Kentucky State Fair begins Thursday

By PHYLICIA ASHLEY | Derby City Weekend

Getting ready for thousands of people to visit the Kentucky State Fair is a ride of its own. Sharon Spencer is part of the madness of the preparation.

“We’ve got a lot of boots on the ground, and everything from amusement rides over to livestock shows,” Spencer said.

Kentucky State Fair
The Kentucky State Fair runs from Aug. 19-29.

Spencer and her team started setting up Wednesday. Her spot is in the heart of “AG Land” inside the fair.

“Oh, I grew up coming to the fair when I was a kid,” Spencer said. “I showed in 4H. I brought all my exhibits and everything to the state fair.”

Now she’s representing that passion at the fair with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Judging has started. But Ian Cox, spokesperson for the Kentucky State Fair, said it’s just the beginning for the 335 vendors, 60 food vendors and more than 13,000 entries getting dropped off, with hopes of leaving with a blue ribbon.

“We have over 12 programmed areas, eight unique events coming from an illusionist, juggling, real 400-pound brown bears,” Cox said.

Cox said the fair will feel a lot like 2019, with more than 300 acres of outdoor activity space and 45 bands. The only change from two years ago will be that masks will be required indoors, and the perk of advanced tickets.

“Normally you say it’s the calm before the storm,” Cox said. “But it’s the storm before the storm.”

The Kentucky State Fair runs from Thursday through Aug. 29.

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