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Alltech, a global leader in animal nutrition is pleased to announce Grammy award winning country music artist Alan Jackson as the headlining act for the 2008 Alltech Festival. The “GOOD TIME” tour will roll into Applebee’s Park in Lexington, Kentucky on July 30th. The Alltech Festival will continue throughout the year at various locations around the state, stretching, literally, from Pikeville to Paducah.

Jackson’s special ability to connect with fans everywhere has made him a three-time CMA Entertainment of the Year. He is one of the most compelling performers/songwriters in country music, selling more than 49 million albums. He has penned 22 of his 32 #1 records, and is the most nominated artist in CMA history. He topped the album charts not once, but twice, in 2006, with the success of Precious Memories and Like Red on a Rose.

GOOD TIME, his newest effort, debuted at #l on the pop and country charts when it was released earlier this week. The first single from the album, Small Town Southern Man, was a #l single. “Good Time”, the current single, is headed toward #l and the video for the song has sparked a renewed interest in line dancing. At Jacksons’ shows, audiences are spontaneously breaking in to dance when he plays the song.

“We are pleased to have Alan Jackson headline the 2008 Alltech Festival. His success as an artist is legendary and given Alltech’s success in working with the American farmer, and farmers the world over, I couldn’t think of a better fit,” said Alltech president and founder, Dr. Pearse Lyons. “As I toured the state last fall, I realized we needed something above and beyond the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, something to bring the state together, and something for which everyone could be excited. Music is the great communicator, and we believe this one-of-a-kind entertainment festival will put Kentucky on the map.””

“We are delighted to host Alan Jackson as the inaugural concert of the Alltech Festival on July 30th,” said Alan Stein, chief operating officer of Ivy Walls Management, parent company to the Lexington Legends. “We hope this is just the first of many Alltech Festival events that Applebee’s Park will host as we move toward 2010.”

The Alltech Festival will be an annual event, culminating with a “fortnight” of live music held in conjunction with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky in 2010. For more information, please visit

The Alltech Festival concept originated shortly after Alltech announced their title sponsorship of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, came up with the idea after a tour of the state to promote Alltech’s rural community biorefinery concept, which has since been awarded a $30 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Alltech had been looking for a legacy event that would build up to and continue beyond the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

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Alan Jackson Publicity Contact:

Diana Baron

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Alltech Festival Media Contact:

Billy Frey

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