August 17-27

Judge Announcements: Junior Shows at the Kentucky State Fair

We’re excited to announce our first round of judges for the Junior Shows at the 2023 Kentucky State Fair: Junior Breeding Sheep/Showmanship – Andy Sloan from Shelby, OH Junior Breeding Sheep/Showmanship/Novice – Tyler Homann from Neoga, IL Junior Market Lambs – Caleb Boardman from College Station, TX Junior Market Cattle – Tyler & Scott Bush from Britton, SD Junior Heifers – Tyler & Scott Bush from Britton, SD Junior Market Hogs/Breeding Gilts/Showmanship – Will Hilty from Mount Pleasant, PA Junior Market Goat/Wether Dams/Showmanship – Ryan Mortvedt from Lynnville, IA […]

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Kentucky State Fair Announces Additional Acts Performing in the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series

The Kentucky State Fair announced the six more acts taking the stage at the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series. This announcement adds popular country, oldies and rock performances to this year’s lineup. Concerts are included with fair admission and began at 8 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, August 28 concert which begins at 6 p.m. All performances are taking place adjacent to the Broadbent Arena and Kentucky Kingdom. More acts will be announced throughout the summer. Announced Today August 18 at 8 p.m. – Russell Dickerson with special guest Tyler Booth August 20 at 8 p.m. – Black Stone Cherry with special guest Ayron Jones August 23 at 8 p.m. – Happy Together Tour Announced Previously on May 25th August 21 at 8 p.m. – Oak Ridge Boys with special guest Lorrie Morgan August 26 at 8 p.m. – Trace Adkins with special guest Brassfield August 27 at 8 p.m. – Niko Moon with special guest Alex Miller   Early bird tickets are available through Aug. 5 at $8 per person and includes parking. Admission at the gate is $10 per person and $10 parking per vehicle. Kentucky State Fair admission is now available online via Ticketmaster. […]

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World’s Championship Horse Show Announces Additional Prize Money

The placings for the Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion increased from eight to ten. The World’s Championship Horse Show’s largest prize continues to grow in prestige and value. With support from the Goodman and Manilow Families and the Barbara Blacklaw Memorial Fund, the prize money has increased to $155,000 and the class placings have expanded from eight to ten for the Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion. In 2019, a $1 million endowment was the gift from William Blacklaw in memory of his wife and is invested in an interest-bearing account. Accrued interest on the endowment will be disbursed annually to provide additional prize money to ribbon winners in the Five-Gaited World’s Grand Championship competition held on the final night of the World’s Championship Horse Show. “The World’s Championship Horse Show is one of the oldest and most storied parts of the Kentucky State Fair, continuing through world wars and societal changes. This event has continued to showcase the top horses and riders in the world thanks to generous donations from people like The Goodman and Manilow Families and Mr. Blacklaw. We’re appreciative of all they have done for the Saddlebred industry,” said David S. Beck, President and CEO of Kentucky Venues. The World’s Championship Horse Show returns to Freedom Hall Aug. 22-29. The event is held in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair. Due to COVID-19, the 2020 show is closed to the public. For more information about the World’s Championship Horse Show, visit wchorseshow.com. […]

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Kentucky State Fair Announces Additional Changes

The Kentucky State Fair is responding to the spread of COVID-19 by closing the public portion of the event. Only participants and assisting family members will be able to attend the 2020 Kentucky State Fair. “The Kentucky State Fair has addressed and overcome many challenges in its storied history. The Kentucky State Fair Board carefully considered the public’s concerns regarding health and safety and realized the Fair needed further modification. Although the Fair will be different this year, the rich tradition of promoting the equestrian and agricultural progress of the state will endure.” said Steven Wilson, the Kentucky State Fair Board Chairman.  In addition to previous measures taken, additional public portions of the 2020 Kentucky State Fair will be canceled including: The Texas Roadhouse concert series,  Outdoor entertainment Thrill Ville (also referred to as the Midway)  Lot A exhibits Kentucky State Fair Entertainment Tent Outdoor Food Vendors “With an abundance of caution to protect our fairgoers, participants and employees, and at the direction of the administration, we have modified the 2020 Kentucky State Fair to be a participant only show. This will allow core elements including the World’s Championship Horse Show and the youth livestock competition to continue safely,” said David S. Beck President and CEO of Kentucky Venues. With a shift to a participant-only show, the Kentucky State Fair will have a more feasible way to perform contact tracing, an essential step in reducing the spread of COVID-19. For those participating in livestock competition and the horse show, there will be increased handwashing stations, mask requirements throughout the facility, additional cleaning protocols and other changes.   For more information about the Kentucky State Fair’s COVID-19 plan, visit https://kystatefair.org/covid-19-plan.            […]

