The 2013 Kentucky State Fair
Fried food, free concerts, and cows… oh my!
Can you believe it’s that time of year again? The annual Kentucky State Fair kicks off tomorrow night, and everyone from around the region is invited to partake in what has become one of the state’s biggest traditions since 1902. Visitors of all ages will flood the fairgrounds during this 11-day event to enjoy a world of agriculture, education, performing arts, animal showcases, thrill rides, one-of-a-kind vendors, and MUCH more!
After beginning the day with a quick chat and photo session with Freddy Farm Bureau (the 18-foot farmer who has been the official greeter of the Kentucky State Fair since 1958), stroll through the hay covered floors of the West Wing to hear a chorus of moos and oinks, pet plush wool sheep, and watch chickens relentlessly peck through scattered seeds. Next, take the time to admire blue-ribbon crops, tour the numerous art exhibits, and immerse yourself in a plethora of educational attractions that will leave you with a whole new understanding and appreciation for the state of Kentucky and all the organizations that make it great. And make sure you take the little ones for a stop at Kidz Biz for performances by various dancers, musicians, and comical characters; entertainment that is sure to bring laughter and excitement to everyone from 2 to 92.
For those of you more interested in the merchandise, head to the South Wing where hundreds vendors set up booths showcasing everything from jewelry, makeup, and clothing to hot tubs, furniture, and home improvement materials. Take the time to stop to “ohh” and “ahh” at impressive product demonstrations and artist performances.
Before calling it a day, head outside to Thrillway, buy some tickets, and hop on some exciting carnival rides! Click here for ticket prices and information. Or if you have already spent enough money on fried food and souvenirs, make your way to Cardinal Stadium for the nightly concert, free with your paid State Fair admission. Gates for the concert series open at 7:00 p.m. each night, with a scheduled start time of 8:00 p.m. Click here for a schedule of performances, which include hit music sensations like Vertical Horizon and Montgomery Gentry.
General Info: The 2013 Kentucky State Fair will take place August 15-25, with gates opening at 7 a.m. and entrances to exhibits beginning at 9 a.m. each day. Admission at the gate is $10 for adults and $6 for seniors over 55 years old and for children 3 to 12 years old. There is an $8 parking charge for all of the main lots, but fair-goers can get free parking on weekends at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and use the complimentary tram service to get to and from the fair.
As a part of the Kentucky State Fair celebration, a number of today’s most popular entertainers will take the Main Stage, including country superstars Alan Jackson, Gary Allen, and Toby Keith, #1 hit artists The Wanted and Carly Rae Jepsen, hilarious ventriloquist and comedian, Jeff Durham, and even the stars of A&E’s hit show “Duck Dynasty”. For schedules and ticket information, click here.