Tips for Visiting the Kentucky State Fair


The Kentucky State Fair is an exciting 11 days of rides, fair food, agriculture, and so much more. Follow our tips below to get the most out of your visit to the state fair.

Kentucky State Fair

Whether this is your first time going to the Kentucky State Fair or you have been several times, there is always something to learn and something new to do. The Fair is 11 days of packed full fun and activities from all ages. There are lots of going outside and also indoor options to help you stay cool in the hot KY August heat. We have some tips to help you enjoy your day(s) at the fair.

The 2021 Kentucky State Fair is August 19-29 at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center.

Please note that masks are required for all indoor activities. 

Tickets Pricing 

You can buy tickets online or at Kroger for an Early Bird rate of $8 per person including parking until August 5, 2021. 

Regular admission cost: $10 per person and $10 per car to park and can be bought at the gate or online.

You can get your tickets by visiting the State Fair website. Children under 5 are free.

Thrill Ville 

July 2 through Aug. 18
Online: $25 One-day unlimited ride wristband
Online: $45 VIP One-day unlimited ride wristband
Kroger: $25 One-day unlimited ride wristband

Aug. 19 through Aug. 29
At The Fair: $30 One-day unlimited ride wristband

7am Gates Open
10am-8pm Exhibit Halls Open

7am Gates Open
10am-9pm Exhibit Halls Open

Sunday, Aug. 22 : 10:00am-8:00pm
Sunday, Aug. 29: 10:00am-6:00pm

Thrill Ville
Mondays-Thursdays Open at 2 pm.
Fridays-Sundays Opens at 12 pm.
Thrill Ville closes every day at midnight


Put a wristband with your contact information on your child. This will help if you are your child are separated. If you don’t have a wristband tap your contact info inside your child clothing.

Have a designated meeting spot for everyone in your party. There are a lot of people at the fair and your cell phone might not alway work.

There is a Lost Child Center is located at the Kentucky State Police command post. It is open 24 hours a day. If you become separated from your child they will be taken to the command post when found.

Bad weather can close, delay or cancel some attractions and events. In the event of inclement weather, the Kentucky State Fair does not offer refunds or rainchecks.

Must See

Pride of the Counties

The baby ducks

Farmer Freddie

At least one of the free concerts

Kinetic Sand play tables (Aug 15-17)

Discovery Farm

Safety Town

What to Eat

A pork sandwich from the KY Pork Producers

Ice Cream from Ehrle’s

A smoked turkey leg

BBQ pulled pork mac and cheese

Bourbon Donut Burger

Other helpful information 

Be prepared to sit in traffic get in on weekends and nights

Have cash

Bering something to carry all your things. It is common for the booths in the South Wing to give lots of freebies away.

Take water! It gets hot.

Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Download the KY State Fair App

Try to plan your day where you are alternating between outside and inside, to help manage heat.

Check the weather with our pal Matt M at WLKY before heading out.

Want to see what else is going on this week? Check out our Week in Preview.

It's fun to share:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.