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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...

State Health and Family Services Cabinet offers variety of wellness programs at 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. 18-28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, and the CHFS exhibit will feature information to help support the strategies of Gov. Matt Bevin’s Kentucky HEALTH (Helping...

Kentucky Blood Center accepting donations at State Fair for first time this week

For the first time, the Kentucky Blood Center will be accepting blood donations at the Kentucky State Fair. Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) will be located in the Health Horizons building and will be collecting blood 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the fair. “We’re excited to be at the State Fair this year,” said Martha Osborne, KBC Executive Director of Marketing and Recruitment. “We are the Kentucky...

State Parks booth at Kentucky State Fair this week offers both information and drawings for prizes

The Kentucky State Parks will have a booth at the 2016 Kentucky State Fair Aug. 18-28. The Kentucky State Parks booth will offer prize drawings for visitors. “The Kentucky State Fair is a great opportunity for people to find out more about our park system,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said. “We invite everyone to come by our booth in the South Wing and learn more about their favorite park.” The...

Governor’s shakeup of livestock expo leadership draws criticism, fears about future

  Fair Board President and North American International Livestock Exposition Executive Committee Chairman Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe presides over the committee meeting on Aug. 11, 2015. (Photo by James McNair/KyCIR)   By James McNair Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting   A governor’s order that triggered a leadership shakeup at the North American International Livestock...

Success of Boone Co. 4-H’s Sale of Champions shows a new generation is embracing farming

By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   For anyone who thinks a new generation is not stepping up to the plate in the agriculture world, they need not look any farther than Boone County to see that’s not the case.   Youth from all across the Northern Kentucky county – near one of the largest metropolitan areas in the Midwest – participated in this year’s 4-H Sale...

Kentucky State Fair opens for 112th time
in Louisville; get ready for 162 hours of fun

Fair Bears have traveled the state this year to promote the 112th Kentucky State Fair opening Aug. 14. (Photo from KSF/Facebook)   A tradition since 1902, the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville opens Thursday, Aug. 14, at 7 a.m. and closes Sunday, Aug. 24, at 11 p.m. In those 10 days of festivity are more than 162 hours of midway rides, funnel cakes, corn dogs, horse shows, exhibits, vendors, concerts...

With $44 million renovation nearly complete, Kentucky Kingdom set to reopen May 24

With final stages of a $44 million renovation nearly complete, Kentucky Kingdom amusement park in Louisville is set to reopen May 24, the start of Memorial Day weekend.   With 20 new rides and attractions among a total of more than 50, Kentucky Kingdom and its award-winning Hurricane Bay waterpark will be open seven days a week from Memorial Day weekend through Aug. 13. Kentucky Kingdom remains...

State Fair offers something for everyone from rides, pumpkin contests to champion horses

World’s Championship Horse Show at the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 18-24. (Photo provided)   Staff report   The 111-year-old Kentucky State Fair opens Thursday, Aug. 15 in Louisville at the State Fair and Exposition Center and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.   Opening the Main Stage concerts series, always a huge feature of the fair, will be Alan Jackson and Gary Allan on their “Thirty...

Growing number of people, groups support efforts to raise industrial hemp in Kentucky

(Photo from Creative Commons)   By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   The idea of growing industrial hemp once again in Kentucky is getting a lot of attention thanks mostly to a growing number of advocates.     In fact, bills have now been filed in both the state House and Senate that would allow farmers in Kentucky to raise the crop once again in the event federal restrictions...