Rupp Arena announces #RuppTurns40 celebration

Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – In celebration of Rupp Arena’s 40th anniversary, and coinciding with the date of Rupp’s first concert (Lawrence Welk on October 17, 1976,) Rupp Arena is partnering with six local businesses to commemorate the occasion.

On Monday, October 17, local businesses will participate in #RuppTurns40, featuring specialty items, created in honor of Rupp Arena. A percentage of the proceeds of the sale of these items will go to United Way of the Bluegrass, with Lexington Center matching the total donation amount.

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“For forty years, Rupp Arena has been an integral part of the local community and region. United Way is proud to partner with Rupp Arena on this momentous celebration. Funds raised on October 17 will help support the Big Bold Goal, and over 140 programs supporting people across the Bluegrass. We greatly value our partnership with Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center and look forward to forty more years of working together to build a better Bluegrass.” said Bill Farmer, United Way of the Bluegrass CEO and President.

Businesses participating include West Sixth Brewing, North Lime Coffee & Donuts (Limestone location), Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen (both locations), Daily Offerings Coffee Roastery, Crank & Boom and Sawyer’s Downtown. See below for a list of featured items:

-West Sixth Brewing: “Rupptoberfest” (Maple-aged Oktoberfest Beer with Vanilla Notes)
– First 50 people after 5pm receive a free special edition pint glass.

-North Lime Coffee & Donuts: “Rupp Sprinkle” (White-frosted Cake Donut with Blue &
White Sprinkles)

-Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen: “Blueberry Maple Lemonade”

-Daily Offerings Coffee Roastery: “Maple Latte” and “Big Blue Smoothie”

-Crank & Boom: “Big Blue Sundae” (Blueberry Lime Cheesecake Ice Cream with
Blueberry Sauce, Graham Crumbles and Whipped Cream, Topped with Blue &
White Sprinkles)

-Sawyer’s Downtown: “Rupp Blue Burger” (Blue Cheese Burger)

For more information about #RuppTurns40, check out Rupp Arena’s Facebook page ( or other social media accounts.

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