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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

An All Day Trip to the Kentucky State Fair (Review #3)

PhotobucketMy family and I spent ALL day at the Kentucky State Fair. We started at the World's Championship Horse Show at 9am. The upper level seats were free, but the floor level had a cost (the free entry is only on certain days). My kids enjoyed watching several classes compete. They liked that each competition started with younger kids (we saw kids as young as 8), then teens, then adults. We saw regular riders (saddlebred) and horses pulling carts (pleasure riding). My kids loved to pick out which horses they liked the best, which riders they thought looked the best, and which would be the winners. It helped to explain what the judges were looking for, and what would get them better marks. The loud speaker voice was very clear, and the competition for each class was just short enough to hold my kids' attention. My kids really enjoyed cheering the winners on as they took their winning lap around the arena, and we loved hearing where all of the different riders had come from. The show attracts riders from all across the country and even internationally (we saw someone from South Africa!) with more than 2,000 horses competing for over $1 million in awards.

PhotobucketAfter we had our fill of horses, we headed throughout the fair grounds enjoying freebies from each booth, getting health checks, looking at submitted entries for art, baking, and everything else under the sun, we looked at all the animals in their pens, and of course, tasted the food. I particularly liked the deep fried Girl Scout Cookies! We also enjoyed many of the shows.

PhotobucketMy daughter's favorite was JUMP! The Ultimate Dog Challenge. My kids loved watching the dogs jump, catch frisbees, walk on two legs, jump rope, and a whole bunch of other tricks. Their favorite was watching the dogs jump over 52" high pole. There was audience participation, and I liked that the host emphasized adopting from shelters and said all of the dogs in his show were rescued.

PhotobucketWe ended the day with my son's favorite show, the BMX Pros Trick Team show. With tricks and stunts by bicyclists and a skate boarder, it looked like the guys could defy gravity and break the laws of physics. My son can't wait to try and ride his bike up a ramp and try to flip it up side down in the air. The whole show was less than a 30 minutes, but due to sitting on bleachers out in the full sun, that was fine with us. After a long day, we decided it was well worth the fatigue. We had a great time at the Kentucky State Fair, and we can't wait to go back again next year!

By guest contributor: Caryn

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