Kentucky State Fair Fact Sheet

2012 Dates:  

108th Kentucky State Fair: August 16-26

109th World's Championship Horse Show: August 19-25

2011 Attendance:  605,565


Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC)

Junction of I-65 and I-264 in Louisville, Kentucky

Street Address:    937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY 40209

Hours of Operation:  Gates open at 7 a.m.; exhibit buildings at  9 a.m.

Thrillway Hours:

Thursday, August 16 through Monday, August 20—Opens at Noon

Tuesday, August 21 through Thursday, August 23—Opens at 2 p.m.

Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26—Opens at Noon

Theme Days:

Thursday, August 16—County Fairs Day

Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19—Girl Scout Weekend

Monday, August 20—Military Monday (Active Duty and Veterans' families will receive 50% discount on admission and can purchase thrillway wristbands for $12 each. Offer available with valid military ID.

Tuesday, August 21—Senior's Day - $1 admission before 6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 22— WDRB Day at the Fair!  Early Bird Discount by NOON - $6 per person admission

Thursday, August 23—Farm Bureau Day

Sunday, August 26—Last Blast-$15 discount wristband

Fair Admission & Thrillway Tickets:  

Gate Admission

Adults $10

Children (3-12 years)  $6

Seniors (55 years+)  $6

Thrillway Promotions

August 16, 21, 22, 23………………………………….$24 wristband

August 17, 19, 20*, 24, 26………………………….$15 discount wristband

*Military Monday—Monday, August 20……$12 wristband with military ID

Ride tickets: $17 for 22 tickets if purchased before August 15; $25 for 22 tickets if purchased after August 15.

*Advance fair admission and ride tickets available at all Kentucky and Southern Indiana Kroger locations beginning July 8 and online at Wristbands only available for purchase on the Kentucky State Fair Thrillway.

Parking:  $8 charge per car

Public Entrances:

Gate 1 (Main Gate) – Phillips Lane

Gate 2 – South Crittenden Drive

Service Gate 3 – Crittenden Drive (open 24 hours)

Gate 4 – North Crittenden Drive

Gate 6 – Preston Highway

Bicycle Information: Bicycle racks are provided at all gates.  There is no charge for bicycle parking and bike riders must provide their own locks.  Gate 4 on Crittenden Drive is designated as the most accessible for bicycle riders."

Traffic Information: A short range radio station, 530-AM, is available during the Kentucky State Fair to broadcast updates on traffic flow into the facility, as well as provide information on accessing available parking lots, handicap drop off points and tram routes. Traffic information will also be sent out on the Kentucky State Fair Facebook and Twitter pages.

Websites:  The Kentucky State Fair has created a mobile website that works on iPhones, Blackberries and Droids. Click or scan this QR code from your mobile device:

Also visit, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @kystatefair for additional information.

Hotel Information: Contact the Greater Louisville Convention and Visitor's Bureau at 1-888-568-4784 or go to

Wheel Chair/Stroller: Located near South Wing C and West side of the front circle. A driver's license is required for all rentals.

Wheel Chairs                    $12.00

Strollers                            $10.00 (or 2 for $16.00)

Wagons                            $14.00

Electric Scooters               $50.00 (or $13.00 an hour)

RV Parking:   Overnight RV parking is allowed only in KEC Lot F behind Cardinal Stadium. Parking is $10 per night. Electric and water hookups are not available. Sites are first come, first served. Contact the Access Control Office at (502) 367-5384.

 Hotline:    Ticket Info Hotline: (502) 367-5001

                 State Fair Hotline:  (502) 367-5002


 2013 Dates:

109th Kentucky State Fair: August 15-24

110th World's Championship Horse Show: August 21-27

Fun Facts! 

*The first Kentucky State Fair was held at Churchill Downs in 1902

* Indoor exhibit space – over 1 million square feet, all climate controlled

* Total exhibit space – 416 acres at the Kentucky Expo Center

* Annual Economic Impact - $16.5 million

* All Time Attendance Record – 684,356 – set in 1994

* Staffing – approximately 250 full-time employees, 800 event employees

*All Time Single Day Attendance Record – 106,335 – set on Saturday August 21, 1993

* 2011 World's Horse Show Championship Attendance – 25,424

* 2011 Educational Field Trip Attendance – 10,009

* 2011 Competitive Entry Total: 57,919

Livestock Entries: 11,723

Horse Show Entries: 10,955

General Entries: 34, 241