This year, watch for the 109th annual Kentucky State Fair to kick off on Thursday, August 18 and continue until Sunday, August 28, 2016 ... celebrating everything Kentucky!
First organized in 1816, the fair didn't become an official one until 1902 and, after traveling from city to city for several years, settled in Louisville where today the fair has found a permanent home at the mammoth 520-acre Kentucky Exposition Center.
As in past years, the fair's huge popularity is expected to draw some 600,000 visitors during the fair's traditional two-week run in August.
The Kentucky State Fair features spectacular roller coaster rides and other amusement park attractions, along with lots of fried foods and regional specialties.
While Kentucky is most famous for fried chicken, Kentucky bourbon, bluegrass music, and baseball bats, also don't miss the opportunity to take in the fair's major attraction - the World Championship Horse Show - where 2,000 elite saddlebreds from across the state and around the world compete for millions of dollars in prizes.