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The Kentucky State Fair is Just Around the Corner

Kentucky State FairIt might be hard to believe with the relatively cooler weather that Louisville has been enjoying, but the Kentucky State Fair is upon us.

The 2014 Kentucky State Fair runs from August 14 through August 24.    Gates open at 7 a.m. with exhibits opening at 9 a.m.  The midway and tents will close at midnight while exhibit halls close at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  Admission at the gate is $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors (55+) with several special discount days including half price admission for active duty and veteran military members and their family on Military Monday (August 18), and $1 admission for patrons 55 years of age and older on Humana Seniors’ Discount Day (August 19).

Popular events include concerts (see schedule below) with performers including Billy Currington, Styx, Foreigner, Joan Jett, and locals Plain White T’s.  There are also Civil War and War of 1812 exhibits and an exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the US Congress’s recognition of Kentucky’s favorite spirit, Bourbon, as a distinctive product of the United States.  See the full daily schedule here.

While at the fair, visitors can use the Kentucky State Fair mobile site for easier navigation of fair information.

Parking is available at the Kentucky Exposition Center, with room for 19,000 vehicles, at a cost of $8 per vehicle.  Access Fair gates 1-6 from Phillips Lane, Crittenden Drive and Preston Highway.  Free off-site parking is also available both weekends of the fair starting at 4:00 p.m. in lots B, C and D of the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium green lot off of Floyd Street.  A free shuttle is available with purchase of gate admission or presentation of advance tickets.

Given the large number of Fair visitors from around the state and beyond combined with local construction projects, be sure to keep an eye on the Louisville Dispatch Traffic page for live traffic conditions and drive times.

The Kentucky State Fair begins tomorrow; visit Louisville Dispatch and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for highlights from the 2014 State Fair.


Thursday, August 14
Lady Antebellum with special guest Billy Currington
Freedom Hall, 8 p.m. – $45, $55

Friday, August 15
Styx and Foreigner
Freedom Hall, 8 p.m. – $40, $50

Saturday, August 16
Alabama with special guest Sunny Sweeney
Freedom Hall, 8 p.m. – $45, $50


8/14 – Plain White T’s with special guest A Lion Named Roar
8/15 – Morris Day & the Time with special guest Unlimited
8/16 – America with special guest Caribou
8/17 – Oak Ridge Boys with special guest Marty Brown
8/18 – Newsboys with special guest Matthew West
8/19 – Kenny Rogers with special guest Belles and Whistles
8/20 Easton Corbin with special guest Olivia Henken
8/21 Happy Together Tour
8/22 Scotty McCreery with special guest Kelsey K
8/23 Joan Jett with special guest Devour the Day
8/24 – MercyMe

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