A Visit to the Kentucky State Fair

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This year I took my daughter to the Kentucky State Fair to explore some of the exhibits and animals. Since she is still under 3, she did not need a ticket purchased for her admission. We went early on a Wednesday morning, arriving a little after 9:00am that day. I chose to go at this time to avoid the heat and the crowds. The midway rides were not open that early, but that was not an issue for our family this year.

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 We started out in the North Wing and immediately noticed a wonderful balloon display featuring a basketball theme with U of L and UK. We continued down to the South Wing and started at Kid Biz area to see the animals. There was a miniature horse, donkey, pigs, alpaca, llama, horse, goats, sheep, rabbits, chickens, turkey, peacock, and more. There was even a station to watch baby chicks hatching. I really liked that they had a hand washing station set up at the entrance/exit to this area to encourage proper hygiene after hanging out with our animal friends.

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We then headed over the exhibition area to view the different fish tanks. My daughter loved looking at all of the different fish tanks. Some featured glow fish, while others were themed like a circus, holidays, and even Elvis! You could vote on your favorite tank as well by using the numbers on each entry. 

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 Our next stop was the different crafts that were entered to be judged. We enjoying checking out all of the photography, art, quilts, miniature rooms, and even decorated trees! We loved looking at all of the holiday trees and their unique themes. I even got some ideas for my own trees this year!

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Nearby was the popular competition cake and food area. We had fun picking out our favorites among the elaborately decorated cakes. My daughter preferred those with characters, while I preferred the more sophisticated cakes. I was in awe of the beautiful creations and only wish I had half of the time and patience it takes to make those creations!

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We headed to the parking lot area to eat lunch while enjoying music in the Mike Linnig's tent and then ended our visit to the fair watching a rather amusing dog show that was located nearby. The Kentucky State Fair provides a variety of exhibits and entertainment options for families. They even have a "Rock 'N' Relax Baby Care Center" located in the Kid Biz area which provides parents an area to nurse or change diapers in a more private setting if they wish. We will definitely be attending next August as well and plan on making this an annual tradition in our family! You can look at their website at http://www.kystatefair.org for more details.