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Vendors and leaders across Kentucky capitalize on State Fair

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Fair-goers pulled out their wallets, ready to spend and sampled fair favorites like the Krispy Kreme donut burger. Fair-goers pulled out their wallets, ready to spend and sampled fair favorites like the Krispy Kreme donut burger.

LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Business was sizzling at the first day of the Kentucky State Fair as the vendors took advantage of the great weather conditions.

Fair-goers pulled out their wallets, ready to spend and sampled fair favorites like the Krispy Kreme doughnut burger

Leaders from across the state also took advantage of the big crowds, hoping to bring in tourists and new residents.

"Washington County is the best in the state,” said Springfield, Ky., city councilman John Ellert.  “It’s the number one county in Kentucky."

Organizers say this type of exposure is like nothing else in the state.

“The Kentucky State Fair is, and always will be, the largest public outreach in the state,” said Amanda Storment, Vice President of Communications for the Kentucky State Fair Board.  “Where else can you reach 600,000 people in an eleven day time period all in one place?  So if you want to get you message out, the Kentucky State fair is the best place to do that.”

Bringing in about 340 vendors and $16 million annually in economic impact, it's arguably the biggest event of the summer.

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