Why was BluebirdPalooza postponed instead of cancelled?

The Ft. Thomas Education Foundation (FTEF) decided that given the size of the event (projected to be over 400 people) and the suggestions from many local, regional and federal leaders we should postpone BluebirdPalooza to a future date to ensure the health and safety of our community. Additionally, given that some of our ticket holders fall within the ‘vulnerable population’, we want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy our first ever indoor music festival.


BluebirdPalooza marks the 17th year that the FTEF has held a community fundraising event. Proceeds from this event go to fund the FTEF Teacher Grant Program which provides new and innovative classroom materials across our district. We chose to postpone instead of cancel the event so we can still raise important money for this program in support of our mission to enhance educational excellence.


Will I get a refund for my tickets?

Your ticket will automatically transfer to the new event date (10/17/2020). If you are unable to attend the event on the rescheduled date, it is possible to refund the value of your ticket. However, because this event is an important fundraiser for our FTEF Teacher Grant Program we humbly ask that you consider the price of your tickets a donation to support our schools and students or gifting them to someone else who is able to attend.


Will the event be the same as originally planned?

Yes! The event will still be held at the Newport Car Barn with the same bands (Floyd & the Walkmen with special guest Josh McInstosh & Company). We will still have food trucks, local craft breweries and axe throwing along with many other activities. With the added time to plan, we are looking in to adding even more fun to the party!

Why did you choose October 17, 2020 as the new date?

In coordination with the district calendar, fall athletics, elementary school festivals and local favorite sports teams, October 17th was the weekend that presented the fewest conflicts.


Other important dates:

Oct 9-12 - Fall Break

Oct 23-25 - Homecoming


If I am a sponsor, what will happen?

All sponsorships for BluebirdPalooza will carry over to the new event on 10/17/2020. This change in date allows us to increase the promotion of your sponsorship over the next 7 months. Your sponsorship will still include:

  • Social Media mentions

  • Listed on FTEF Website

  • Recognition at the event

  • Recognition in the FTEF Annual Report

  • Recognition in Traditions Magazine


I bought a bourbon raffle ticket, what will happen with that drawing?

We have made arrangements to hold the drawing for the Old Fitzgerald 9 year on Sunday March 15, 2020 at 3:30pm. The drawing will be held live at the Old Fort Pub (1041 S. Fort Thomas Ave) and broadcast via Facebook live on the Fort Thomas Education Foundation page.


Will other FTEF events be cancelled or postponed?

At this time we have no plans to cancel or postpone additional FTEF events. We will continue to monitor the situation and consider all the important information and communicate accordingly.


Upcoming events:

April 14th - HHS Alumni & Teacher of the Year Dinner

Aug 21st – First home football game & opening day for FTEF Foundation Club

Will the FTEF plan another annual dance for spring of 2021?

The FTEF will celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2021. Due to the change in the date of our annual event, BluebirdPalooza, we are looking at opportunities to plan a fun celebration for our 20th anniversary. Stay tuned for more information later this summer. 


Whom should I contact if I have other question?

Please call or email us if you have any questions that we have not addressed. 859-815-2004 or ftef@ftef.org.