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Energy On Ice Returns for the Second Year at the Owensboro Convention Center

Get ready for a merry good time on the “ice!”  OVG360, the provider of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center, is excited to announce the return of Energy On Ice – sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation.  Just in time for the holidays, the 80×60 synthetic ice rink will be set up behind the venue outside on the Kentucky Legend Pier.

Guests can come enjoy skating downtown on:

  • Friday, November 25 – Sunday, November 27
  • Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4
  • Friday, December 9 – Sunday, December 11
  • Friday, December 16 – Friday, December 23
  • Friday, December 30 – Sunday, January 1, 2023

Skating hours are:

  • Fridays – 5PM to 9PM
  • Saturdays – 2PM to 9PM
  • Sundays – 2PM to 7PM
  • Monday – Thursday – 2PM to 7PM (December 19-22 Only)

Special theme skates this year will include:

  • Saturday, November 26 – Get your glow on at the Glow Party Skate! Wear your best glow party attire!  White, neon, and fluorescent clothing all glows great!  Free glow swag for attendees to make the night lit!
  • Saturday, December 3 is Fairytale and Superhero Night!  Bring the little ones and skate with the Ice Queen and Spider Dude from 3PM-6PM.  Don’t forget to grab some Elsa’s Hot Chocolate too!
  • On Saturday, December 10, guess who’s coming to town?!? Come Skate with Santa from 4PM-7PM!  Have your camera phone ready to capture those holly jolly memories!
  • Saturday, December 17 is Energy On Ice’s Game of Games!  Come play musical chairs, stop music game, and more – all with a chance to take home some (dare we say) cool prizes!
  • Ring in the New Year on the ice!  Skating on Saturday, December 31 will be all about welcoming in 2023!

Admission is $10 including skate rental or $8 is own skates are provided. Wear a hockey jersey or an ugly Christmas sweater to any session and receive $1 off admission. On Fridays, a Couples Special will be available where guests can purchase 2 tickets for $18, and on Sundays, a Family Special with 4 tickets for $36. All tickets will be sold at the rink. For more information, please visit OwensboroCenter.com.

Time to Get Crafty! 9th Annual Kraftucky Arts & Crafts Expo at the Owensboro Convention Center

OVG360, the provider of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center, is excited to present the 9th Annual Kraftucky Arts & Crafts Expo on Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13! 

Guests can shop from over 200 booths and discover something special for yourself or get started on that holiday shopping!  Nearly 140 talented artisans and crafters will be featuring items in woodcrafts, holiday decorations, quilts, jewelry, floral arrangements, painting, candles, pottery, embroidery, custom foods, and more! 

“We are on track to have the most vendor booths we’ve ever had,” stated Director of Marketing, Jeanette Goins.  “At the moment, we have a handful of booths open, and we expect to be sold out again this year for vendor spots.  It’s so exciting to see the show continue to grow!”

Show hours are Friday, November 11 from 2pm to 7pm, Saturday, November 12 from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday, November 13 from 11am to 4pm.  While shopping, guests can also grab a bite to eat at the concessions stand or at the Kentucky Legend Café.

Early Bird Crafting will host paint parties on Saturday, November 12 at 11am and 4pm and on Sunday, November 13 at 1pm. Guests can paint door hanger cutouts or interchangeable minis.  Cost is $25 and includes admission to the expo.  All supplies and assistance are provided and included in the price.  Attendees are encouraged to make reservations online to ensure a spot at facebook.com/EarlyBirdCrafting.

Admission is $3 for adults per day or $5 for a weekend pass.  Children 12 and under are admitted free.  Tickets will be available at the door.  Parking is free in the Owensboro Convention Center parking lot.

For more information on the 9th Annual Kraftucky Arts & Crafts Expo, please visit OwensboroCenter.com or call 270-687-8800.

Owensboro Convention Center Again Honored with ConventionSouth Reader’s Choice Award

OVG360, the providers of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center, is excited to announce they have received the 2022 Readers’ Choice Award from ConventionSouth, the national multi-media resource for planning events in the South.

Throughout the year, meeting professionals nominated the meeting sites they believe provide exemplary service for group events, including convention centers, CVB’s, and hotels. The nominated sites are then compiled onto an online ballot where meeting professionals and fans are asked to vote for the best of the best. Over 4,000 CVB’s and venues throughout the South were nominated with just over 10% of those being selected for the award.

