August 21, 2012

2012 Kentucky State Fair: What to expect

By Courtnee Gray–

Louisville has been the official home of the Kentucky State Fair since 1907, and it is no wonder since the city is equally diverse as the many counties that come together to cultivate the highly anticipated fair. Whether you come for the coasters, contests or concerts there is something special for each individual who enters the gates.

With over 53 food vendors and tents you will not go hungry. The smorgasbord begins with the classic corndog and lemon shakeups and ends with trying all the strange fair delicacies, such as the deep fried Girl Scout cookies and the Krispy Kreme doughnut burgers.

Once you’ve had your fill of the foods, you can mosey over to one of the many attractions and shows including the Handsome Little Devils circus show, the largest pumpkin contest, the famous balloon sculptures or animal exhibits, educational booths and collectables.

The University will also be contributing its services in some of the exhibits. The University Hospital will be teaming up with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center to provide services at the Health Horizons section. This section will include free Mammogram screenings for women over 40, oral cancer screenings provided by the staff and students at the UofL School of Dentistry, along with many other beneficial, free health service programs.

After you hit all the exhibits and ride all the coasters at Thrillway, from discounted tickets with your Kroger Plus cards, it’s time to go see the free concerts that start at 8p.m. (gates open at 6:30 p.m.). The bands include Cinderella, Hot Chelle Rae, The Oak Ridge Boys, Justin Moore, Young The Giant and many other fantastic, free shows.

We can’t leave out the Main Stage stars including Hank Williams Jr., Journey, Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry. You can purchase tickets of these shows at the fair or the KFC YUM! Center, tickets for each show range from $35-$60.

Kentucky, and more specifically Louisville, has a way of bringing together divergent thinkers to create 10 days of Kentucky culture and fair fun. This brings to life the roots that we sometimes forget about and state pride that sometimes is lost in the chaos of our day to day lives. The Kentucky State Fair is a time for us as a state to celebrate our talents, bask in our uniqueness and not to mention get some delicious funnel cake. For more information about the Kentucky State Fair visit the website:

Also, keep a look out for a Young The Giant review and a Kentucky State Fair Recap in the next issue.

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Photo: Eric Voet/The Louisville Cardinal

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