Bring on the competition, judging begins at the Ky. State Fair


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 13 at 6:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Thousands of people brought their own creations to the Kentucky State Fair in hopes of taking home a ribbon.

“Every year my family says you should enter your peanut brittle in the state fair, and this year I said ‘What the heck’, I’ll do it,” said Julie Beam. She is bringing her peanut brittle to the culinary competition.

Before the fair opens to the public, judges go over the competitive entries.

The entries go way beyond the sweets; stacks of crochets and quilts. Judge Linda Holman says the judges of their work cut out for them.

“It really gets down to the nitty gritty of knitting. You have to look beyond personal taste,” said Holman.

“We have experts that are judging all of these categories,” said Kentucky State Fair Board’s Amanda Storment.

The livestock arrive next week and swine flu has some fair goers concerned. The Kentucky State Fair Board says they are taking several precautions, starting with the pigs.

“If the state vet suspects any pig has the swine flu, it will be put into a holding pen,” said Storment.

The Board is also encouraging the public to their part.

“We are telling people to wash their hands as they enter the livestock area, and especially when they leave,” said Storment.

It’s all part of the multitude of preparations that make this time of year so unique.

The fair opens to the public on Thursday August 16 and runs until August 26.