kentucky state fair http://wfpl.org en Kentucky State Fair Attendance Increases 2.6 Percent http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-fair-attendance-increases-26-percent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The just-concluded Kentucky State Fair drew&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">615,648 paid patrons this year—a 2.6-percent increase from 2012.</span></p><p>It's the largest number of attendees since&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 13px; text-indent: -12px; line-height: 1.5;">621,795 turned out in 2009.</span></p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:36:41 +0000 Joseph Lord 6648 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Fair Attendance Increases 2.6 Percent Eating Healthfully and Crazily at the Kentucky State Fair http://wfpl.org/post/eating-healthfully-and-crazily-kentucky-state-fair <p>The Kentucky State Fair is famous for crazy food. Burgers with doughnuts replacing the bun, giant heaps of meat and fried candy bars join the typical fair foods like elephant ears and cotton candy.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But can you eat healthfully? And, if you want to live it up, how do you feel after eating the craziest state fair foods.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We decided to find out.</span></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:50:06 +0000 Devin Katayama & Joseph Lord 6532 at http://wfpl.org Eating Healthfully and Crazily at the Kentucky State Fair Kentucky State Fair Starts Quest on Monday for Temp Workers http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-fair-starts-quest-monday-temp-workers <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 11px; ">The Kentucky State Fair will begin hiring temporary employees on Monday for this month’s festivities.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 11px; ">The Fair needs 750 employees to work from mid-August to the end of the month. Some employees will need to work after the Fair closes on Aug. 25 for clean-up.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 10px; font-size: 11px; ">&nbsp;The jobs will pay about $7.25 per hour, said Amanda Storment, a spokeswoman for the fair.</p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 6345 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Fair Starts Quest on Monday for Temp Workers Kentucky State Fair to Have a Free Parking Lot on Weekends (if You're Willing to Ride a Shuttle) http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-fair-have-free-parking-lot-weekends-if-youre-willing-ride-shuttle <p>In recent years, the Kentucky State Fair officials have witnessed issues with traffic congestion around the gates into the fairgrounds on the weekends.</p><p>They have a plan to address it during next month's fair—by spreading out the parking options.</p><p>This year, the Kentucky State Fair will have two new cheaper parking lots open on weekends in a bid to reduce traffic congestion around the fairgrounds.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 19:06:43 +0000 Joseph Lord 6244 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Fair to Have a Free Parking Lot on Weekends (if You're Willing to Ride a Shuttle) Old Cardinal Stadium Won't Collapse, Report Says. But It's 'In a Great State of Disrepair.' http://wfpl.org/post/old-cardinal-stadium-wont-collapse-report-says-its-great-state-disrepair <p>Old Cardinal Stadium is "not on the verge of collapse"—but the grandstand and storage areas under them needs to be fixed or be taken out of service.</p><p>That's the verdict of a report released Wednesday on structural stability of the the 50-plus year-old stadium at the Kentucky State Fair &amp; Exposition Center.</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:27:16 +0000 Joseph Lord 5745 at http://wfpl.org Old Cardinal Stadium Won't Collapse, Report Says. But It's 'In a Great State of Disrepair.' After Issues in 2012, Kentucky State Fair Considers Plans for Better Parking http://wfpl.org/post/after-issues-2012-kentucky-state-fair-considers-plans-better-parking <p>After issues with automated gates in 2012, the Kentucky State Fair Board is working on a plan to ease traffic congestion into the 2013 state fair.</p><p>In 2011, automated parking gates were installed with the intention of getting fair-goers into the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center faster.</p><p>They didn’t. The automated machines took too long to accept bills, and sometimes patrons had to insert bills multiple times. Traffic began to congest at gates.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 5534 at http://wfpl.org After Issues in 2012, Kentucky State Fair Considers Plans for Better Parking State Fair Attendance Drops http://wfpl.org/post/state-fair-attendance-drops <p>New calculations show that Kentucky State Fair attendance dropped slightly this year, but state officials say the event was still a success.</p><p>Attendance was just under 600,000 for the 11-day event. That's about 5,000 fewer people than the year before and the first time since 2008 that attendance was below 600,000.</p><p>Attendance has varied for the last decade, fluctuating by several thousand year to year.</p><p>Fair Board officials say weather, the economy, the start of school and the entertainment lineup can all affect attendance, and they're satisfied with this year's numbers.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 18:21:34 +0000 Gabe Bullard 1490 at http://wfpl.org State Fair Attendance Drops Champion Country Ham Fetches $300,000 http://wfpl.org/post/champion-country-ham-fetches-300000 The Kentucky State Fair grand champion country ham fetched $300,000 at a charity auction today.<p> Since 1964, the top ham has been auctioned at the close of the Kentucky Farm Bureau country ham breakfast.<p> This year’s top bidder was Louisville optometrist Dr. Mark Lynn.<p> "Louisville has been very, very good to us, we’ve been very lucky in life. We feel very fortunate. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:36:22 +0000 Rick Howlett 1431 at http://wfpl.org Champion Country Ham Fetches $300,000 Sounds of the State Fair http://wfpl.org/post/sounds-state-fair <p></p><p>This is the opening weekend of the Kentucky State Fair, and what better time to revisit Devin Katayama's radio portrait of the fair from last year?&nbsp;</p><p>For anyone anticipating an afternoon on the midway, let this get you even more excited. For those of you who would rather skip the whole thing, this is your vicarious visit.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 20:23:24 +0000 Gabe Bullard 1364 at http://wfpl.org Sounds of the State Fair