COVID-19 Plan

As an annual outdoor attraction, the Kentucky State Fair Board is responding to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19. All options are being considered to create a safe environment for all those in attendance while keeping true to the Kentucky State Fair and World’s Championship Horse Show. This plan encompasses all expectations and emerging requirements.

This plan was updated on August 6 with changes that include making the show a participant-only show and closed to the general public.

Plan Highlights

PARTICIPANT-ONLY SHOW
The Kentucky State Fair will close to the general public, allowing a more feasible way to conduct contact tracing and also provide the greatest reduction in the spread of COVID-19.

WIDER AISLE WAYS
Aisle ways inside the facility will be widened and some identified as one-way aisles.

REDUCED OCCUPANCY
Certain areas will be closed and maximum occupancy of indoor spaces will be reduced by up to 82% to offer sufficient space for social distancing practices. 82% was calculated by using the anticipated number of entrants for Dairy Cattle by tracking 2020 registration compared to 2019.

INCREASED HYGIENE ACCESSIBILITY
Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations will be available throughout the property.

REDUCED HOURS OF OPERATION
Hours of operation will be reduced to ensure staff and vendors time to thoroughly clean and sanitize in preparation for the next day.

REQUIRED MASKS & GLOVES
Masks will be required to be worn by everyone.

INCREASED OUTDOOR AREAS
Outdoor areas will be reprogrammed to accommodate events that are normally inside the facility

COVID-19 Plan Document

View the most current plan here or read the information below for the same details.

August 6th Plan Updates

In addition to previous measures taken, all remaining 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 and Outdoor Food Vendors

Broadbent Arena

Number of people in the arena will be limited to meet lower-capacity numbers.

Only credentialed individuals will be allowed in Broadbent Arena.

Capacity will be limited to to 1,083 people on the floor based on 36 sq ft per person. Broadbent
Arena’s primary floor is 39,000 sq ft.

Crowd Control

The Kentucky State Fair will close to the general public and all elements of the Fair created for the general public will be canceled. This will allow us to enhance crowd management and perform contact tracing.

General/ Non-Livestock Entries

General/non-livestock entries, with the exclusion of watermelon and pumpkin contests, will be canceled for the 2020 Kentucky State Fair.

Livestock Entrants

Adhere to guidance from livestock associations.

Adhere to strictest guidelines provided by the Governor’s Office.

Barriers will be installed at the counter in the Livestock Office.

Each entrant will be given 2-4 tickets for family or chaperones to help with the animal. The number of tickets will be decided when a location is set and the number of entrants determined.

Entries for 2020 were down compared to 2019, allowing space for social distancing practices. Below are the number of entries for 2020:
– Beef Cattle 583 Entries
– Dairy Cattle 536 Entries
– Dairy Goats 83 Entries
– Sheep 656 Entries
– Swine 725 Entries
– Market Goats 402 Entries
– Youth Poultry 168 Entries
– Youth Poultry Showmanship 25 Entries
– Youth Rabbit 256 Entries
– Youth 4-H Rabbits 208 Entries

Everyone in the facility & in show rings will be required to wear masks in compliance with guidelines provided by the Governor’s Office – Executive Order 2020-586.

Only Junior Livestock Shows (4-H and FFA) with Kentucky youth entrants will be allowed.

Pedestrian aisles will be increased to 8’-10’ wide.

Shows will be live streamed.

Showtimes will be spaced out to clear up congestion in and around the make-up ring areas.

Restrooms

Increased cleaning and sanitizing will take place throughout the day.

Signage will be placed at each restroom notifying visitors of the reduced occupancy.

South Wing B

Will remain un-utilized or re-programmed as a location for livestock

South Wing C

Will remain dedicated to the field hospital. We have not accepted or seen any patients on-site.

Trams

A barrier will be placed separating the back of the seats from the aisle where the attendant is located.

Family units will be allowed to sit next to each other.

Markings will be placed on the benches for individual seat locations. An attendant will be in the middle of the tram and will direct seating locations.

Signage will be placed on each tram.

Two-seat gaps will be placed between family units.

West Hall

A show ring will be set up in the southern portion of the Pavilion and utilized for shows during the first half of the fair.

Anchored stalls used by cattle will be reduced by up to 82% based on entries.

Space will be increased for stalling each individual head of cattle.

The southern portion of West Wing will be set up with pens and 10’ aisles.

All standards for the Livestock Area will apply to this area as well.

World's Championship Horse Show

WORLD’S CHAMPIONSHIP HORSE SHOW
(includes North Wing, Barn Areas, East Hall, Make-up Ring and South Wing A)

A relocated riding arena will be set up in East Hall A and B.

All common areas in the Horse Show Office and Stall Office will be wiped down routinely, multiple times throughout the day. In addition, cleaning supplies will be placed in the office for staff use.

Adhere to guidance from USEF. Visit https://www.usef.org/forms-pubs/XhKGVYiiwTA/usef-covid-19-action-plan-for-operating to view the US Equestrian FederationCOVID-19 Action Plan.

Air walls will be opened from the North Wing to South Wing A.

Barriers will be installed at the counter of the Horse Show Office.

Breed and exhibitor meetings will be limited to one representative per farm and held in a space large enough to maintain social distancing practices.

Barns and stalls will be limited to two people per stall. Stalls will not be used for living quarters. Social engagements in the barns and stalls will be prohibited.

Check-in times will be spaced to prevent congestion.

Farriers and Veterinarians will be allowed in the show rings and barn areas.

Online entries and class changes will be offered throughout the duration of the event to reduce Horse Show Office visits.

Only one office staff member will be dedicated to taking credit cards.

Only riders/drivers, trainers and groomers will be allowed in the make-up area.

Queue lines will be set up with markers to give a visual representation of social distance requirements.

Saddlebred Café and vendors will be removed the from the North Wing.

Everyone in the facility & in show rings will be required to wear masks in compliance with guidelines provided by the Governor’s Office – Executive Order 2020-586.

The North Wing will be reconfigured for stalls only.

Refer to Freedom Hall Section for additional guidelines

Freedom Hall

Adhere to guidance from the USDEF and the Governor’s Office.

Continue to live stream the shows online in a pay-per-view format.

Freedom Hall will be closed each night to thoroughly clean and disinfect.

Large class sizes will potentially be limited to enhance social distancing practices.

No spectators will be allowed into Freedom Hall. Trainers and media will be allowed in the upper concourse of Freedom Hall.

Everyone in the facility & in show rings will be required to wear masks in compliance with guidelines provided by the Governor’s Office – Executive Order 2020-586.

Number of people along the show ring will be limited and required to wear masks.

Number of trainers in the areas around Freedom Hall, including the make-up ring and gate area, will be reduced.

Only riders/drivers, trainers and groomers will be allowed in the gate area.

Showtimes will be spaced out to clear up congestion in the make-up ring areas.

Facility Utilization Map

View the facility utilization map here here.