I was driving at night in the cool of the night, getting ever farther from home. Soon it would be light, shining ever so bright, shining on the capitol dome. Which means I was practically there at the Kentucky Fair! Haven’t had this feeling all year! It was just past the bend, past the very next bend, yes the very last bend! I got the old jalopy in gear.
I’m here! I’m here! I’m here! I’m here! I’m here!
This was my first trip to the Kentucky State Fair, and I’ll bet dollars to donuts it’s the best state fair in this state. It was huge! I had been to Kentucky Kingdom a couple of years ago, but since the time I could get off work just happened to coincide with the fair dates, I decided to make it happen. I was not disappointed in the fair itself, and it served as a great first day to a fantastic road trip, with some new parks, some old favourites, and some good times seeing the sights in between park days.
It's like Comic-Con, if the only superhero were Super Belt Buckle Man!
The fair is basically in a convention center.
There's a whole Kingdom outside.
Noted for later.
Oh man, I love these cakes.
Yeah, and all of this too.
Winner! Literally. This won. Of course it did, look at it!
At the Fair you can learn all about beef production...
...and then experience the results.
WATCH THE TRACTOR-TRAM PLEASE!
Warning: Animals ahead!
What the f*ck, Kentucky?
Some good looking veggies over here.
Oh yeah, they all surely were! It was LOUD in there.
The cow barn was great. There wasn't anything separating you from the cows, but they were all docile and of course no one touched. This isn't a petting zoo.
Okay, I guess y'all want to see some rides too.
When I come to Kentucky, I expect to see a four wheeler next to something casually racist. This hit the spot.
Best fair coaster ever.
Holy crap, TWO casually racist coasters? Kentucky has outdone themselves.
I Rode a few things at the fair, not any of the coasters, as they were all for children, but they had some good flats, including two Ali Babas, two Claws, and two Himalayas. In fact, they had two of almost all the flats, which made for some short lines.
Just before 4, I headed over to Kentucky Kingdom, and pulled up their website to do some last minute planning. And they were closed for weather. Now, it had stopped raining about 1:30 that afternoon, no other storms in the forecast. Kentucky Kingdom was scheduled to be open 4-9, so they totally had time to get it all ready, but they chose to close the park for the whole day. Disappointing, but I get it. There probably wouldn't have been too many people in the park that day, so they likely would have lost money. But it didn't have anything to do with weather, that was for sure.
What to do with the extra time?
Hmm...this'll do nicely, I think.
Yep, this'll do.
And is this a food truck I see?
Nothing gets over the disappointment of a closed theme park quite like lobster rolls, beer, and bourbon.
The local news was filming as well.
And while I'm here, why not take in a show?
The acrobats were pretty great.
So a slightly disappointing first day of the trip, but nevertheless I made my own fun. Rain would threaten for most of this trip, which would make for an amazing time, starting the very next day at Kings Island.
Lobsta? Interesting take on the word. Yeah, it really sounds NE.
Actually, there's a lot there, that our PNE used to have. Like judging contests on everything from home crafts to baked goods, pickling, etc. But when they rezoned the area for more "green space" several major buildings on the grounds took a hit, and got levelled. A couple of them used to have all the hobbie craft displays and food displays. Nice to see they're still happening.
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