Bean Bash Moves to Boone County Fairgrounds

The Bean Bash has another new home this year.

After many years at Turfway Park before relocating to the new St. Elizabeth SETEC Center in Erlanger last year, the annual event will take place for the 46th time at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Burlington.

“After moving from several sites the past few years, we’re pleased to have found a home at the Fairgrounds. We’re happy we were able to work something out for our event,” said Donnie P. Martin, Bean Bash chairman. 

The Bean Bash was founded in 1974 by former State Rep. Bill McBee as a political fundraiser - with bean soup, slaw, and corn break cooked on site. In the 1980s, it moved to Latonia Race Course and was reinvented by McBee's son, Steve McBee, as an opportunity to show support for local charities in Northern Kentucky.

Today, The Bean Bash proceeds support Redwood Rehabilitation Center; guiding children and adults with severe and multiple disabilities to achieve independence and reach their highest potential;  BAWAC (Boone Adult Worker Activity Center), maximizes the vocational potential and quality of life of adult persons with disabilities through counseling, evaluation, life and work skills training and job placement; Special Olympics of Northern Kentucky which offers 14 different sports and activities  for people with disabilities and New Perceptions – offering diagnostic and therapeutic intervention for children, supported employment, on-site Work Center and programs in adult learning.

The event is set for Saturday, October 5, from noon to 6 p.m. and will feature bean soup, raffles, music, and live and silent auctions. Admission is $5 (children under 12 are free). The Boone County Fairgrounds are located at 5819 Idlewild Road in Burlington.

-Staff report

Photo: The Bean Bash in 2017 (RCN file)