selling t-shirts and says all proceeds will go to the relief effort.
The shirts are $25 and are imprinted with “Come Hell or High Water Kentucky Strong”.
The shirts will be on sale at the Kentucky State Fair at each of the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series shows in the Artist Merchandise area.
“We’ve sold way more than we ever dreamed of selling and we’ve sold them all over the world,” Brown told Spectrum News 1 on Friday. “People are going to suffer for a long time, so we just hope people keep buying them.”
Meanwhile, the Kentucky State Fair said it has partnered with 4-H and Danny Wimmer Presents to raffle off two sold-out Beyond VIP passes to Bourbon and Beyond concerts in September.
Proceeds will go to the Kentucky 4-H Relief Fund, according to Melissa Miller, executive director of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation.
“It will specifically go to 4-H and their families who have lost their homes, lost their barns, lost their pets,” she said. “We are already receiving requests from 4-H’ers for these funds.”
Ian Cox, spokesman for the fair, said tickets cost $100 each.
The goal is to raise $100,000 for affected 4-H families by selling 1,000 raffle tickets, organizers said.
“It’s a lot,” he said. “These tickets are worth well over $1,000. It’s a great experience to come together, celebrate good music, eat well, and support those in Eastern Kentucky as well.