A day at the fair is sure to create many lasting memories! The animals, the concerts, the rides, the food - all of it is sure to stay with you for years to come. One of the greatest things about state fairs is that they’re all different - each one is unique to the area where it takes place. It’s a great way to learn about the state’s people and talents and food and their overall values. And - it’s just plain fun! Whatever topic you’re interested in, you’re probably going to find a place that covers it at the fair.
The Kentucky State Fair has something for everyone! Kids can experience life on a farm at AgLand and see cattle, goats, llamas, sheep, a sow and her litter, and more. Everyone can grab a free cup of coffee and play games, dance, sing, and play bingo in the Heritage Hall (there are prizes!). Explore the state of Kentucky in the Pride of the Counties exhibit to see what each part of the state has to offer. Or sample local beers and the bourbon Kentucky alone can claim, try different foods, and shop for uniquely Kentucky gifts in the Bluegrass Village.
Experience the rides in Thrill Ville, where you can get your pulse racing or just cool off on a hot day. You’ll also find food and music tents, where local bands will play throughout the fair and places to buy boots, candy, toys, clothes and more to remind you of your trip or to make a special gift for someone else. Finally, take a stroll down Main Street and see exhibits and creative displays and activities that share the heritage of Kentucky.
The Kentucky State Fair offers plenty of amenities. Wheelchairs and strollers are available to rent, and there are free rides on the State Fair trams throughout the grounds. Information booths are stations throughout the fairgrounds also. There are areas for diaper changing, and a “Rock ‘N Relax Baby Care Center” for nursing and changing. There are ATMs in several places, as well as first aid stations. You can find out more about the fair’s amenities here.
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You are able to camp right at the Kentucky State Fair! They offer dry camping only, in Lot F, for $20 a night. There are no hookups available during the fair. You can find out more about camping at the fair here. If you want a campground that offers more amenities than that, there are several other places to camp nearby.
Whether you own an RV or camper or use a rental from RVshare, RV camping is a great way to experience the fair! You’ll be able to explore the exhibits, ride the rides, and generally play all day and come home to a cozy bed with your own private bathroom!
If you choose not to camp, there are also plenty of hotels around Louisville where you can stay while enjoying the fair. You’ll find recommended hotels close to the fair here. Many major chains have hotels in the city, so if you have a favorite you can check their website. Also, travel sites like Expedia or Travelocity are also a good place to look for deals on lodging.
Directions from I-65 Northbound: Exit at the Fair/Expo Center (Exit 131B) and follow the signs to Gate 1, the main entrance.
Directions from I-65 Southbound: Take Exit 132 to Crittenden Drive and merge to the far left. Gate 4 to the Fair/Expo Center will be directly on the left after the Cracker Barrel restaurant. Or continue along Crittenden Drive to Gate 2, which will be on the left. To enter Gate 1 (the main entrance), go past Exit 132 and continue to Exit 131B approximately ¼ mile down I-65. Follow the Fair/Expo Center signs to the Main Gate.
Directions from I-264 Westbound: Exit at the Fair/Expo Center (Exit 11) and follow the signs to Gate 1. Or proceed further to Crittenden Drive to enter Gates 2 or 4. Exit 12 is Preston Highway (Highway 61). Take a right off the exit and follow Preston to Gate 6, which will be on the left between Sleep Inn and Thornton’s Gas Station.
Directions from I-264 Eastbound: Exit at the Fair/Expo Center (Exit 11) to Crittenden Drive. Proceed to Gates 2 and 4 which will be on the right. Or continue past the Crittenden Drive exit to I-65 and Fair/Expo Center (Exit 12) and follow the signs to Gate 1.
Advance parking is available for $5 a day. Check the Kentucky State Fair website for more, or you can buy parking passes at some Kroger stores as well. You can also pay for parking on-site, for $10 per vehicle.
You can purchase discounted tickets to the fair online, or at participating Kroger stores. You can also purchase tickets at the door. From July 1 - August 14, tickets online and at Kroger are $7 for admission and $5 for parking. Keep in mind online prices do not include ticketmaster fees. From August 15 - August 25, tickets online are $8 for admission and $8 for parking. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $10 for admission and $10 for parking.
We at RVshare love helping people explore this amazing world and helping them have adventures in new areas. Whether you’re a Kentucky native, or have never been there before, attending the State Fair is a great way to learn more about Kentucky and its best parts, to eat some delicious fair food, and to make some great memories. Visiting the fair in an RV provides a stress-free experience, with your own shower and bed, and the food you like along with other comforts of home. Regardless of whether you visit the fair in an RV rental from us or use other accommodations, we’d love to see pictures of your experience! Send us photos at [email protected], and tag us on social media to share your visit. Your adventures could be featured on our blog or social media!
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