“ConventionSouth readers and fans have voted to decide the best meeting sites in the South, and it is no surprise to us that Owensboro Convention Center has been selected to receive our annual Readers’ Choice Award,” said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher, Tiffany Burtnett. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South. These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have contributed in determining that the Owensboro Convention Center indeed displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity, and service that they require.”

“For the venue to be one of only 15 winners throughout the entire state of Kentucky and to have received the third highest votes among those winners is such an honor.  It speaks to our commitment of providing outstanding customer service for all of our guests,” stated General Manager, Jeff Esposito.  “We will continue to work closely with our partners at the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide top notch services and hospitality and showcase Owensboro as an ideal location for conventions.”

Since creation in 2001, this is the seventh time that Owensboro Convention Center has received the award. The venue will be featured as an award recipient in the December 2022 Awards Issue of ConventionSouth magazine. 

A complete list of award winners can be found at https://conventionsouth.com/2022-readers-choice-award-winners-announced/

Tastes Like October at the Kentucky Legend Cafe at the Owensboro Convention Center

OVG360, the provider of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center, is taking inspiration from October and serving up some foodie fun!

Just in time for cooler weather and the craving for comfort food, October is National Chili Month!  Beginning this Friday and every Friday throughout the month, a different chili will be featured as the Soup of the Day at the Kentucky Legend Café.  Guests are invited to come and try them all!

Friday, October 7 – Moonlite Chili with Beans

Friday, October 14 – White Chicken Chili – Tender chicken, white beans, onions, and tomatoes are simmered in a chili-infused broth with hints of cilantro oregano and a splash of lime juice. The result is white chili with a touch of sophistication sure to please the palate.

Friday, October 21 – Red Canyon Chili – A tantalizing chili filled with thick chunks of seasoned beef beans diced tomatoes onions and peppers in a rich tomato base bursting with flavor for a spicy blend of seasonings.

Friday, October 28 – Chili Con Carne – Seasoned red beans, roasted beef, Spanish onions, and diced tomatoes slowly simmered in an authentic tomato-chili broth finished with chili powder, garlic, cayenne, and paprika.

Nothing pairs better with something hearty than something sweet!  Starting today, purchase an Otis Spunkmeyer Strawberry Shortcake Cookie for $1 at the Kentucky Legend Café to benefit a local breast cancer program.  The cookies will be available through October 31st.  Please note no additional discounts allowed. 

The Kentucky Legend Café is located inside the Owensboro Convention Center and is open for lunch from 10am to 2pm Monday through Friday for dine-in and carry-out.  All major credit cards are accepted and prices include tax. For the complete menu: https://bit.ly/34Z012R

Also follow the Owensboro Convention Center on Facebook and Twitter to see the Daily Lunch Specials for each week that are posted on Mondays!

OVG360 Announces Promotions for the Owensboro Convention Center and Owensboro Sportscenter

OVG360, the provider of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro Sportscenter, is excited to share news of the promotion of two of our Owensboro team members!
 

Daniel Jones has been promoted to the Operations and Events Manager of the Owensboro Sportscenter.  He began at the Owensboro Convention Center in June as an operations team member and was quickly promoted to Operations Team Lead.  With a background in retail sales management and over 15 years in a leadership role, he is poised for success in his new role.
 
“Daniel showed promise from the second he started and has exceeded expectations now in his new position,” stated Thomas Dyer, Director of the Owensboro Sportscenter.  “He takes great pride in his work which does not go unnoticed, and we are lucky to have him on our team.  I look forward to seeing the difference his presence can make at the venue long term.”
 


Shelby Christensen has been promoted to an Event Manager.  She started at the Owensboro Convention Center in June as an operations team member and was quickly promoted to Operations Team Lead.  “Shelby has a work ethic that doesn’t stop plus a bubbly personality that is ideal for the Event Manager position,” stated Director of Events, Cody Thomas.  Shelby is excited to work with the many clients the venue hosts.  When not working, she enjoys travelling and spending time with family, friends, and her cats.

