Kentucky State Fair 2023 Breaks Recent Attendance Records

The 2023 Kentucky State Fair welcomed more than 599,000 people for the fair and the 120th World’s Championship Horse Show, which takes place during the fair. Despite several days of severe heat, this was a significant 14% increase over last year’s attendance of 525,000 and is the highest attendance since at least 2018.     Throughout the 11-day event, the Kentucky State Fair set daily attendance records for the first three days of the fair and two additional days compared to data from the previous five years. The first Saturday of the fair was the busiest day on record, dating back to at least 2018. The Kentucky State Fair also saw participation from all 120 counties in the Commonwealth.     Next year’s 120th Kentucky State Fair will occur August 15-25, 2024.  […]

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Kentucky State Fair Wraps Up Another Year of Fun and Bringing Kentucky Together

The 119th Kentucky State Fair celebrated a successful year of bringing Kentuckians together, with all 120 counties represented, to enjoy 11 days of live entertainment, agriculture, animals, education, and more. The theme for this year’s event was “It’s Summer Summed Up,” as the fair is the place where Kentuckians can find all the best things of summer in one place at the very end of the season.  “This year’s Kentucky State Fair summed up summer in every way possible,” said David S. Beck, President & CEO of Kentucky Venues. “We’re pleased to see participation from each of the Commonwealth’s 120 counties, who came together to celebrate the success and the progress made. We look forward to celebrating an unforgettable anniversary with everyone next year from August 15th through the 25th.”  Still exhibit entries returned strong, increasing over 2022 numbers. There were over 16,130 entries, with categories ranging from quilts to miniatures to culinary and everything in between. Livestock competitors filled the West Wing, West Hall, and Pavilion with over 8,500 entries. FFA and 4-H participants contributed 8,450 entries, including an astounding 1,000 country hams displayed in Cloverville. There were more than 33,000 entries in total at this year’s fair.  120th World’s Championship Horse Show Recognizes World’s Grand Champions Held in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair, the World’s Championship Horse Show is recognized as the most prestigious Saddlebred show in the world. Two thousand horses competed in more than 250 classes for Grand Champion titles and $1.5 million in awards. A six-year-old stallion named “Epoque Kiss NKF,” owned by Double H LLC and trained by Burt Honaker of Wytheville, VA, was crowned the 2023 Five-Gaited World’s Grand Champion claiming the title for two consecutive years.  Kentucky Exposition Foundation Celebrated the Future of Youth, Agriculture, Tourism and Economy   Through record-breaking donations, the Kentucky Exposition Foundation invested in outreach, celebration, and growth of Kentucky’s agriculture. Championship Drive presented by Farm Credit Mid-America, The Sunshine Class, and added prize money to the five-gaited stake all recognized the Commonwealth’s leading heart and progress.  The 6th annual Championship Drive presented by Farm Credit Mid-America at the Kentucky State Fair awarded a record-breaking $215,000 to participating youth livestock exhibitors. Thanks to donors of the Kentucky Exposition Foundation, donations were higher than ever before. In addition, the foundation invited first-time livestock competitors that have varying levels of accessibility needs to compete during the 2nd annual Sunshine Class.  Record-Breaking Ham Sold For $10 Million   For the third year in a row, it was a record-breaking auction at the 59th Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast Charity Auction hosted by Kentucky Farm Bureau when the Grand Champion Ham was auctioned off for $10 million to Central Bank and Kelly and Joe Craft.  Community Celebration at the Forefront of the Fair  JCPS Deal Day  As Jefferson County Public Schools delayed the start of school, the Kentucky State Fair stepped up to offer parents and guardians the opportunity to bring two children to the fair’s opening day for free.  More Kentuckians Welcomed […]

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Kentucky State Fair Offers a Special Discount for JCPS Students and Families 

