UPDATE: Farm Credit America is sponsor for State Fair’s ‘Championship Drive’


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) The Kentucky State Fair announced Wednesday Farm Credit Mid-America as the presenting sponsor of the third annual Championship Drive.

Held Thursday, Aug. 26, the Championship Drive presented by Farm Credit Mid-America is the premiere youth livestock event during the Kentucky State Fair. 

“We are dedicated to securing the future of rural communities and agriculture and there’s no better way to do that than supporting young farmers who represent the future of agriculture in the Commonwealth,” says Mark Barker, senior vice president of agricultural lending for the financial services cooperative. “We are proud to help shine a spotlight on these young men and women in 4-H and FFA through our support of the Championship Drive. Supporting agriculture events like this, especially in these unprecedented times, is an essential part of fulfilling our purpose.” 

The Championship Drive presented by Farm Credit Mid-America recognizes the best of the best from nearly 500 exhibitors and more than 1,100 entries.

4-H and FFA members work all year with the hopes of being crowned as a class winner. After shifting from the Sale of Champions to the Championship Drive in 2018, more students are able to showcase their market goats, sheep, swine and steers. 

“The Championship Drive presented by Farm Credit Mid-America is a newly created event that highlights the best of Kentucky’s youth and livestock. We appreciate Farm Credit Mid-America and with their support, we can further enhance this event into a rich tradition that improves each and every year.” said David S. Beck, president and CEO of Kentucky Venues. 

The recently formed Kentucky Exposition Foundation, a private, non-profit corporation separate from Kentucky Venues, is actively securing sponsorships for the Championship Drive and other educational programs at this year’s Kentucky State Fair.

The foundation was created to support the events at both the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention CentER.

“Events at both of Kentucky Venues’ facilities benefit everyone in the Commonwealth. The foundation operates as an organization independent from state government to help create more events and prove we can lead by example. The Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center foster economic development for the state, providing tourism and financial opportunities for the surrounding communities that assists Kentucky Venues with achieving its long-term goals.” said Scott Shoenberger, chairman of the Kentucky Exposition Foundation. 

The 2021 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 19-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit www.kystatefair.org .


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – Attendees of the Kentucky State Fair should be aware of the recently announced traffic plan and important policies to keep in mind.

Guests planning to attend the fair should use gates 1, 4 and 6.

Those going to Kentucky Kingdom can access the amusement park on the weekends using gate 2. Kentucky Kingdom visitors who use a different gate will have to pay for fair admission and parking. Gate 2 will be used for fairgoers during weekdays when the park is closed.

Source: KY Venues

The portion of Phillips Lane between Freedom Way and the interstate overpass will be temporarily closed all day on Aug. 21-22 and Aug. 28-29.

Fairgoers under 18 years old entering after 6 p.m. must be accompanied by a parent or guardian 21 years of age or older. Proof of age is required. IDs will be verified at the gate.

Kentucky announced that facial coverings are required in state government buildings. In compliance with the policy, masks will be required indoors at the Fair but are not required outdoors.

For more information about the policies, visit https://kystatefair.org/about/policies.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (RELEASE) (August 7, 2021) — The Kentucky State Fair announced today online advance admission pricing, available August 7-29, is $10 per person and includes parking. With only 12 days until the annual festival, the Kentucky State Fair is celebrating its return by offering additional savings for fairgoers who buy in advance. Advance admission tickets are only available online through //kystatefair.org/tickets.

“We’re excited to create additional affordable ticket options for fairgoers this year. Our parking-inclusive early bird offering was so popular we decided to offer advance tickets that also include parking at an unbeatable price. We want to welcome as many people as possible at this year’s Kentucky State Fair,” said David S. Beck, president and CEO of Kentucky Venues.

 Those aren’t the only ways to save at this year’s Fair. Additional discounts include:

  • Sunday, Aug. 22 Military Sunday Sponsored by AppHarvest Free admission for military members, veterans and their families (up to four people per military ID) at the gate. Parking is not included.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24 Senior Day Free admission for seniors 55 and up. Parking is not included.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 25 Sensory Friendly Morning Tickets and wristband vouchers will be distributed through FEAT of Louisville and Kentucky Autism Training Center. Parking not included.

Admission to the Kentucky State Fair features many free activities, including the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series, livestock competition, outdoor and indoor entertainment, indoor exhibits and nine other performance areas.

Admission pricing at the gate will be $10 per person and parking at $10 a standard vehicle.

The 2021 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 19-29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information,

visit www.kystatefair.org or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or its blog.

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