The Kentucky State Fair, a summer showcase of the Bluegrass State since 1902, opened Thursday in Louisville and continues through Aug. 26. Here's a rundown of things to do at the fair.
When: Through Aug. 26
Where: Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Ln., Louisville
Tickets: $10 adults, $6 children and seniors, free for ages 2 and younger; $8 parking
Learn more: (502) 367-5001, (502) 367-5002, Kystatefair.org.
Girl Scouts Weekend, Aug. 18-19. Girl Scout troops may pre-purchase gate admission for $2 each. Call (502) 367-5208.
Military Monday, Aug. 20. Active duty and veterans' families get half-price admission with military ID.
Humana Senior's Discount Day, Aug. 21. Seniors 55 and older admitted for $1.
Early bird special, Aug. 22. Arrive by noon and pay $6 admission per person.
Rides supplied by North American Midway Entertainment.
Hours: Opens at noon Aug. 16-20, 24-26; 2 p.m. Aug. 21-23.
Tickets: $25 for 22.
Wristband days: Offers unlimited access. $15 Aug. 17, 19, 20, 24, 26; $24 Aug. 21, 22, 23. Military Day, Aug. 20: $12 with military ID.
Tickets available through Ticketmaster, 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster.com; prices do not include fair admission.
Aug. 16: Hank Williams Jr., George Thorogood and the Destroyers. 8 p.m. Freedom Hall. $39, $49.
Aug. 16: Cinderella, Sebastian Bach. 8 p.m. Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Free.
Aug. 17: Journey, Pat Benatar, Loverboy. 8 p.m. Freedom Hall. $42, $52.
Aug. 17: Keith Sweat, Robbie Bartlett. 8 p.m. Cardinal Stadium. Free.
Aug. 18: Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town, Eli Young Band, Edens Edge. 7:30 p.m. Freedom Hall. $49, $60.
Aug. 18: Hot Chelle Rae, Neon Hitch. 8 p.m. Cardinal Stadium. Free.
Aug. 19: The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune. 8 p.m. Cardinal Stadium. Free.
Aug. 20: Newsboys, Sanctus Real. 8 p.m. Cardinal Stadium. Free.
Aug. 21: Ronnie Milsap, B.J. Thomas. 8 p.m. Cardinal Stadium. Free.
Aug. 22: Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line. 8 p.m. Cardinal Stadium. Free.
Aug. 23: The Turtles, The Grass Roots, Gary Puckett, The Buckinghams, Micky Dolenz. 8 p.m. Cardinal Stadium. Free.
Aug. 24: Young the Giant, We Barbarians. 8 p.m. Cardinal Stadium. Free.
Aug 25: Justin Moore, Colt Ford. 8 p.m. Cardinal Stadium. Free.
Aug. 26: The Band Perry, Needtobreathe. 7:30 p.m. Freedom Hall. $35, 45.
World's Championship Horse Show. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19-24, 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Free performances 9 a.m. Aug. 20-25. Freedom Hall.
Miniature Horse Show. Aug. 23-25. Broadbent Arena.
Draft horse pull. 2 p.m. Aug. 26.
Coca-Cola Talent Classic. Teen talent contest. Semifinals, Aug. 18-19. Finals, 7 p.m. Aug. 25 in South Wing B, Room 104.
Ugly Lamp Contest. Judging at 3 p.m. Aug. 18. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Blue Ribbon Stage.
Kentucky State Fair Cheer and Dance Championship. Aug. 25.
Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation's Annual Gospel Quartet Contest. 9:15 a.m. Aug. 23. South Wing C Family Stage.
Dairy Cattle Parade of Champions. 4 p.m. Aug. 19. West Wing Show Ring.
Largest Pumpkin Contest. Weigh-in at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17 on West Hall porch.
Something to Crow About rooster crowing contest. Semifinals 2 p.m. Aug. 17-18, 10 a.m. Aug. 19. Finals 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Pavilion.
4-H and FFA Sale of Champions. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Newmarket Hall.
These attractions happen daily throughout the fair.
North Wing: balloon sculptors, equine exhibit, performing arts showcase, stable tours.
South Wing A: Cooking contests, Gourmet Garden Cast-Iron Chef Competition, Trial by Jury mock court case, competitive entries in food, animals and art (also in South Wing B, East Hall, West Wing and West Hall).
South Wing B: Kids activities; Brave Hunters of Kentucky! Kentuckians in the War of 1812 and Kentucky Civil War Song: From Reveille to Tattoo patriotic musicals; Discovery Farm petting zoo; Fairbear and Fairabear; health screenings; In the Garden with Cindi Sullivan demonstrations; Pride of the Counties displays; baby care station; Safety Town; Main Street Kentucky exhibits; United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Kentucky and the Civil War +150 and War Hawks and Valiant Volunteers: Kentuckians in the War of 1812 exhibits.
South Wing C: commercial vendors, Handsome Little Devils vaudeville and sideshow acts, seniors activities, Zuma Zuma Acrobats.
South Wing parking lot: BMX Pros Trick Team, Jump! The Ultimate Dog Challenge dog show, military exhibit.
West Wing: Miller's Border Collies dog show (no shows Aug. 20, 26).
West Hall: Cloverville 4-H and FFA exhibits.
West Courtyard: Nerveless Nocks All-American Stunt and Thrill Show.
Roving acts: Mama Lou: American Strong Woman, Roberto the Magnificent.