Kentucky State Fair 2017

The Kentucky State Fair, the official state fair of Kentucky has traditionally been held at the Kentucky Exposition Centre in Louisville. The 11 day event attracts more than 600,000 fairgoers every year. Kentucky State Fair hosts numerous competitions in crafts. The competitions at the fair cover almost all areas including quilt-making, homebrew beers, home-made pastries, as well as fine arts and agricultural competitions.

Kentucky State Fair History

The beginning of the fair can be traced back to 1816 when Fayette County farmer Colonel Lewis Sanders took initiative for this event. But the event attained the status of an official state fair in 1902 only. Until 1907, the fair was held in different cities around the country. It was in 1907 Louisville got established as the permanent home of the Kentucky State Fair. During World War II Churchill Downs hosted the fair. This year marks the 108th anniversary of the Kentucky State Fair.

Kentucky State Fair 2017 Event Details

When: This year the Kentucky State Fair is scheduled to run from Thursday, August 17 to Sunday August 27, 2017.

Where: Kentucky Exposition Centre, 937 Phillips Lane- Louisville

Major attractions at the Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky State Fair features,

  • Spectacular roller coaster rides
  • Fried foods and regional specialties
  • Concerts and other entertainments by main stars.

Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban, the Oak Ridge Boys, and Taylor Swift were the headliners in the past. Wait for the official announcement of the 2016 concert lineup, which is expected to happen in June.

  • The exhibitions at the Fair include health screenings, gravity-defying acrobats, magical illusionists, balloon sculptors and home improvement demonstrations drawing in people from all around the country.
  • The most prestigious event at the Kentucky State Fair is the World Championship Horse Show. More than 2,000 elite saddlebreds take part in this World’s Championship Horse Show.

Tickets for the fair are on sale at

  • The Kentucky Exposition Centre Ticket Office
  • KFC YUM!
  • Centre Ticket Office
  • Kentucky International Convention Centre (KICC) Ticket Office
  • All Ticketmaster outlets.