LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The next time you head to Kentucky Kingdom or the Kentucky Exposition Center, you’re going to pay more to park.

Parking increased from $8 to $10 for vehicles on July 1. The Kentucky Fair Board voted on the price increase in January. However, if you pay for parking online in advance, you’ll still pay the $8 rate.

“I really don’t want to do the hassle of going online and doing it," said Monica Smardzewski, who was visiting Kentucky Kingdom on Tuesday afternoon with her family. "I will pay the $10. I thought it was free parking, but I would rather do that.” 

Guests at Kentucky Kingdom pay to use the Expo Center lot, and parking is free for guests who have season passes. The Expo Center is encouraging people to buy parking passes online, not only to save on the $2 increase but also to cut down on the lines to get in.

But some Expo Center guests don’t want to pay extra for parking on top of ticket prices.

“If the event was free, then I wouldn’t mind paying the $10," said Jasper Mayes who is visiting Louisville from Chicago. "But, you know, since we are going to spend so much money inside anyway, I think parking should at least be free. Where I am from, we pay a whole lot more, so these guys here are a little bit lucky in a sense.”

While the increase might have the Expo Center seeing green, some customers are seeing red and say the increase is unfair.

“Some people around here can’t afford this, and I think they are going to lose more than they are going to gain,” said Louisville resident Brenda Kelting. “I think it is ridiculous. $1 would have been plenty.”

Others, however, say while the price hike isn’t ideal, it’s something they will have to accept.

“I’m here to have fun with my kids so … I’m going to pay it no matter what,” Smardzewski said.

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