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Good beer, grub and 150 booths at LIBA Buy Local Fair Saturday

Saturday’s fifth-annual Buy Local Fair is setting up to be a doozy not only for people who support local businesses, but for lovers of local foods and beer.

Sponsored by the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA), the event has grown to include more than 150 booths showcasing goods and services from a variety of local businesses, musicians, artists and craftspeople, community organizations and farmers.

Running from 2-8 p.m. at the Louisville Water Tower at 3005 River Road (where Zorn Ave. ends), the fair includes a cooking competition between Milkwood chef Kevin Ashworth and RYE on Market chef de cuisine Joe Banet, a craft beer tent featuring 10 local brewers, as well as a raffle area, farmers market, arts and crafts and an H2O Kids Zone. Expect live entertainment from Gideon’s Rifle, Thirty Spokes and Nerves Junior.

Admission to the fair is free though parking is $5 per vehicle.

According to a news release, last year’s event drew more 6,000 attendees, and LIBA organizers expect a larger turnout this year.

The mission of the Buy Local Fair is to provide a venue that encourages cooperation between two emergent local economies: local farm-fresh food and locally produced arts and crafts.

So get out and get up close and personal with your entrepreneurial neighbors who are working hard to grow their businesses!