One-day promotion that includes free admission for students with parent or guardian  The Kentucky State Fair announces a special one-day deal as JCPS delays the start of school. Families can experience Summer Summed Up at the fair for a discounted rate. On Thursday, August 17, each parent or guardian with paid admission can bring up to two students at no additional cost until 2 p.m.  Parking is not included in the promotional deal. Parents and guardians are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance online at or at participating Kroger stores for $10, which includes parking. Admission at the gate is $10 per parent or guardian plus $10 per standard vehicle.   In addition to the admission deal, Kissel Entertainment, the Thrill Ville operator, is offering a buy one get one all-day ride wristband promotion. Thrill Ville will open at 3 p.m.   On Thursday, families can also experience livestock in the West Wing, entertainment in The BIG Tent, shopping in South Wing C, Rescue Ridge and Health Horizons in South Wing B, and much more!   Excused Absence Form  Excused Absence Forms are available online for all Kentucky students who want to visit the Fair during a normal school day. Kentucky Revised Statute 159.035(4), students applying for an excused absence to attend the Kentucky State Fair shall be granted one (1) day of excused absence. Take a look at this document for the full statute. This policy was implemented to allow students to participate in the fair. Visit to complete an excused absence form.  Fair Hours & Dates   The Kentucky State Fair runs August 17-27, 2023, and opens at 10 a.m. daily. Admission ends one hour before outside areas close.  Visit for a complete list of hours.    Fair Admission Information   Tickets for the Kentucky State Fair are available at participating Kroger stores, at the Kentucky Exposition Ticket Office, or online at Tickets are $10 per person and include parking when purchased before August 17. Tickets at the gate during the fair are $10 per person and $10 for parking per vehicle.     Minor Attendance Policy    Effective Monday-Thursday after 6 p.m. and Friday-Sunday all day, fairgoers under 18 years old entering the fair must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian 21 years of age or older. Proof of age is required. IDs will be verified at the gate. Read the entire policy at    […]

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Kentucky State Fair Announces BEERFEST Early Bird Tickets Now Available 

$15 early bird tickets available through August 15 Early bird admission for BEERFEST at the Kentucky State Fair is available online today. Participants will be able to sample drinks from some of the best breweries in the Commonwealth at this one-day-only event on August 19 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fee-free early bird tickets are available for $15 through August 15 on the fair’s website.    An admission purchase will allow the visitor ten four-ounce samples from participating breweries. Prices go up to $20 on August 16. On August 19, admission will only be available on-site for $25. BEERFEST admission does not include fair admission and parking. Tickets are limited and subject to sell-out ahead of the event.  While at BEERFEST, participants can enjoy the sounds of Bluegrass music from Fresh Cut Grass in the Bluegrass, Bourbon & Brews Tent. Following BEERFEST, fairgoers can rock out to Foghat with special guest The Kentucky Headhunters at the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series.  Must be of legal drinking age and have a valid ID to redeem on-site. Purchase BEERFEST admission at:   […]

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New Latin Music Fest Invites Kentuckians To Celebrate Last Day of the Fair 

LouCity Meet & Greet, Salsa Dancing, and Music Performances The Kentucky State Fair announced Latin Music Fest, a brand-new activation taking place on the last day of the Fair, August 27. Fairgoers are invited to celebrate aspects of the Commonwealth’s Latin community with events such as salsa dancing, meet and greet with soccer players, and musical performances throughout the day in The BIG Tent.   Fairgoers can start their morning meeting with members of Louisville City FC at 10 a.m. Bring souvenirs, shirts, and other memorabilia to get signed, or snap a photo with your favorite players. In the afternoon, Meraki Dance Company will host open mini classes at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to teach fairgoers the steps to traditional Latin dances. All experience levels are welcome to participate.   In between lessons and kicking-off the evening activities, attendees can groove to the classic sounds of Latin music as MasFlow Band takes the stage inside The BIG Tent at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. To round out the evening and the final night of the Kentucky State Fair, Brazeros Musical De Durango will take the stage at 7:00 p.m.   Latin Fest is in partnership with Latin Music Awards KY and is included with Kentucky State Fair admission.      El Kentucky State Fair anunció el Festival de Música Latina, una nueva activación que se llevará a cabo el último día de la Feria, el 27 de agosto. Se invita a los asistentes a celebrar aspectos de la comunidad latina del Commonwealth con eventos como baile de salsa, encuentros con jugadores de fútbol y actuaciones musicales durante todo el día localizado en El “BIG Tent”.  Los asistentes de la feria pueden comenzar su mañana conociendo a los miembros del Louisville City FC a las 10 a.m. Lleven souvenirs, camisetas y otros recuerdos para que los firmen, o saquen una foto con sus jugadores favoritos. Por la tarde, la compañía de danza Meraki ofrecerá clases abiertas de bailes latinos tradicionales a la 1:00 p.m. y 3:00 p.m. para enseñar a los asistentes los pasos de los bailes tradicionales latinos. Todos los niveles de experiencia son bienvenidos para participar.  Entre las clases y para dar inicio a las actividades de la noche, los asistentes podrán disfrutar de los clásicos sonidos de la música latina mientras la banda MasFlow se presenta en el escenario de El BIG Tent” a las 2:00 p.m. y 4:30 p.m. Para cerrar la noche y la última noche del Kentucky State Fair, la banda Brazeros Musical De Durango se presentará a las 7:00 p.m.  El Latin Fest es producido en asociación con los Latin Music Awards KY y está incluido con la entrada al Kentucky State Fair.  […]

