Calling All Fairgoers: Last Weekend to Attend the Kentucky State Fair
The 11 best days of summer are drawing to an end – and August 26-28 is the last weekend to attend the Kentucky State Fair. Free concerts, daily shows, entertainment and more are all part of the fun.
Texas Roadhouse Concert Series: FREE with Paid Admission to the Fair
Friday, Aug. 26 – Sunday, Aug. 28
Concerts are held in Parking Lot L with first-come first-serve seating. Gates open one and a half hours before the show. Artist bios are available at kystatefair.org.
- 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
- August 28 at 4 p.m. – Lee Greenwood with special guest Darryl Worley
Exhibits and Shows
Fairgoers can enjoy the competitive entries, educational and commercial exhibits, daily shows and entertainment throughout the weekend. Daily schedules are available online at kystatefair.org.
Pigs, Sheep, Cows and Horses
Through Sunday, Aug. 29
Animals and competitive draft horse pulls are longstanding crowd favorites.
Aug. 23-28 Sheep West Hall
Aug. 23-28 Swine West Hall
Aug. 24-28 Beef Cattle Broadbent Arena
Aug. 28, begins 2 p.m. Draft Horse Pull Broadbent Arena
World’s Championship Horse Show
Friday, Aug. 26 – Saturday, Aug. 27 in Freedom Hall
Tickets to the richest and most prestigious Saddlebred show in the world are $11 on both Friday, Aug. 26 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Held in conjunction with the Kentucky State Fair, the event draws around 2,000 horses that compete for grand champion titles and more than $1.3 million in awards. Tickets are available at the Freedom Hall Ticket Office and online at Ticketmaster. Tickets DO NOT include Kentucky State Fair gate admission and parking, which can be purchased at the gate or online at kystatefair.org.
Kentucky State Fair Talent Classic Finals
Saturday, Aug. 27, 7 p.m. in South Wing B Rooms 102-104
The Kentucky State Fair Talent Classic Finals feature talented performers age 13-21 competing in the categories of: vocal, instrumental solo or group, dance solo and ensemble, acrobatic or gymnastic solo or group and variety acts.
Gates open at 10 a.m. every day.
Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 exhibits open at 10 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 28, exhibits open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.
New this year: admission to the Fair ends one hour before the outdoor closing time each day. View our policies at https://kystatefair.org/about/policies.
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. 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. View our policies at https://kystatefair.org/about/policies.
Kentucky Exposition Center
Fair admission is $10 for all attendees.*
*Children 5 and under are free.
Parking is $10 per vehicle and $20 per bus.
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