Every year as August approaches, the kids start talking about going to the STATE FAIR. As our youngest says, "It's so much FUN!" This year the Fair starts on Thursday August 17th. For those of us who go almost every year - this year will hold a few surprises for us.
The most noticeable change will be changes with the midway. It has a new name and a new location. The midway will be called Thrill Ville and it will be located in the main lot in front of Freedom Hall.
The Fair will also have a new APP. The app will have have up to date maps that show where you are and the fastest route to get where you are going.
As far as tickets and parking - this year you can save some money by purchasing in advance. You can get advanced tickets at Kroger and online. You can visit their web site to find out the hours, cost, and special promotions offered this year. Click here to find out about the promotions offered this year.
Free shows are common throughout the FAIR. This year you can see Discovery Farm, Freddy Farm Bureau, Miller's Border Collies, Rock-It the Robot, Kazual, Tractor supply "Follow Us To The Fair" Tour, United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Company Simulated Factory, Kids Club, The Magic of David Garrard, Marvelous Mutts, Aussie Kingdom, Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium, Hip Hop Juggler, and Flying Wallendas. There will also be a solar eclipse viewing party on August 21.
Other exhibits include Main Street Kentucky, Health Horizons, Pride of the Counties, Heritage Hall, Gourmet Garden, South Wing Showcase, and the Performing Arts Stage.
This year's fair also has lots of music for everyone. There is the I Love the 90's Tour featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Color Me badd, Tone Loc, Young MC. Alabama will also be there with Tucker Beathard, as well as Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band and Lee Roy Parnell. Visit the web site to find out prices, dates, and more.
If you love horses then the FAIR is the place to be. They host the World's Championship Horse Show which is the richest and most prestigious Saddlebred show. Other shows include the 4-H Show, the Quarter Horse Show, and the Minature Horse Show. For more information click here.
The Kentucky State Fair is full of competitions, entertainment, music, agriculture, and so much more. So be sure to wear comfortable shoes and be ready to have some Summer FUN!