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What’s New At The 2017 Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Fair runs Aug. 17-27 at the Kentucky Exposition Center and is the largest summertime attraction in the Commonwealth.

The 11-day celebration stays true to its 113-year heritage, while each year offering fairgoers exciting new experiences, food, music, animals, exhibits, entertainment and more.

  • New Kentucky State Fair App Fairgoers can make the most of their experience with the Fair’s new app, free on Google Play and the App Store:
    • Tickets: save money by purchasing advance parking and admission
    • Tastes of the Fair: find those once-a-year food favorites
    • What’s Hot: see what’s “trending” at the Fair
    • My Schedule: create daily schedules of “must-see” music and entertainment
    • News: get weather, parking and news updates
    • Now and Next: see what’s going on now, and later
    • Main Stage: order tickets for I Love the 90s Tour, Alabama and Southern Uprising Tour
    • Fun Photo Filters: use filters to create unique Fair photos
    • Find Your Fun: check out which entertainers are on stage and what animals are in the stalls
  • Thrill Ville New Name, Better Location The Midway has a new name – Thrill Ville – and a new location closer to the heart of the Fair.
    • Easier access to rides, especially with free parking across from Gate 1 on weekends
    • Closer to air-conditioned indoor space to cool off
    • Quicker access to food and entertainment tents, and indoor exhibit areas
  • New Food at the Fair  All the old favorites will be at the Fair – corn dogs, ice cream, donut burgers, fudge, fried fish and more. But get ready to bite into some of the new arrivals this year:
    • Alligator
    • Fried mac ‘n cheese balls
    • Farm-to-table burgers
    • Frog legs
    • Tator tots with toppings
  • FAIRenheit 17 Mini Music Festival  Feel the Louisville love and celebrate all things local at the first annual FAIRenheit festival Thursday, Aug. 24 from 6 to 11 p.m.
    • Local food trucks: Fresh out of the Box, Smoking Cantina and Celtic Pig
    • Local craft breweries, distilleries and wineries: Copper & Kings and more
    • Local bands: Ben Sollee with special guests Tony and the Tan Lines and 64West
    • Local aerialists and fire artists
    • Local artisans
  • New Acts, Animals and Awards From wallabies to Wallendas and mascots to the moon, check out new acts, events, competitions and more.
    • Flying Wallendas perform the high-wire daredevil acts that’ve made them famous
    • Aussie Kingdom introduces fairgoers to their native kangaroos, wallabies, reptiles and birds
    • Total Eclipse Experience, Aug. 21, invites everyone to experience the biggest eclipse in American history
    • Kentucky Remembers with a walk-through WWI barrack and educational displays
    • Hip Hop Juggler from Harlem awes audiences with hip-hop music and juggling
    • Cooks vs. Cons competition keeps audiences guessing – who’s the cook and who’s the con artist
    • Blue Ribbon Stage features interactive, educational shows from the Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Derby Museum, League of Mascots and more
    • Kentucky Living presents its Best in Kentucky awards Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.
    • Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium brings stars and the galaxy to life

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

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