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Last Week For Early Bird Tickets

The Kentucky State Fair announced this week as the final week to purchase $9 early bird tickets, which include parking. Early bird tickets are on sale at participating Kroger locations around the state, online at, and at the Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office through Friday, August 4. Prices go up to $10 on August 5. This year’s fair is “Summer Summed Up,” offering local entertainment, thrilling rides, and mouthwatering food that the whole family is sure to enjoy. Fairgoers can expect new performances, unique one-day activations, and more. New Performances Additional new performances to be announced closer to the fair Ten days of Texas Roadhouse Concert Series performances  Visit for the entire lineup. The Ice Cream Show! This interactive family show will entertain you with a cart full of magic tricks and juggling props—no real ice cream involved. Plant Guy Is that plant moving? It sure is! Catch the funniest plant you’ll ever talk to strolling around the fair. Say hello and take a selfie; he’s big on photosynthesis. Cirque Zuma Zuma On the Family Stage – An exhilarating African cirque-style show packed with unique themes that are sure to wow. U.S. Army Special Operations Step into the role of a soldier with virtual reality: experience parachute and flight simulators, augmented reality sand table, and more. Meet & greet with soldiers and see some of the weapons they use. Unique One-Day Activations  Additional one-day activations to be announced closer to the fair Kentucky State Civics Bee – August 18 BEERFEST – August 19 Kentucky Auctioneers Association State Contest — August 19 Largest Pumpkin & Watermelon Contest – August 19 Kentucky Exposition Foundation Sunshine Class – August 24 Kentucky Exposition Foundation Championship Drive presented by Farm Credit Mid-America – August 24 Kentucky State Fair Talent Classic Finals– August 26 Participating Kroger Stores: INDIANA LOCATIONS Store #00762  – 305 E Lewis & Clark Pkwy  Clarksville  IN Store #00776  – 1027 Jeffersonville Commons Blvd  Jeffersonville  IN Store #00741  – 525 Clifty Dr  Madison  IN Store #00396  – 200 New Albany Plaza  New Albany  IN Store #00744  – 2864 Charlestown Rd  New Albany  IN KENTUCKY LOCATIONS Store #00408  – 102 W John Rowan Blvd  Bardstown  KY Store #00903  – 568 River Ridge Plaza  Brandenburg  KY Store #00369  – 399 Campbellsville Bypass  Campbellsville  KY Store #00710  – 2549 Hwy 227  Carrollton  KY Store #00719  – 1019 Cumberland Falls Hwy  Corbin  KY Store #00760  – 14889 N US Hwy 25  Corbin  KY Store #00733  – 200 Skywatch Dr  Danville  KY Store #00362  – 111 Towne Dr  Elizabethtown  KY Store #00717  – 3040 Dolphin Dr  Elizabethtown  KY Store #00397  – 300 Brighton Park Blvd  Frankfort  KY Store #00779  – 106 Marketplace Circle  Georgetown  KY Store #00363  – 844 S College St  Harrodsburg  KY Store #00394  – 2034 S Hwy 53  LaGrange  KY Store #00913  – 1300 Anderson Crossing Dr  Lawrenceburg  KY Store #00730  – 705 E Main St  Lebanon  KY Store #00347  – 4101 Tates Creek  Lexington  KY Store #00352  – 150 W Lowry Ln, Suite 190 […]

