The Kentucky State Fair finished its 11-day run with a flourish. The final day of the fair drew 9,000 more fairgoers than the last day in 2012. That helped push attendance for this year’s fair to 615,648, a slight increase from last year.
“The response we heard was tremendous,” said Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, the president and CEO of the State Fair board. “We introduced some positive changes to the Fair this year and heard encouraging feedback to build on.”
Changes this year in Louisville included free weekend parking at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium and concerts on the field at Old Cardinal Stadium.
Pork and politics will be on the menu at the Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast and Auction at the state fairgrounds in Louisville.
A sellout crowd of 1,600 will be served 450 pounds of country ham along with other fixings at the Thursday morning event. They'll then hear speeches from some of the state's political leaders including senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and Governor Steve Beshear.
For some, the main event will be an auction of the state fair's grand champion ham. The prize ham will be garnished with roses on a silver platter held by Miss Kentucky while the auctioneer calls for bids. Last year's 17.6 pound ham fetched a winning bid of $300,000. All the money raised from the auction is donated to the charity of the winning bidder's choice.
Temporary workers are needed for this year's Kentucky State Fair, and applications will be accepted starting Monday. The Courier-Journal says positions include maintenance staff, grounds, housekeeping, admission gate keepers, tour guides and tram drivers.