Get your stomachs ready for the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 14-24, 2014

A corn dog from the 2013 state fair. I'm coming for you.
A corn dog from the 2013 state fair. I’m coming for you.

My love for the Kentucky State Fair is deep, and it is real. It is so real that my friends Samantha, Beth and I started planning our trip to the fairgrounds last month.

There is so much to see, do, and eat. The dogs herding ducks. Goats, pigs and cows giving mean side eye. A deep-fried Hot Brown? Why, I don’t mind if I do. All this activity requires proper planning.

The duck-herding dogs always steal the show.
The duck-herding dogs always steal the show.

The gates opened today, Aug. 14 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The fair runs through Aug. 24. Visit the fair’s website for information on parking, admission and everything you need to know about making your fair visit fun.

I’m not going for another week. In the meantime, I will start hoarding Mylanta for all the deep-fried deliciousness.


The Kentucky State Fair

Aug. 14-24, 2014

Kentucky Exposition Center

937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Kentucky

More info: kystatefair.org

30 things I love about the Kentucky State Fair

1. The rows of food vendors that surround the exhibition center

2. Balancing a corn dog, bottle of water and wallet while obtaining even mustard distribution on the corn dog

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3. The sounds of the midway as I approach the entrance

4. The samples of country ham in the West Hall

5. The sorghum samples on pieces of biscuits in the West Hall

6. The rabbits

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7. The display boards the Future Farmers of America (FFA) kids put together to present the work they’ve done all year

8. How inadequate I feel when I read that one of the FFA kids made $2,000 from farming their own tobacco

9. The desire to recruit FFA kids to my zombie apocalypse survival team

10. The clothes, art, jewelry and bug displays from members of 4H

11. The rows of quilts entered for competition

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12. The homemade miniature houses

13. Funnel cake

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14. Lazy cows

15. Miller’s Border Collies, the dogs that herd ducks through a little obstacle course

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16. Feeling inspired to teach my dog, Roscoe, a new trick after seeing Miller’s Border Collies

17. Piglets having lunch

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18. Catching the weighing of a 1,034-pound pumpkin

19. The commercial exhibit hall in South Wing C where they sell everything from bras to modular homes

20. The booths in South Wing C that sell packets of seasonings and provide dips and pretzel sticks for sampling

21. Seeing a baby chick hatch, look confused, then hang out with its brothers and sisters in the West Hall

22. Getting to the baking contest entries before they start to get moldy

23. The cakes that don’t even look like cakes

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24. Crazy-looking birds

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25. The Pride of the Counties booths that showcase attractions throughout the counties of Kentucky

26. The sweet smell of roasted nuts that floats throughout the exhibition halls

27. Discovering a new treat, like pineapple whip

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28. Not discovering a new treat, like the Krispy Kreme sloppy Joe

29. The 15,000 steps that register on my pedometer after a day at the fair

30. Learning that the state outside Louisville metro city limits is actually pretty neat

Now it’s your turn — what are some of your favorite things about the Kentucky State Fair?

The Kentucky State Fair runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Visit the fair’s website for more information.