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Guide to the 2024 Kentucky State Fair


Kentucky’s summer tradition is the Kentucky State Fair.

The 2024 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 15-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit www.kystatefair.org or find the fair on FacebookX, and Instagram.

Special Promotions Days

Thursday, August 15: County Fairs Day

  • Come one, come all 120 Kentucky counties. We will highlight winners from county pageants, offer unique competitions, unveil a new exhibition celebrating all 120 counties, and have special activities.

Sunday, August 18: Military Sunday

  • Active military and veterans, as well as their families, can attend the fair for free. Military ID is required. There is a limit of four free tickets, and parking is not included. Wristbands for Thrill Ville will be discounted 20% and available on-site. There is a limit of four wristbands per valid military ID.

Monday, August 19: $5 Monday

  • Those looking for a big bargain won’t want to miss this day. The $5 admission is per person and includes parking. While livestock changeover is occurring on the west side of the property, fairgoers can visit Discovery Farm in Agland and also attend morning or evening performances of the World’s Championship Horse Show for free. Free evening tickets will be available at the KEC Ticket Office.

Tuesday, August 20: Senior Day

  • Fairgoers 55 and older enter the fair for free. Parking is not included. Special activities will be planned throughout the day.

Wednesday, August 21: Sensory Awareness Day

  • In partnership with Kissel Entertainment, FEAT of Louisville, Home of the Innocents, and Kentucky Autism Training Center, free admission and Thrill Ville tickets will be given to fairgoers with sensory processing differences. From 10 a.m. until noon, Thrill Ville will operate with minimal lights and music to create an enjoyable fair experience for those with sensory sensitivities. Limited tickets are available. To receive tickets, email [email protected] or [email protected].

Texas Roadhouse FREE Concert series

The Kentucky State Fair entertainment lineup has been released with the theme: Like Woodstock with Livestock!

The Texas Roadhouse Concert series returns with 11 days of headlining acts. The concerts are included with fair admissions and range from 80s hair bands and iconic country acts to hip-hop tracks.

  • Thursday, August 15: Lonestar and Eddie Montgomery*
  • Friday, August 16: The Sugarhill Gang Melle Mel & Scorpio (of Furious Five) with special guest Ying Yang Twins
  • Saturday, August 17: Stephen Pearcy of Ratt with special guest Quiet Riot
  • Sunday, August 18: The Oak Ridge Boys with special guests The Country Gold Tour including Leroy Van Dyke, Linda Davis, Jimmy Fortune, Rockland Road (who will perform the National Anthem and God Bless the USA)
  • Monday, August 19: CAIN with special guest Katy Nichole
  • Tuesday, August 20: Happy Together including The Turtles, The Cowsills, Badfinger, The Vogues, The Association, Jay and the Americans
  • Wednesday, August 21: Justin Moore with special guest Alex Miller*
  • Thursday, August 22: Everclear with special guest Marcy Playground
  • Friday, August 23: 38 Special with special guest Exile*
  • Saturday, August 24: Lauren Alaina with special guests Mackenzie Porter, Kelsey Hart*
  • Sunday, August 25: (7 p.m. show): Tauren Wells with special guest Consumed By Fire

*= Kentucky artist

Except August 25, the concert area opens daily at 6:30 p.m. and concerts begin at 8 p.m. On August 25th, the area opens at 5:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m.

Music is also scheduled for the full 11-day run of the fair in both the Big Tent and the Budweiser Tent.

The BIG Tent Lineup (Acts are listed in alphabetical order)

Courtesy: WDRB/Louisville