Kentucky State Fair fun runs in the family


by Chelsea Rabideau

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 13 at 6:33 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- One day before the gates open, people were buzzing around the fairgrounds in Louisville, setting up rides, bringing in animals and putting the finishing touches on the food and drink tents.

It's a tradition that runs in the family, raising and showing dairy cows.

"Me and my daughter and my son been down here for 40 years," Eugene Sanford, who owns Sanforddale Farms in Shelbyville, said.

Three generations of the family are here for the fair this year.

Two years ago, 78-year-old Eugene almost didn't make it.

"I had a heart attack two years ago, I died twice, they done CPR on me and I come to and I made it and the Lord was with me," he recalled, saying it changed his life.

For these families, it's as much about the work it takes to get here as it is about the show.

"Packing and clipping and washing and all the different kinds of stuff that goes into it," Logan Palmer, from Kirksey, Ky., who will show his 5-year-old Jersey cow, explained.

It's a last chance to have some summer fun before heading back to school.

"I usually go out to the midway and ride a couple rides out there. I indulge in the Ehrler’s Ice Cream quite a bit," Palmer said.

It's an experience the Sanford's wouldn't miss for the world.

"Not unless I die!" according to Eugene.