LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 16, 2017) — Opening day festivities kick off the 113th Kentucky State Fair Thursday, Aug. 17, launching the 11-day celebration of the commonwealth’s history, heritage and culture.
The State Fair features exhibits, livestock, food, rides, entertainment and concerts, as well as the World’s Championship Horse Show, held during the Fair in Freedom Hall.
“The Bevin family invites all Kentuckians to join us this year at the Kentucky State Fair,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “From amazing concerts to unique foods and community showcases, there’s so much to do every member of your family will find something to enjoy. Load up your cars, trucks, vans and buses and come see the best of what Kentucky has to offer. We look forward to seeing you there.”
Opening Day begins with the Kentucky Commodity Group Appreciation Breakfast, hosted by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and attended by many of the Commonwealth’s best homegrown food producers, including Kentucky Aquaculture Association, Kentucky Country Ham Producers Association, Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association, American Dairy Association of Kentucky, Kentucky Pork Producers Association, Kentucky Corn Growers Association, and Kentucky Goat Producers.
The Churchill Downs bugler and the 100th Army Marching Band from Fort Knox lead fairgoers to the official ribbon cutting on the Family Stage in South Wing C Lobby at 5:30 p.m.
Governor Matt Bevin, Mayor Greg Fischer, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles and Kentucky State Fair Board dignitaries will be on hand.