What’s New at the 2017 Kentucky State Fair


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:
    – Alligator
    – 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


The 2017 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 17-27 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit www.kystatefair.org or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or its blog.


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