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2020 World’s Championship Horse Show FAQ

KY State Fair Quarter Horse Show Questions- Is the 2020 KY State Fair Quarter Horse Show canceled? Yes, the quarter horse show was canceled this year 2020 WCHS Questions- Why haven’t I received my prize list? Or can you mail me a prize list? We are not printing a prize list due to delays caused by Covid-19, prize list will be available online https://wchorseshow.com/ Who can attend the Show? Horse shows must limit attendance to: essential staff, volunteers, and service providers; judges; trainers; participants/riders; groomers, and; owners. If a participant is a minor, their parents or primary caregivers may attend with them. What credentials do owners need to get into Freedom Hall to watch? Owners and Parents will pick up tickets for the session/sessions that their horse/horses are in at the Horse Show Office Who can have armbands? Grooms-these bands will get you into the makeup arena Trainers-these bands will get you into the makeup arena and on the rail (these are only for trainers) Media-will get you into the upper bowl Can grooms stay in the barns? Yes, grooms are allowed to stay with the horses at night Are gatherings allowed in the barns? No large gathering will be allowed Each stall is allowed 2 people Everyone in the barns must social distance How many media per magazine? 3 media bands allowed per magazine Where can I watch the show? Pay per View link will be posted at https://wchorseshow.com/live-streaming/ How do I go about scheduling a time to come to the horse show office? There will be a Large Schedule board located outside of the Horse Show Office Box Seat Tickets There are no Box Seats or Suites for the 2020 WCHS- If you have paid for your box seats you will be reimbursed The tickets will remain in your name for use 2021. Where is the Horse Show Office Located Inside Freedom Hall in the Eastside Suite Will there be VIP parking Yes, VIP Parking passes can be purchased Can we still purchase Gate Books? Yes, they will be available for pre-purchase and in the Horse Show Office Eligibility: All horses are eligible, but the horses with the most points will be able to show.  If the class is not filled to capacity, then the horses with no or few points will be drawn in order to participate. This will be done as soon as the entries are all entered and those not eligible will be notified immediately. Entry Deadlines The entry date is July 6 until July 20th The post entry fee of $1,000 has been waived this year due to the circumstances of Covid-19 […]

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Fun at the Fair: 2019 Favorites

The Kentucky State Fair is a proud tradition for many families and people across the state of Kentucky. From fun rides, fascinating exhibits, farm life, and great livestock, the Kentucky State Fair has something for everyone to enjoy. The best 11 days of summer has so much to offer in such a short span of time, as the 2019 Kentucky State Fair comes to an end, let’s look at some of this year’s Fair favorites. MARVELOUS MUTTS These mutts have talent! The Marvelous Mutts show is action packed with canine sport. The canine and handler teams perform with frisbees, agility racing and dock diving to wow the crowd. The Marvelous Mutts are sure to leave you oohing and awing!   BMX PROS TRICK TEAM A new free show this year at the fair, the BMX Pros Trick Team have feel at home amongst the Kentucky State Fairgoers. Their show is full of high flying action with tricks that allows you to experience X Games talent right here in your home state! RENATA THE BAND Renata the Band, a trio of siblings, return to the Kentucky State Fair and have quickly become a favorite performer to many Fairgoers. Touring together full-time for nearly nine years, they are seasoned veterans in the music industry that are sure to make an audience get on their feet and dance.       DAIRY CATTLE COSTUME CONTEST The Youth Dairy Cattle Costume Contest at the Kentucky State Fair is a competition like no other. Participates from all across the state of Kentucky gather their most charming calf and style them with the perfect costume. Even though the dairy cattle have gone home there’s still plenty of adorable beef cattle to see!   KEEPING IT CLASSIC WITH CORNDOGS Every year there seems to be a favorite fair food, this year everyone is keeping it classic with these delicious corndogs! […]

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New Champions are Crowned at the 2019 Championship Drive