OVG360 Announces Promotions for the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro Sportscenter

OVG360, the provider of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro Sportscenter, is excited to share news of the promotion of two of our Owensboro team members!

Thomas Dyer has been promoted to Director of the Owensboro Sportscenter.  He has been the Operations and Custodial Manager of the historic venue since November 2020, and has most recently, with Assistant General Manager, Jessica Beckmann’s departure, stepped in to the Director role on an interim basis. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University Ohio in Sports Leadership and Management.  Prior to his current role, he was with the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters as Operations Manager and Seasonal Ticket Accounts Manager.  “Thomas brings experience and enthusiasm, and we are excited about his new role at the Owensboro Sportscenter,” said General Manager, Jeff Esposito.

Lexi Lundy has been promoted to full-time Event Manager with the Owensboro Convention Center.  She began her career at the venue in November of last year as a part-time Event Coordinator.  “Her enthusiasm and eye for décor has completely transformed our in-house events such as Cork & Cuisine,” stated Director of Events, Cody Thomas.

Lexi has a Bachelor’s degree from at Murray State University in Nonprofit Leadership Management specializing in special event planning.  When she is not working, she loves to spend quality time with her husband and two children.  

For more information about the Owensboro Sportscenter, please visit OwensboroSportscenter.com and for the Owensboro Convention Center, visit OwensboroCenter.com.

Hot Dog Days of Summer Coming to the Kentucky Legend Cafe!

Ready for a taste of summer? OVG360, the provider of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center is proud to partner with Kentucky Legend for a delicious take on a classic favorite!

Drawing upon July being National Hot Dog Month, the Hot Dog Days of Summer will feature a specialty hot dog Lunch Special at the Kentucky Legend Café for the remaining Fridays throughout July.  Guests are invited to come and try them all! 

Friday, July 8 – The Texas Dog
Topped with chili, cheese, and jalapenos

Friday, July 15 – The Pastrami Dog
Topped with pastrami, Swiss cheese, mustard, and a pickle

Friday, July 22 – The Junkyard Dog
Topped with chili, mustard, grilled onions, and French fries

Friday, July 29 – The Seattle Dog
Topped with cream cheese, grilled onions, jalapenos, and Sriracha sauce

“I love the creativity of our Food and Beverage team!” stated Director of Marketing, Jeanette Goins.  “Most people know the Chicago Dog, but these are also varieties you’ll find on menus all across the U.S.  It’s great to be able to bring a taste of that here locally.”

“Obviously National Hot Dog Month is near and dear to us at Kentucky Legend!  We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of this creative celebration with the Owensboro Convention Center. We hope everyone can find some time to come on over and try one of our delicious hot dogs with a fun twist!” says Brooklyn Maple, Brand Manager for Specialty Foods Group, LLC.

The Kentucky Legend Café is located inside the Owensboro Convention Center and is open for lunch from 10am to 2pm Monday through Friday for dine-in and carry-out. All Daily Lunch Specials are $10 and come with choice of a side item or make it a combo with a drink for $12.  Garden salad bar and soup of the day are also available.  All major credit cards are accepted and prices include tax. For the complete menu: https://bit.ly/34Z012R

Follow the Owensboro Convention Center on Facebook and Twitter to stay in the foodie know and see the weekly lunch specials on Mondays!

The Future is Looking Bright!

OVG360, the provider of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center, is looking forward to an impactful 2022-2023!  With under a month remaining in the current fiscal year, which will end on June 30, 2022, we are projecting to beat our current year budget by over $400,000.  Next year is looking outstanding with already more definite revenue on the books vs. prior year.
 
“Our goal is to have $1 million on the books for the start of the new fiscal year, and our sales team has done a phenomenal job securing every opportunity that has been generated,” stated Josh Gann, Director of Sales. 
 
The Owensboro Convention Center team has continued its strong focus on exceeding client expectations, which is evident not only in the industry accolades received this year, including being named one of the Top 30 Convention Centers in North America and winning the prestigious Prime Site Award for the ninth time, but also in event booking.  “We have had some groups, such as Kentucky Water and Waste Water Operators Association, which was recently in-house, that rebooked before their event ended,” added Gann.  “Having organizations such as these return means an even greater positive economic impact for the community.”
 
