The Kentucky State Fair will kick off the 11-day 2015 season Thursday, August 20. Gates will open a 7 A.M. daily with exhibits opening at 9 A.M. Discounted admission (available until August 19 at Ticketmaster outlets or on the KY State Fair website) is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12 and seniors. Admission at the gate is $10 for adults and $6 for children and seniors.
Parking is $8 per car although discounted parking passes can be purchased in advance for $5. Free off-site parking is available on weekends at the Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and will include free tram service to the fairgrounds.
The Midway and tents will close around midnight daily and the exhibit hall will close at 9 P.M. during weekdays and 10 P.M. on weekends. Some areas may close earlier on the last day of the fair.
Running concurrently during the Kentucky State Fair, the World’s Championship Horse Show will take place in Freedom Hall, August 22-29. Free performances will be held at 9 A.M. August 24 – 29, daily. Seating will be in the upper level of the arena.
Thursday, August 20 – Carload Day Pay only $20 for an entire vehicle until 5 p.m. (includes parking)
Sunday, August 23 – Military Sunday All active duty and veteran military personnel and their families save 50% on admission with valid military ID.
Tuesday, August 25 – Senior Day Admission is only $1 for seniors 55 and over before 6 p.m. Parking not included.
Thursday, August 27 – Carload Day Pay only $20 for an entire vehicle until 5 p.m. (includes parking)
Thursday, August 20 – Meghan Trainor “MTrain Tour” with special guests Charlie Puth and Life of Dillon Freedom Hall, 7 p.m. – $50, $52.50
Friday, August 21 – Barrels and Boots Music Festival at the Kentucky State Fair presented by your local iHeartRadio station featuring Montgomery Gentry and John Michael Montgomery with RaeLynn, Eric Paslay, Kelsie May and Craig Campbell Freedom Hall, 5 p.m. – $37
Sunday, August 30 – Boyz II Men and Kool & The Gang Freedom Hall, 8 p.m. – $50, $55
Thursday, August 20 – Slaughter and Great White Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.
Friday, August 21 – Jagged Edge with special guest Dru Hill Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 22 – All That Remains Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 23 – Oak Ridge Boys with special guest Belles & Whistles Sponsored by Hillshire Farm Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.
Monday, August 24 – Casting Crowns with special guest I Am They Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, August 25 – Country Gold Tour featuring Leroy Van Dyke, Steve and Rudy Gatlin, Moe Bandy, Eddy Raven, Jimmy Fortune and Gene Watson Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26 – Easton Corbin with special guest Nathan Osmond Sponsored by Weaver Leather Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.
Thursday, August 27 – Happy Together Tour featuring The Turtles, The Association, The Cowsills, Mark Lindsay, The Buckinghams and The Grass Roots Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.
Friday, August 28 – Charlie Daniels with special guest Colt Ford Sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-America Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 29 – Joan Jett with special guest Devour the Day Cardinal Stadium, 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 30 – Family Force 5, Hawk Nelson, Matt Maher, For King and Country Cardinal Stadium, 4 p.m.