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Kentucky State Fair: Uniquely Kentucky. Uniquely Fun.

With its new logo and tagline — Uniquely Kentucky. Uniquely Fun. — the Kentucky State Fair is encouraging Kentuckians to enter this year’s competitions for best apple pie, best homebrew IPA beer, best hand-pieced quilt and more.

“The Kentucky State Fair celebrates the best of the Bluegrass State,” said President and CEO Jason Rittenberry. “That not only includes its rich history and culture, but also its people and their unique talents. I invite everyone to consider submitting an entry and sharing their accomplishments with the 600,000 fairgoers this August.”

Competitors can choose from 32 departments — including antiques, field seed, livestock, photography and textiles — which are divided into 7,000 total classes of competition. All ages are welcome to compete for cash prizes and the more than 5,000 blue ribbons to be awarded. In fact, records show competitors have range in age from 4 to 92 years.

The Kentucky State Fair draws entries from across the country, with 18 different states represented in 2016 alone. Other years have seen entrants from around the world competing for Bluegrass blue ribbons.    The 2017 Premium Book and entry form are available online at  A print version is also available; to request a copy, contact the entry department at or call (502) 367-5190.

Deadlines for Entries:

  • General – July 1
  • General (with late fee) – July 10
  • Open and 4-H/FFA Youth Livestock – July 10
  • Pigeon and Poultry – July 18
  • Rabbit – July 18
  • Open Livestock (with late fee) – July 25
  • Extra Late Open Livestock ( with late fee) – August 3

For more information, visit or contact the entry department at or (502) 367-5190.

The 2017 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 17-27 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or its blog.

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