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Take A Gander Kentucky State Fair

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KENTUCKY State Fair AUGUST 20-29, 1987 Take A Gander!
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Illustrations of white geese heads in clothing underneath red and blue text on yellow background.

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Unofficially starting in 1816, the first officially marked date of the Kentucky State Fair started in 1902. It was one of the oldest state fairs in the United States and frequently sees hundreds of thousands of guests every year. Since its official start date, the fair has only been canceled three times since. Once in 1904 when a lawsuit tied up funds they would have gone to the fair. It was also canceled in 1942 and 1943 due to World War Two and many fairgrounds being co-opted for the war effort.


Harris, R. (2019, August 19). 117 years, 115 fairs: The history - and mystery - of the Kentucky state fair. WHAS11.

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