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Kentucky State Fair gets greenlight with ‘more normal’ plans for 2021

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    LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (WLKY) — The votes are in: The Kentucky State Fair is happening this year.

Kentucky Ag. Commissioner Ryan Quarles tweeted the news on Thursday. He said the board voted unanimously to move forward with planning a “2019-style, more normal” style of fair.

Last year’s fair was closed to the general public due to COVID-19. There were also fewer competitors and reduced operating hours.

So it sounds like plans for now would include fairgoers, rides and more potentially.

Quarles did say that with this vote, there is the understanding that they will scale back plans if needed.

“It’s always easier to scale back an event than to try to ramp it up quickly,” Quarles said.

He also said, “It’s my strong feeling that the fair will serve as a unifying event for both urban and rural parts of our state to come together and celebrate what’s best about our people and our traditions this fall.”

Just recently, Gov. Andy Beshear loosened restrictions on massive gatherings to 50% capacity — which could change by the time of the fair.

The fair dates are set for Aug. 19 to Aug. 29 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

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