The second annual Championship Drive was held at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair on Thursday, Aug. 22, rewarding exhibitors for the hours of work poured into their show animals. Over 60 4-H and FFA exhibitors participated in the Championship Drive, and 20 students went home with banners. “The Championship Drive was so inspiring and touching. Young members will look up to the champions. They are the model for how things should be done,” said Gloria Bolin, the Kentucky 4-H President. The relaxed yet intense environment made all the competitors feel like they belonged on the main stage. The exhibitors wanted to put on the best show possible to be selected as Grand Champions. Allison Fink, the Grand Champion Goat exhibitor said, “I feel like your heart kind of stops for a minute. I’ve won before and it’s the same feeling that I’ve had. I really wanted it like everyone else in there did. It’s just a really good feeling when you see them walk towards you and put their hand out to shake.” CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVE WINNERS: Grand Champion Steer: Addison Arnett, Montgomery Co. 4-H Reserve Champion Steer: Blake Quiggins, Hart Co. FFA 3rd Overall Steer: Macey Shelton, Bourbon Co. FFA 4th Overall Steer: Addison Arnett, Montgomery Co. 4-H 5th Overall Steer: Macey Shelton, Bourbon Co. FFA Kentucky Proud Champion: Elli Ramey, Pendleton Co. FFA Kentucky Proud Res Champion: Colby Cooper, Fleming Co. 4-H Grand Champion Hog: Brayden Lancaster, Meade Co. 4-H Reserve Champion Hog: Blair Cupps, Boone Co. 4-H 3rd Overall Hog: Kasey Johnson, Mason Co. FFA 4th Overall Hog: Saulyer Logsdon, McLean Co. FFA 5th Overall Hog: Kirstin Ayer, McLean Co. FFA Kentucky Proud Champion: Saulyer Logsdon, McLean Co. FFA Kentucky Proud Res Champion: Kasey Johnson, Mason Co. FFA Grand Champion Lamb: Blake Quiggins, Hart Co. FFA Reserve Champion Lamb: Clayton Burks, Breckenridge Co. FFA 3rd Overall Lamb: Carlee Church, Mason Co. 4-H 4th Overall Lamb: Mason Miracle, Bourbon Co. FFA 5th Overall Lamb: Macey Shelton, Bourbon Co. FFA Kentucky Proud Champion: Mason Miracle, Bourbon Co. FFA Kentucky Proud Res Champion: Wyatt Acey, Boyle Co. 4-H Grand Champion Goat: Allison Fink, Clark Co. FFA Reserve Champion Goat: Avery Holman, Boyle Co. 4-H 3rd Overall Goat: Madison Goecke, Bracken Co. FFA 4th Overall Goat: Phoenix Stacy, Greenup Co. 4-H 5th Overall Goat: Madison Goecke, Bracken Co. FFA Kentucky Proud Champion: Avery Holman, Boyle Co. 4-H Kentucky Proud Res Champion: Chance Flach, Mercer Co. FFA […]

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Get Your Healthy On at Health Horizons

The Kentucky State Fair is all about fun, but your health is no laughing matter! Located in South Wing B, Health Horizons is where the medical community comes together to educate fairgoers about their well-being. Attendees can take advantage of various cancer screenings going on at Health Horizons. Check out state-of-the-art medical displays, and be sure to get FREE screenings from some of the top professionals in the commonwealth. Screenings include: hearing evaluations, blood pressure, vision, mammograms, skin cancer, thyroid cancer, prostate cancer, head and neck cancer, hepatitis C and stroke risk assessments. Find out what your prime condition could be through health services, free samples, discussion panels and information packets. You can even donate blood if you’re feeling generous! Health Horizons is your one-stop-shop for a healthy lifestyle. For a schedule of the 2019 screenings, click here. The Kentucky State Fair runs August 15-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. […]

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From Beginner To Blue Ribbon Winner, Byron Fairchild’s Kentucky State Fair Experience

Gathering from around the region, competitors are excited to show off their prized birds at the Kentucky State Fair. Byron Fairchild, from Flat Gap, Kentucky, has been a poultry enthusiast his entire life, and watched poultry competitions with his wife for several years before deciding to compete himself. Being the only exhibitor that shows the rare American Game Bantams, Fairchild’s unique chickens differ from the average English Game Bantams most exhibitors contend with. Fairchild said the competition is fierce, as a lot of preparation and dedication goes into all the birds being shown. Eggs are strategically hatched in January, so that by August the chickens will be fully matured. With the first priority being the chicken’s health, the early months are about correct nutrition and raising the birds properly. The last few months before the contest are about keeping the bird’s feathers in place and picking the right chickens that meet the standard of perfection. “Proudest moment would be on Saturday mornings of the show when the ribbons are placed on the cages, and all your work for the year is accomplished,” Fairchild said. Fairchild looks forward to the Fair every year, as it has become tradition for his friends and family to come and support his birds. The 2019 poultry show is August 15-18. The Kentucky State Fair runs August 15-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. […]

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