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Changes this year for Kentucky State Fair

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---Inside the Kentucky Exposition Center, work is underway.

Tim Rosenberger has been very busy since last week.

"We collected 529 beer entries and 26 label entries, so it's a record for us," says Tim Rosenberger with the Home Brewing Department.

He and 43 judges had their work cut out for them for the home brewed beer competition.

"When they judge beer, I would say it takes about 15 minutes to judge one beer," says Tim Rosenberger.

It's one of many exhibits to find at the Kentucky State Fair.

From a variety of competitions, showcases, and the fair food- the state fair has become a tradition for many people.

"It's just nice to see familiar faces, people who have been coming here for 40 years, and plus it's rewarding," says Clay Smith.

With all the fun comes the preparations.

"There's been a lot of setup going on. 2 to 2 1/2 weeks ago, once the Street Rods Nationals finished here, we go right into setup for state fair," says Amanda Storment, Vice-President of Communications for the Kentucky State Fair Board.

You'll notice some changes this year at the state fair. For the first time ever, you'll be able to park at the Green Lot at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, all for free. A shuttle will take you to the fair. That will take place on the weekends.

State Fair Board officials hope it will help ease traffic congestion.

If you are still wanting to park on site at the fair, that will cost you $8 dollars.

Parking across the street from the main entrance off Phillips Lane, at the site of the former Executive Inn, will cost you $5 dollars.

The other change is here Cardinal Stadium, where concert-goers will no longer be in the grandstand area, but rather, on the field.

"The grandstand really was not in very good shape and rather than take any chances, we wanted to go ahead and take that offline," says Amanda Storment.

They anticipate an economic impact of more than 16 million dollars during the fair's 11-day-run,  and more than 600,000 visitors.

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