Entertainers protest coal sponsorship of World Equestrian Games

At least four entertainment acts have refused to perform during the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games because a coal company is one of the major sponsors.

Acts who won't be appearing as part of the Kentucky Experience Pavilion include the musical groups Reel World String Band, Kentucky Wild Horse and Randy Wilson, and storyteller Octavia Sexton.

All are performers with strong Appalachian ties, who often incorporate coal mines and miners into their performances. Reel World String Band, for example, would likely have performed The Taking, which includes a line about stopping "the greed of the coal companies."

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