When: Thursday, August 17 to Sunday August 27, 2017. Gates open at 7 a.m. and exhibits open at 9 a.m.
midway and tents close around midnight. Exhibit halls close at 10 p.m.
Directions to Fairgrounds: Located minutes from Louisville International Airport between I-65 and I-264 (937 Phillips Lane) in Louisville. Follow signs reading "Fair/Expo Center" on both interstates leading to the main gate.
This year, watch for the 109th annual Kentucky State Fair to kick off on Thursday, August 17 and continue until Sunday, August 27, 2017 ... celebrating everything Kentucky!
First organized in 1816, the fair didn't become an official one until 1902 and, after traveling from city to city for several years, settled in Louisville where today the fair has found a permanent home at the mammoth 520-acre Kentucky Exposition Center.
As in past years, the fair's huge popularity is expected to draw some 600,000 visitors during its traditional two-week run in August.
The Kentucky State Fair features spectacular roller coaster rides and other amusement park attractions, along with lots of fried foods and regional specialties.
Yes, in case you forgot - Kentucky is also the official home of Laughing Cow cheese!
While Kentucky is most famous for fried chicken, Kentucky bourbon, bluegrass music, and baseball bats, also don't miss the opportunity to take in the fair's major attraction - the World Championship Horse Show - where 2,000 elite saddlebreds from across the state and around the world compete for millions of dollars in prizes.
2017 Kentucky State Fair concert lineup
Music entertainment is another major draw high on the list of attractions at the Kentucky State Fair, with concerts given by major country stars in the past including Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Taylor Swift.
Alabama headlines on the main stage
at the Kentucky State Fair in 2017.
Main Stage concerts usually begin at 7-8PM. with ticket prices ranging from $40-$55. The 2017 lineup has shaped up to include the following, with more announcements on the way:
Thursday, August 17, 7 p.m. - I LOVE THE 90s TOUR featuring Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Color Me Badd, Coolio, Tone Loc and Young MC
Friday, August 18, 7 p.m. - ALABAMA with special guest Tucker Beathard
Sunday, August 27, 6 p.m. - SOUTHERN UPRISING TOUR featuring Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band and Lee Roy Parnell
In addition to main stage concerts, Turf Concerts are scheduled every night at Cardinal Stadium with seating on the field, which is first-come first-served and are free with paid admission.
Tickets are traditionally available at the Kentucky Exposition Center Ticket Office, KFC YUM! Center Ticket Office, Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) Ticket Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.
More about the Kentucky State Fair around the
Kentucky State Fair -
The official site with the complete lineup of events and daily schedule, contest entry, ticket prices and parking, directions and maps, photos.
Kentucky State Fair - Wikipedia - Check out a good overview of the fair's history, as well as present day attractions with photos, related references and resources..