Conventions/conferences that are scheduled for fiscal year 2022-2023 include:
 
Kentucky League of Cities
Kentucky Broadcasters Association
Kentucky Society of Association Executives
Kentucky Bar Association
Kentucky Public Procurement Association Annual Forum and Products Expo
Women in Agriculture Conference
44th Kentucky Aviation Association Conference and Exhibition
Kentucky Rehabilitation Association Training Conference
Kentucky Sheriff’s Association Conference
Green River Firefighters Association Bryant Stiles Officers School
Green River Municipal Clerks Association
Kentucky United Methodist Conference
Kentucky Water and Waste Water Operators Association
 
The new sports court flooring will be utilized for events such as the Battle of the Blue Bridge Basketball Tournament in July and the Bluegrass Futsal Cup in December.  The S3DA National Indoor Championship will return for the second consecutive year in March 2023.  Earlier this year that event saw over 2,000 attendees over the four day competition.
 
“Continuing focus on enhancing the customer experience is a key factor in attracting these quality events to Owensboro,” said General Manager, Jeff Esposito.  “With the on-going support of the City of Owensboro and our other community partners, we are looking forward to hosting a successful 2022-2023!”
 
For more information about upcoming events or to inquire about holding an event at the venue, please visit OwensboroCenter.com or call 270-687-8800.

OVG360 Appoints Industry Veteran Jeff Esposito as General Manager

OVG360, the provider of Venue Management to the Owensboro Convention Center and Owensboro Sportscenter, is pleased to announce that Jeff Esposito is joining the team on May 25, 2022, as the new General Manager, replacing Laura Alexander, who recently took a new position with OVG360 in Lexington.

Mr. Esposito is an accomplished executive with decades of experience leading successful event facilities. He recently served as the Executive Director of the CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities in Gillette, Wyoming, where he provided leadership for the City and County funded 1,100-acre mixed-use facility with 900-seat performing arts theater, 230,000 sq. ft. convention space, 1,600 RV sites, equine facilities, ice arena, racetrack, and grandstand. His accomplishments while there included modernizing the policies, procedures, and operations of this multi-use facility to current industry standards and bringing new high impact business into the local market.

“I’m beyond excited to join the incredible team at the Owensboro Convention Center and to work with local stakeholders to serve this vibrant community,” said Mr. Esposito.

Prior to leading the team in Gillette, Mr. Esposito was employed as the Co-Manager at Walmart Stores in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he directed the management team of a retail super-center. From 2008-2016, he served as General Manager of the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie, Pennsylvania.

“We are delighted to have Jeff coming to Owensboro to lead the OVG360 team. Known in the industry as a results-oriented, decisive leader, we are confident he will continue to cement the Owensboro Convention Center and Sportscenter as the place in the Commonwealth to host conferences and events which provides a significant economic impact to our community,” commented Nate Pagan, City of Owensboro’s City Manager.

“We could not be more excited to add Jeff to our team,” stated Dave Anderson, Regional Vice President for OVG360. “His over 25-year track record in the convention industry and his distinctive leadership approach position him as the perfect person to run the Owensboro Convention Center.”

Mr. Esposito holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Specialized Studies from Edinboro University, Pennsylvania, and he is a member of the International Association of Venue Managers.

Niantic Community Day

In-person Niantic Community Day Community Day meetups are heading to select cities worldwide and Owensboro is one of them!  Join Niantic, the developer of Pokémon Go, Pikmin Bloom, Ingress Prime and more on the Owensboro Convention Center front lawn this Saturday, May 21 from 11am to 2pm!

Players of all games can meet up with other Explorers and receive free giveaways (while supplies last!).  Come witness the magic players experience and share your favorite memories using #CommunityDay and #MeetYouOutThere on social media!

Players do not need to register to participate.

A complete list of U.S. cities featuring in-person Community Day meetups in addition to Owensboro, KY include:

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Oakland, CA
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Chicago, IL
  • St. Louis, MO
  • New York City, NY
  • Winnipeg, CAN 
  • Austin, TX
  • Seattle, WA
  • Houston, TX
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Washington, DC
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Bellevue, WA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Miami, FL 
  • Boston, MA 
  • New Orleans, LA