Tips for Visiting the Kentucky State Fair


The Kentucky State Fair is an exciting 11 days of rides, fair food, agriculture, and so much more. Follow our tips below to get the most out of your visit to the state fair.

Kentucky State Fair

Whether this is your first time going to the Kentucky State Fair or you have been several times, there is always something to learn and something new to do. The Fair is 11 days of packed full fun and activities from all ages. There are lots of going outside and also indoor options to help you stay cool in the hot KY August heat. We have some tips to help you enjoy your day(s) at the fair.

The 2022 Kentucky State Fair is August 18-28 at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center.

Tickets Pricing – different for 2022

You can buy tickets online for $10 per person including parking but you do have to pay a $1.15 per ticket fee. Children 5 and under are free.

Regular admission cost: $10 per person and $10 per car to park and can be bought at the gate.

Thrill Ville 

Now through Aug. 17
Presale Unlimited Ride Wristband – $30

Presale Unlimited Ride Wristband + VIP Experience – $50

Aug. 18 through Aug. 28
At The Fair: $35 One-day unlimited ride wristband

State Fair

10:00 am-8:00 pm Inside is open
10:00 am-9:00 pm Outside is open
3:00 pm-10:00 pm Thrill Vill rides open

10:00 am-9:00 pm Inside is open
10:00 am-11:00 pm Outside is open
3:00 pm-11:00 pm Thrill Vill rides open

10:00 am-9:00 pm Inside is open
10:00 am-11:00 pm Outside is open
1:00 pm-11:00 pm Thrill Vill rides open

Sunday, August 21
10:00n am-8:00 pm Inside is open
10:00 am-11:00 pm Outside is open
1:00 pm-10:00 pm Thrill Vill rides open

Sunday, August 28
10:00 am-6:00 pm Inside is open
10:00 am-10:00 pm Outside is open
1:00 pm-10:00 pm Thrill Vill rides open


Put a wristband with your contact information on your child. This will help if you and your child are separated. If you don’t have a wristband tape your contact info inside your child clothing.

Have a designated meeting spot for everyone in your party. There are a lot of people at the state fair and your cell phone might not always work.

There is a Lost Child Center which is located at the Kentucky State Police command post at the state fair. It is open 24 hours a day. If you become separated from your child they will be taken to the command post when found.

Bad weather can close, delay or cancel some attractions and events. In the event of inclement weather, the Kentucky State Fair does not offer refunds or rainchecks.

Must See at the State Fair

Pride of the Counties

The baby ducks

Farmer Freddie

At least one of the free concerts

Kinetic Sand play tables (Aug 15-17)

Discovery Farm

Safety Town

farmer freddie

What to Eat at the State Fair

A pork sandwich from the KY Pork Producers

Ice Cream from Ehrle’s

A smoked turkey leg

BBQ pulled pork mac and cheese

Bourbon Donut Burger

Other helpful information 

Be prepared to sit in traffic to get in on weekends and nights to get into the State Fair

Have cash

Bering something to carry all your things. It is common for the booths in the South Wing to give lots of freebies away.

Take water! It gets hot.

Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Download the KY State Fair App

Try to plan your day where you are alternating between outside and inside, to help manage heat.

Check the weather with our pal Matt M at WLKY before heading out.

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