The Kentucky State Fair is a 10-day tradition that has been a part of Kentucky’s history since 1816. The fair holds many attractions that draw many people in from out of state. From shows to food trucks to contests, the fair has so much to offer. Here are seven things you don’t want to miss when you go to the 2016 Kentucky State Fair from August 18-28:
1.) Free Concerts: The Kentucky State Fair has several concerts available to the public free with paid gate admission. Music fans can get an amazing view of artists that they perform live every night. Musical guests for this year’s fair include ABBA, Oak Ridge Boys, Rachel Platton and more! For more information on the concerts available this year, visit http://www.kystatefair.org/theTurfConcertSeries.html
2.) World’s Championship Horse Show: This special horse show is held in conjunction with the state fair and attracts many horse lovers around the US. The shows have over 2,000 horses competing in 10 divisions for more than $1 million in awards. The horses hold such beauty and elegance that you won’t want to miss. For more information on the horse races and shows visit http://www.kystatefair.org/wchs/index.html.
3.) Animals: One of the typical things you would think of when you think of a state fair is the display of livestock and other animals. There are so many animals to see such as goats, rabbits, cows, sheep, pigs, and more. They are so fun to see and some of them are so adorable! To learn more about the animals at the fair, visit http://www.kystatefair.org/animals.html.
4.) Rides: What fair doesn’t have carnival rides? Not this one! The Kentucky State Fair has rides that will make you can ride so you can scream, twist, spin, roll, fly, drop, and laugh! Just purchase a wristband for a full day of fun.
5.) Food: There are many fan-favorite foods that bring everyone to the fair. Some of the interesting and exclusive foods you can try include fried Oreos, the donut burger, fried corn on the cob, and more!
6.) Free Shows: Looking for some fun entertainment that is fun for all ages? The Kentucky State Fair offers several free shows that are aimed towards children and adults. Some of these shows include Miller’s Border Collies, Discovery Farm, Kazual, Lady Houdini, and more. To see what other shows are available at the fair when you go, visit http://www.kystatefair.org/dailyShows.html.
7.) Exhibitor Displays: If you live in Louisville, it is pretty common to know at least one person who has put an entry into the Kentucky State Fair. There are a wide variety of entries to see at the fair: quilts, fine artwork, cake decorating, antiques, plants and flowers, and more! Stop by and see all the entries; who knows, you might know someone who won a prize!