Preparations underway in Louisa for ‘Idol’ star Noah Thompson’s return

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Published: May. 16, 2022 at 6:21 PM EDT
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LOUISA, Ky. (WYMT) - Preparations are underway in Louisa, as the city prepares for ‘American Idol’ star Noah Thompson to make his return.

Thompson officially made the show’s finale on Sunday night, cracking the top three.

Tuesday, he will be putting on a free concert for his hometown of Louisa, at Lawrence County High School.

Wes Kingsmore is the Chairman on the Lawrence County Tourism Commission. He says American Idol officials have warned them to prepare for ten to fifteen thousand people.

“Our first plan was to have this downtown in our little park and we quickly realized that, doing the math, that three to four thousand people were all that’s going to be able to go there, and that just wasn’t going to work.” He said.

Kingsmore expects the actual number of concert-goers to be closer to two to four thousand.

The festivities start at 7p.m. with a parade through downtown Louisa, with the concert immediately following on the football field.

Dr. Robbie Fletcher is the Superintendent for Lawrence County Schools. He says getting ready for a concert in less than 48 hours has been a community effort.

“You’re going to see a community that really and truly supports each other.” He said. “and as far as trying to help each other out, truly all in. That’s how we roll around here.”

Fletcher asks that school parking be reserved for those with mobility issues. Those who can’t get a spot at the school will find parking near the Louisa Wal-Mart.

Buses will be shuttling folks to and from parking areas. Shuttles start running at five.

Fletcher says there will be signs directing traffic.

The concert gates will open at six.

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