About Us

Who We Are

The Bluegrass State Games is a non-profit program sponsored privately to promote amateur athletics across the Commonwealth. It is the signature event of the Bluegrass Sports Commission, designed to provide Kentuckians of all ages and skill levels a wholesome avenue for positive development through sports and physical activity, to promote and develop amateur athletics and to provide the amateur athlete an opportunity to showcase their talent and receive statewide recognition.

Bluegrass State Games is a member of the National Congress of State Games which is a member of the United States Olympic Committee.

Our History

Governor Martha Layne Collins created the Bluegrass State Games to promote healthy lifestyles through athletic competition and this signature event of the Bluegrass Sports Commission, celebrating its 36th year has an annual economic impact of more than $6 million to the Central Kentucky economy. It consistently draws the largest participation of any amateur sporting event in the state with more than 15,000 participants that came from 73/120 Kentucky counties, of which 49% are female and 60,000 spectators. More than 30 sports were offered using multiple venues across Kentucky.

Facts About the Games

  • Largest participation of any amateur sporting event in the state, more than 15,000 participants in 2018 and continues to be one of the longest running events of its kind in the United States.
  • 30+ different sports offered.
  • High percentage of participants are in multiple tournaments and competitions throughout the state annually. They like to travel!
  • Sports events have been held in Fayette, Woodford, Jefferson, Scott, Clark, Madison and Franklin Counties.
  • The Games bring together Kentuckians from around the Commonwealth each year to compete in many different sports and activities.
  • The Games have been a mainstay of Kentucky’s culture since its inception, but it is now being re-energized. Our corporate and media partnership program is the main element of that rejuvenation.


Male Athletes
Female Athletes
Age: 0-10
Age: 11-21
Age: 22-45
Age: 45+

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