Throwback Thursday: Did you know these historical facts?

Since 1902 the Kentucky State Fair has attracted the best, and sometimes the strangest, of the Bluegrass State in a celebration of what makes Kentucky great. Think you know everything about the Kentucky State Fair? Tell us if you remember these little-known facts.

  • The first Fair featured the head-on collision of two freight trains.
  • For many years the Fair featured ostrich races. In 1953 Governor Lawrence Wetherby raced to victory aboard an ostrich named Calamity.
  • In 1954 Adolph Rupp coached the home team in the Kentucky-Indiana All Star Basketball game.
  • The Fair moved to its current location in 1956 and hosted a professional football game, the first in Louisville in 20 years, between the Baltimore Colts and the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Beekeeper Philip Horn wowed the crowds in the Bee & Honey Department by attracting a swarm of bees to his face to form a “bee beard” in 1976. For more information about the Kentucky State Fair, click here.
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