Kentucky State Fair 2023 Kick-Off
May 17, 2023 — There’s no place like the Kentucky State Fair where you can find “summer summed up.” The beloved annual event deeply rooted in the heart of Kentucky showcases the best of the Bluegrass. This year promises to be bigger, better, and more thrilling than ever, with the inaugural BEERFEST and major concerts that will elevate the Fair experience for all fairgoers.
From August 17-27, the Kentucky State Fair will offer many of its beloved attractions like AgLand, delicious fried food, and a wide array of entertainment options that cater to all fairgoers. David S. Beck, president and CEO of Kentucky Venues, which produces the Kentucky State Fair, shared the 2023 theme, “Summer Summed Up,” with the community at a celebration event Wednesday.
“The fair has been a staple of Kentucky’s cultural heritage for generations, and this year’s event is set to continue the tradition of creating unforgettable experiences for fairgoers,” said David S. Beck, President & CEO of Kentucky Venues. “This event brings together the vibrant spirit of our great state, and we remain committed to providing our guests with a diverse range of entertainment.
Organizers also announced BEERFEST, a new experience happening Saturday, August 19 in partnership with Louisville Ale Trail. This event will invite fairgoers to sample beer from up to 20 different craft breweries that call Kentucky home.
“The beer scene in Kentucky is something worth celebrating together,” said David Satterly, Co-Founder of the Louisville Ale Trail. “Our team is excited to partner with the State Fair and organize BEERFEST, which will give fairgoers a chance to experience some of the best Kentucky-made craft beers.”
Texas Roadhouse Concert Series
Along with new attractions, the Kentucky State Fair announced the return of the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series. The concerts are included with Fair admission, and this year will feature acts including Chris Janson with special guest Alex Miller on August 17, Morris Day and the Time with special guest Tag Team on August 18, and the Happy Together Tour on August 22. More acts joining the lineup will be announced next week.
“We are proud to partner with the Kentucky State Fair for the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series, and we love that we can give back to our community in a way that brings people together,” said the VP of Communications at Texas Roadhouse, Travis Doster. “Just like our menu items at Texas Roadhouse, the concerts will offer something for everyone with a variety of musical genres each night.”
Early bird admission tickets for the Kentucky State Fair, which include parking, are on sale now through August 4 for $9 online, at participating Kroger stores, and at the Kentucky Exposition Center box office. Tickets that include parking increase to $10 on August 5. Tickets purchased during the fair are $10 for admission and $10 for parking. Thrill Ville wristbands are available now through August 16 online, at participating Kroger stores, and at the Kentucky Exposition Center box office for $30. Thrill Ville wristbands increase to $35 August 17. BEERFEST will require an additional wristband purchase. More details about the fair will be announced closer to the event.
About the Kentucky State Fair
Hosted at the renowned Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, the Kentucky State Fair is a time-honored tradition that brings together communities from across the state to celebrate and showcase everything Kentucky has to offer. The 2022 Kentucky State Fair attracted 525,000 visitors across the state and neighboring states. With over 1.2 million square feet of meeting space and 300 acres of outdoor space, the State Fair hosts hundreds of vendors, food options, rides, competitions, and agriculture exhibitors. For more information, visit https://kystatefair.org/.
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