It’s that time of year again: The Kentucky State Fair

August is a month that generally brings to mind going back to school, the return of fall, and new beginnings. In Kentucky, August also reminds us of one thing: the Kentucky State Fair. Beginning in 1902, the Kentucky State Fair has been a longstanding tradition for many residents of our state. From it's first location at Churchill Downs to it's current residence at the State Fairgrounds, the Fair has been something to look forward to for many years. The Filson Historical Society has a few items on display at this year's fair related to pioneer life and early distilling and your's truly entered a quilt into competition.

In honor of the fair (which is running from August 14-24), I have gathered a few images from our collection. I'm always a fan of photographs and prints from years past because of the glimpse into history it gives us.

Aerial view of the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center, undated. From the Al Blunk Collection. 996PC13

Aerial view of the Kentucky State Fair and Exposition Center, undated. From the Al Blunk Collection. 996PC13

Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center at State Fairgrounds, Louisville, Kentucky. Ca. 1968

Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center at State Fairgrounds, Louisville, Kentucky. Ca. 1968

Grandstand Stadium of the new Kentucky State Fair Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Jimmie Wallace. Ca. 1959

Grandstand Stadium of the new Kentucky State Fair Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky. Photo by Jimmie Wallace. Ca. 1959

Jamie Evans

Jamie Evans is the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator at The Filson Historical Society. When she isn’t working on publications for The Filson, you can find her behind her sewing machine or out on the roads training for her next big race.

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