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Join Us in August: A Letter to Kentuckians

Imagine this: it’s mid-August, you’re basking in the aroma of farm-fresh delicacies and deep-fried delights and taking a beaming snapshot with Freddy Farm Bureau at the Kentucky State Fair. Whether you find thrills on a ride, peruse hundreds of vendors, relax with your livestock, or groove to the sounds of the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series, it’s where Kentucky Comes Together.  The Kentucky State Fair is the last call for summer, and we like to say it’s Summer Summed Up! Where else can you experience farm life at AgLand, lose yourself in live music, compete in cornhole, and feast on fried cuisine? Join us at the Kentucky State Fair to cherish traditions: marvel at champion livestock, giant Bluegrass-harvested pumpkins, and blue ribbon-winning crafts. It doesn’t stop there. We’re also excited to announce BEERFEST, a one-day event spotlighting Kentucky’s finest craft beers.  Join us at the Kentucky Exposition Center from August 17 to 27, where we’re expecting half a million of your closest friends from each of Kentucky’s 120 counties!  Anticipate an unforgettable experience that creates lasting memories. Purchase discount tickets, which include parking, at Be part of the Summer Summed Up event at the 2023 Kentucky State Fair.  Sincerely, David S. Beck President & CEO of Kentucky Venues […]

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Kentucky State Fair Begins Hiring for August Event

With the Kentucky State Fair just over one month away, the event announced open job interviews to fill hundreds of positions with responsibilities ranging from guest services to operations.  Starting Tuesday, July 11th, and every Tuesday and Thursday remaining in July at Broadbent Arena, Kentucky Venues will invite applicants to explore over a dozen roles needed for the Kentucky State Fair. Applicants will be offered on-the-spot interviews and positions. Interviews will take place from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. Applicants can also visit the state fair website at and apply by August 3. Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.   “We work year-round to make sure every aspect of the Kentucky State Fair is the best it can be,” said David S. Beck, President & CEO of Kentucky Venues, which produces the fair. “It’s no secret that our success relies heavily on our team, which is why we take time to find the right people to enhance the guest experience and enjoyment of the fair.”  The fair will hire temporary positions in multiple areas, including Access Control/Gates, Guest Services, Operations, and Traffic Control. Positions range in pay from $12.05 to $13.50 per hour with opportunity for overtime pay. No experience is necessary, but applicants must be at least 18 years old, able to stand for long periods inside or outside, and able to work around crowds.  Interested applicants should enter the Kentucky Exposition Center through Gate 4 and park in Lot J. There will be signs outside Broadbent Arena directing applicants. Applicants need two forms of identification: one with a photo and a social security card. They should also bring their bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit or a voided check.  […]

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Special Days Return to the Kentucky State Fair

