107th Annual Kentucky State Fair underway

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by Christine Wright

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 2:31 PM

(WHAS11)  The Kentucky State Fair is officially underway.  The rides, exhibits and food vendors opened up Thursday morning for the 107th Annual Kentucky State Fair.  It’s a tradition that’s great for our local economy and there’s a lot to offer this year, from new food to new rides. 

The Annual Commodities Breakfast marked the start of the Kentucky State Fair; with Governor Steve Beshear, and David Williams the Republican candidate for governor, it was a mix of politics, food, economy and a celebration of everything local.

“You always look forward to the first day at the fair and it’s always exciting.  The Commodities Breakfast is a tremendous kick-off,” said Harold Workman, Kentucky State Fair Board President.

Groups like the Kentucky Corn Growers Association, the Pork Producers and the Cattleman’s Associations are some of the proud organizations to showcase the best the Bluegrass State has to offer.  “There are about 38,000 beef cattle farmers in the state of Kentucky.  We’re number one, east of the Mississippi River, so beef is a big thing in Kentucky,” said Sara Collins, Ky. Beef Council.

Tens of thousands of people will flock to the state fair for the 11-day event for the 53 rides at the Thrillway, the animals competing for a blue ribbon and the thousands of products available at different vendors, some even made with locally grown and raised products and the new food, like the Buffalo Wing and Krispy Kreme Donut Sandwich.

Gates opened at 7 a.m., the exhibits opened at 9 a.m. and the Thrillway opened at 2 p.m.  Parking is $8 per vehicle.

Lady Antebellum with Lee Brice is the paid concert Thursday night at 8 p.m. at Freedom Hall, and Ted Nugent is the free concert at 8 p.m. at Cardinal Stadium.
 

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