KY State Fair begins with annual Commodity Breakfast

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Kentucky Proud products and politics are in the spotlight today at the annual Kentucky Commodity Breakfast. 

Farmers and agriculture officials from across the commonwealth organize and host the breakfast, which is the first official event of the Kentucky State Fair.

The annual tradition is a celebration of Kentucky’s agriculture community and highlights different Kentucky agricultural commodities. The fresh eggs, pork and beef are provided by Kentucky farmers and producers.  

This year, four local beef farm families and their local products are featured.

The breakfast is attended by politicians, community leaders and other well-known figures.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin spoke with reporters early Thursday about the importance of the breakfast showcasing Kentucky agriculture. 

"It's a chance for people to get a cross section of what Kentucky has to offer, especially on the agricultural side of things. But more than just simply agriculture, it's a chance for people to see our best foot forward on a lot of fronts.

"And so it's not the economic impact of the Fair itself -- while that is significant -- it's a chance for those who are a part of the everyday fabric of the economy to showcase themselves for 10 days the rest of the public."

Bevin says attending the state fair brings back lots of childhood memories.

"As a kid the highlight of my life, when I was a kid was going to the county fair and showing my livestock. I mean this is my life, this is how I grew up in some respects, so hanging out with folks like I'll be meeting with this morning at the Commodity Breakfast is like going back in time." 

The Kentucky State Fair began Thursday Aug. 17 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 27.

WDRB will be at the fair Thursday, Aug. 17 through Monday, Aug. 21. Stop by and meet your favorite on-air personalities and you could win one of the hottest items going right now -- NASA-certified glasses to view the Total Solar Eclipse. We'll have 20,000 pairs available to give away in the North Wing Lobby from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday through Sunday (Aug. 17-Aug. 21).

Because demand is so high, there is no guarantee that glasses will be available to everyone, but there's a good chance you can score a pair. At some times, we'll distribute them. At others, visitors will have a chance to win them on our prize wheel. 

Glasses will also be available at our solar eclipse viewing party in the North Wing Lobby at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. If you don't have glasses, you can watch live video of the eclipse on the monitors in the lobby. (We use special filters on our cameras that make it safe to watch.)

For information on exhibits, parking, rides, hours, tickets and more, CLICK HERE.  

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