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If you have a four-legged friend in your life – whether it’s a dog, goat, horse, cow, or anything in between, the Kentucky State Fair has something that every animal lover will enjoy.
Where can you find over 2,000 of the world’s finest American Saddlebreds, Hackneys and Road Horses? The World’s Championship Horse Show boasts over $1 million in prize money and takes place from August 19 to the 26. Competitors from all over North America converge in Freedom Hall. Morning sessions are free to in the upper level of Freedom Hall. Evening sessions require tickets which can be purchases on Ticketmaster or at the Kentucky Exposition Center ticket office.
Miller’s Border Collies have been a staple at the fair for decades. Based in Bloomfield, Kentucky, the Millers have made training Border Collies a 50+ year tradition. During the fair, you see their training come to life as they herd ducks much like they’d herd sheep on the farm. They are a crowd favorite, so get to the West Wing early to see these talented dogs in action!
Dairy Cattle live in the West Wing August 17 through 20 and many breeds are represented. Take a gander at the Milking Parlor where more than 50,000 gallons of milk are produced during the five-day dairy show. Don’t forget to check out the serious competition going down in Broadbent Arena on August 19th and 20th to see which cows take home the banners for Supreme Champion Dairy Cow and Heifer!
Other four-legged (and two-legged) friends can be found in the Pavilion. Under one roof you’ll find an array of creatures from dairy goats, sheep, swine, to rabbits and fancy pigeons. Their owners and handlers work year round to prepare for the state competitions. Get a ring side seat and watch them go for blue ribbons!
Head over to South Wing B to visit Discovery Farm! The exhibit brings the farm to the city and shows what it’s like to care for horses, sheep, pigs and other farm animals. Get up close and personal with a sow and her litter of piglets, ducklings on a water slide, lounging cattle, llamas, poultry and more. Learning stations have educational material for all ages to enjoy.