The Kentucky State Fair kicks off on August 19th and runs until August 29, 2010 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The gates open at 7 a.m., exhibit buildings at 9 a.m., the Thrillway at 2 p.m. (Mon-Fri) and noon (Sat and Sun).
There is so much to see and do for everyone including the Balloon Masters, Break Shop break dancers, 350 booths for shopping, entertainment tents, cheer and dance competitions, the Ugly Lamp Competition, a roosting crowing contest, art and crafts, dog competitions and shows, and military vehicles. There is something for everyone, of all ages and backgrounds during the Kentucky State Fair.
Music and Concerts
The concert series features Sugarland, Jeff Dunham, Tim McGraw with Montgomery Gentry, and Rascal Flatts with Kellie Pckler and Christ Young. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
Battle of the Bands with feature local musicians on Aug. 28th, with the winning band receiving recording time at Mom’s Music.
Free concerts happening inside the fairgrounds include amazing artists such as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, MC Hammer, Jackyl, OakRidge Boys, MercyMe, The Charlie Daniels Band, Jake Owen, Balck Stone Cherry and Billy Currington.
More than 2000 horses from around the world will compete in the World’s Championship Horse Show. Featured breeds are American Saddlebreds, Hackney ponies, and Standardbred Road horses. There are also free performances in Freedom Hall from August 23-28 at 9:00 a.m.
What smells so good? That question will be getting everyone’s mouth watering during the fair while eating funnel cakes, corn dogs and the usual fair food, but at the Gourmet Garden Stage a whole other level of cooking will be happening. Each day a cooking contest featuring local chefs from fabulous restaurants in the Louisville area will take place with secret ingredients revealed at the beginning of the contest. The audience will learn cooking tips, cooking secrets from the chefs and even tasting some of the creations. Three audience members will also be selected each day to be judges for the cooking competition.
Breyers All Natural Sundae Showcase Aug. 21-22
Kraft Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese Tour Aug. 26-29
PNC Bank Virtual Wallet Aug 19-22
AARP/Walgreen Wellness Tour (18+ years) Aug. 21-24
DISH Experience your Truck (HDTV technology) Every day of the fair
YAP (Young Adult Project)
This section of the fair is focused on youth aged 14-20 years and has contests, entertainment, and social networking happenings. There will be scavenger hunts, themed events and a free souvenir photo.
During different day of the fair, a variety of animals big and small will be on hand to see and learn from. These include goats, dairy cattle, mules, Saddlebred horses, sheep, pigs, miniature horses, and a Draft Horse Pull. Make sure to wash hands after leaving the animal area.
$8.00 per car
$10.00 per RV.
There are wheelchair, scooter, stroller and wagon rentails for the entire day for different prices for each.
Kids (3-12) $4
(under 3 are free)
Seniors (55+) $4
Thrillway tickets $25 for 22
*Wristband Day Aug. 19,23-26 Wristband for $24 for all rides after 2 pm
*Kiddie Day Aug. 20 &27 Children 12 and under for all rides $12
*Last Blast Aug. 29 Wristband for $24 for all rides after noon
The Kentucky State Fair can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter. Go and have fun!