Thrill Ville, new app, Flying Wallendas, total eclipse experience, kangaroos, WWI exhibit and more.
The 11-day celebration stays true to its 113-year heritage, while each year offering fairgoers exciting new experiences, food, music, animals, exhibits, entertainment and more.
- New Kentucky State Fair App
Fairgoers can make the most of their experience with the Fair’s new app, free on Google Play and the App Store:
– Tickets: save money by purchasing advance parking and admission
– Tastes of the Fair: find those once-a-year food favorites
– What’s Hot: see what’s “trending” at the Fair
– My Schedule: create daily schedules of “must-see” music and entertainment
– News: get weather, parking and news updates
– Now and Next: see what’s going on now, and later
– Main Stage: order tickets for I Love the 90s Tour, Alabama and Southern Uprising Tour
– Fun Photo Filters: use filters to create unique Fair photos
– Find Your Fun: check out which entertainers are on stage and what animals are in the stalls
- Thrill Ville: New Name, Better Location
The Midway has a new name – Thrill Ville – and a new location closer to the heart of the Fair.
– Easier access to rides, especially with free parking across from Gate 1 on weekends
– Closer to air-conditioned indoor space to cool off
– Quicker access to food and entertainment tents, and indoor exhibit areas
- New Food at the Fair
All the old favorites will be at the Fair – corn dogs, ice cream, donut burgers, fudge, fried fish and more. But get ready to bite into some of the new arrivals this year:
– Fried mac ‘n cheese balls
– Farm-to-table burgers
– Frog legs
– Tator tots with toppings
- FAIRenheit 17: Mini Music Festival
Feel the Louisville love and celebrate all things local at the first annual FAIRenheit festival Thursday, Aug. 24 from 6 to 11 p.m.
– Local food trucks: Fresh out of the Box, Smoking Cantina and Celtic Pig
– Local craft breweries, distilleries and wineries: Copper & Kings and more
– Local bands: Ben Sollee with special guests Tony and the Tan Lines and 64West
– Local aerialists and fire artists
– Local artisans
- New Acts, Animals and Awards
From wallabies to Wallendas and mascots to the moon, check out new acts, events, competitions and more.
– Flying Wallendas perform the high-wire daredevil acts that’ve made them famous
– Aussie Kingdom introduces fairgoers to their native kangaroos, wallabies, reptiles and birds
– Total Eclipse Experience, Aug. 21, invites everyone to experience the biggest eclipse in American history
– Kentucky Remembers with a walk-through WWI barrack and educational displays
– Hip Hop Juggler from Harlem awes audiences with hip-hop music and juggling
– Cooks vs. Cons competition keeps audiences guessing – who’s the cook and who’s the con artist
– Blue Ribbon Stage features interactive, educational shows from the Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Science Center, Kentucky Derby Museum, League of Mascots and more
– Kentucky Living presents its Best in Kentucky awards Aug. 24 at 10 a.m.
– Owsley Brown II Portable Planetarium brings stars and the galaxy to life