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 27, 2023) – Back by popular demand, the Kentucky State Fair is offering special ticketed days. The fair runs August 17-27, 2023, and will offer fairgoers discounts on multiple days. Some discounts will pertain to specific individuals, while one day will offer every fairgoer a chance to attend the fair for a discounted rate.  Special promotional days are as follows:  Thursday, August 17: County Fairs Day  Come one, come all 120 Kentucky counties. We will highlight winners from county pageants and competitions and have special activities planned throughout the day. Sunday, August 20: Military Sunday  Active military and veterans, as well as their families, can attend the fair for free. Military ID is required. There is a limit of four free tickets, and parking is not included. Wristbands for Thrill Ville will be discounted 20% and available on-site. There is a limit of 6 wristbands per valid military ID.  Monday, August 21: $5 Monday  Those looking for a big bargain won’t want to miss this day. The $5 admission is per person and includes parking.  Tuesday, August 22: Senior Day  Senior Day allows anyone 55 and older to enter the fair for free. Parking is not included. Special activities will be planned throughout the day.  Wednesday, August 23: Sensory Awareness Day  In partnership with Kissel Entertainment, FEAT of Louisville, Home of the Innocents, and Kentucky Autism Training Center, free admission and Thrill Ville tickets will be given to fairgoers with sensory processing differences. From 10 a.m. until noon, Thrill Ville will operate with minimal lights and music to create an enjoyable fair experience for those with sensory sensitivities. Limited tickets are available. To receive tickets, email or   “We’re thrilled to bring back promotional days to the Kentucky State Fair, as one of the primary goals of the fair is to provide something for everyone to enjoy. We appreciate all of our community partners who make these days possible,” said David S. Beck, President & CEO of Kentucky Venues. “Our team recognizes that Kentuckians come from all walks of life, and with these special-ticketed days, more of our neighbors can experience Summer Summed Up.”  Admission to the Kentucky State Fair is on sale now for early bird pricing at $9 per ticket, which includes parking. Tickets are available at, participating Kroger stores, and the Kentucky Exposition Center box office.    […]

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Texas Roadhouse Concert Series 2023 Lineup is Set

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 31, 2023) – The Kentucky State Fair Texas Roadhouse Concert Series lineup is set. Joining the lineup are The Oak Ridge Boys with special guest T.G. Sheppard, Vince Neil the Legendary Voice with special guest Autograph, and Warren Zeiders with special guest JD Shelburne.   With 24 different artists, the fair is sure to have something for everyone on the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series stage. Among the artists are four from Kentucky: Alex Miller, Eddie Montgomery or Montgomery Gentry, JD Shelburne, and The Kentucky Headhunters. We also welcome back The Oak Ridge Boys, who have performed at the Kentucky State Fair for nearly five decades.  The full lineup is as follows:  Thursday, August 17: Chris Janson with special guest Alex Miller  Friday, August 18: Morris Day and the Time with special guest Tag Team  Saturday, August 19: Foghat with special guest The Kentucky Headhunters  Sunday, August 20: The Oak Ridge Boys with special guest T.G. Sheppard  Monday, August 21: Casting Crowns   Tuesday, August 22: Happy Together Tour featuring The Turtles, Little Anthony, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Vogues, The Classics IV, and The Cowsills  Wednesday, August 23: Larry Fleet with special guest Tyler Rich  Thursday, August 24: Vince Neil the Legendary Voice with special guest Autograph  Friday, August 25: Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry and Lonestar  Saturday, August 26: Warren Zeiders with special guest JD Shelburne   All concerts begin at 8pm with gates opening at 6:30pm. Performances are free with fair admission.  Tickets  Early Bird Tickets are on sale through, participating Kroger stores, or the Kentucky Exposition Center box office for $9. Early Bird Tickets include parking. Thrill Ville wristband vouchers are also available for purchase. Tickets for the inaugural BEERFEST and the 120th World’s Championship Horse Show will be released later this summer.  Hours of operation   ​​​Days​   ​​Outside​   ​​Inside ​   ​​Mondays – Thursdays​   ​​10am – 10pm​   ​​10am – 8pm​   ​​Fridays​   ​​10am – 11pm​   ​​10am – 9pm​   ​​Saturdays​   ​​10am – 11pm​   ​​10am – 9pm​   ​​1st Sunday, August 20   ​​10am – 11pm​   ​​10am – 8pm​   ​​2nd Sunday, August 27​   ​​10am – 10pm​   ​​10am – 6pm​     Admission ends one hour before the outdoor closing time each day. Hours of operation are subject to weather conditions. Midway ride wristband sales end one hour before closing time. Ride ticket sales end 30 minutes before closing time each day.   Minor Attendance Policy – Fairgoers under 18 years old entering after 6 p.m. must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian 21 years of age or older. Proof of age is required. IDs will be verified at the gate. The full policy is available at: […]

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