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William McCann: ‘Appetizer plays’ could serve as an answer to the need for the development of new works

Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, Inc. is a non-profit that provides opportunities to and for the state’s playwrights, with the goal of encouraging the development of new works. As part of that mission we commission new plays and sponsor the Kentucky New Play Series. In prior years the KNPS’s winning plays have been produced at the Kentucky State Fair; some of those plays have also been anthologized....

Kentucky State Fair to require adult supervision after incident involving teens causes panic over weekend

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today An incident involving a group of teens on Saturday night that evoked panic among fairgoers has prompted policy changes at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Beginning Wednesday, anyone under 18 entering the Kentucky State Fair after 6 p.m. will have to be accompanied by an adult, according to a new policy announced Monday afternoon. Kentucky State Fair announced...

EWDC to offer education, career counseling for employment seekers at Kentucky State Fair

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) invites Kentuckians seeking employment and educational opportunities to visit the EWDC booth at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair. The EWDC booth will be located in the South Wing on Main Street near the B107 entrance of the Kentucky State fair. The booth will highlight employment and adult educations services offered by the Kentucky Career...

State Fair coming up; check out the informative, fun Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources area

Take a selfie with a bear at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Bear Wise Exhibit. See some critters. Meet “Kentucky Afield” Television Host Chad Miles. Check out the department’s colorful new prescribed burn truck and equipment. There’s a lot to do when you visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife booth at the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 15-25. Follow the crowds to the Main...

Tickets on Sale now for 2019 World’s Championship Horse Show at Kentucky State Fair Aug. 17-24

The film world has The Oscars, musicians have the Grammys, the theatre its Tonys, and the Saddlebred industry has the World’s Championship Horse Show. With eight consecutive days and nights of pageantry and exhilarating competition for the multitude of owners, trainers, riders, handlers, spectators – and of course the most spectacular horses in the world – the show is the ultimate celebration...

KDA, UK Cooperative Extension Service will transport exhibits to Kentucky State Fair this summer

Want to exhibit at the Kentucky State Fair but can’t make the trip? For the second year in a row, the state fair, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the University of Kentucky (UK) Cooperative Extension Service will transport your best preserves, crafts, honey, vegetables, and other exhibits to Louisville from five locations across the Commonwealth. “Getting to the state fair is a challenge...

Paducah AQS Spring QuiltWeek Show generates record-breaking $25.5 million in economic impact

The American Quilter’s Society (AQS), the largest quilting membership organization in the world, revealed that the 2019 Spring QuiltWeek Show in Paducah generated an economic impact of $25.5 million, a number five times greater than the Kentucky State Fair. An economic powerhouse for Paducah and the surrounding region, QuiltWeek 2019 drew crowds of 31,000 quilting enthusiasts from 47 states and 11...

With Farm Safety and Health Week in September, Quarles urges farmers, motorists to take extra care

Farmers put their health, and even their lives, on the line to provide the food and fiber we all depend on, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in proclaiming the week of Sept. 16-22 as Farm Safety and Health Week. “Farmers encounter many hazards in their work from machinery, livestock, chemicals, extreme weather, and other factors,” Quarles said. “A death or injury on the farm is a tragedy...

Harlan County High School captures sixth annual Kentucky State Fair Junior Chef Championship

The Harlan County High School cooking team captured the coveted skillet trophy in the sixth annual Junior Chef Championship cook-off Friday at the Kentucky State Fair. “Congratulations to Harlan County for winning this very competitive challenge,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Kudos to all the teams that competed this year. Thanks to Sullivan University for its continuing support...

CHFS offering substance use disorder resources and wellness information at the Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville can get information and expert guidance on substance use disorder/addiction resources and learn more about other health and family assistance programs at the Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ (CHFS) exhibit. The fair opens Thursday and concludes Sunday, Aug. 26 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The CHFS exhibit will be in the Health Horizons...

Ryan Quarles: State fair offers a chance to come together for Kentuckians from all walks of life

As a people who brim with pride for our state, each year Kentuckians of all backgrounds have an opportunity to embrace one of the Commonwealth’s time-honored traditions: the Kentucky State Fair. Growing up as a farm kid in Scott County, I would count down the days until I visited with Freddy Farm Bureau, watched livestock shows, and chowed down on a Kentucky Pork Producers sandwich. The 114th Kentucky...

KY Department of Agriculture, UK Extension partner for limited exhibit delivery for 2018 State Fair

Are you a state fair competitor who needs help getting your entries to the 2018 Kentucky State Fair (KSF)? In a new partnership, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA), the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and KSF are teaming up to deliver selected agriculture and non-ag general department exhibits. Fair entrants must meet the July 2 entry deadline and must contact regional...

Kentucky State Police raffling off 2018 Dodge Charger to support Trooper Island for underprivileged children

The Kentucky State Police are taking a walk on the wild side this year to support their Trooper Island Camp for underprivileged children. The agency is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a new 2018 Dodge Charger R/T 392 ScatPack, a four-door, five-passenger ride that combines legendary muscle car heritage with safety and comfort features suitable for family duty. Cloaked in a Destroyer Grey...

Health and Family Services Cabinet expands ‘duffle shuffle’ program to reach foster children statewide

Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) leaders distributed several hundred duffle bags, backpacks and luggage to Service Region Administrators (SRAs) who met in Richmond last week. The SRAs will take the bags back to their multi-county regions and pass them on to front-line staff. Children coming into foster care will receive the bags for their belongings. “I do not want another child to...

Montgomery Co. High School first to repeat as state champion of Farm to School Junior Chef competition

Montgomery County High School became the first team in the history of the Farm to School Junior Chef program to repeat as state champion when it prevailed over Corbin in the fifth annual Junior Chef championship cook off at the Kentucky State Fair. “Congratulations to Montgomery County on this remarkable achievement,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “I commend all 16 teams that participated...

State Personnel Cabinet to provide employment information during Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to this year’s Kentucky State Fair are invited to stop by the Personnel Cabinet’s booth to learn about the many career opportunities available with the Commonwealth and the valuable benefits offered to state employees. Personnel Cabinet staff will be on hand to help answer questions about the Commonwealth application process, including what to expect when applying for a job through...

Ryan Quarles: Kentucky’s fabulous State Fair is coming up; come share the great tradition, Aug. 17-27

The Kentucky State Fair is one of the highlights of the agricultural year in Kentucky. As a farm kid from Scott County, I have many fond memories of past state fairs. It’s a chance to rub elbows with our neighbors, reunite with friends from across the Commonwealth, and show off the best that Kentucky agriculture has to offer. The 113th edition of this great tradition is Aug. 17-27, and, as always,...

State agency leading backpack drive for foster children as part of exhibit at Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to the 2017 Kentucky State Fair can help children in foster care by donating a new duffle bag or backpack at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit. CHFS is collecting the bags at its display in the Health Horizons area of South Wing B at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Children coming into foster care will receive the bags to carry their belongings. “Often times,...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services to offer wellness information during Kentucky State Fair

Visitors to the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville this month can get information and expert guidance on health, wellness and family assistance programs at the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) exhibit. The fair is Aug. 17-27 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, and the CHFS exhibit in the Health Horizons area of South Wing B will feature information to help support the strategies...

Coupons for historic sites, campgrounds available at Kentucky State Parks booth at state fair

The Kentucky State Parks will have a booth during the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 17-27, where visitors can pick up coupons for historic sites and camping. Visitors can also sign up for drawings for state park giveaways at the booth, located in the Pride of the Counties area in the South Wing. The Kentucky State Parks at the Kentucky State Fair. (Photo Provided) Park representatives will assist guests...