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By Bobby Ellis
bobby.ellis@education.ky.gov

Another year, another Kentucky State Fair under the belt. 

As cows and sheep paraded in front of judges, toddlers ate ice cream cones and played in the fountain in front of Freedom Hall, while others grabbed free souvenirs from booths. 

The fair comes to Louisville every year, but there always seems to be something new and surprising to find as a photographer when I go there. The variety of people that I get to meet also means that the fair is never a dull time. 

At the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) booth, “Buster the Bus” was a hit, as always, with children. 

“That bus is talking to you,” parents would say as Buster rolled out from behind the table, speaking to different kids. 

Fairgoers also got the chance to meet other guests at the KDE booth, such as Commissioner Stephen Pruitt and Kellie Clark, the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. 

So, after a week of deep fried food, rides and candy, here are a few fun things we saw at the Kentucky State Fair. 

Commissioner Stephen Pruitt, left, Chief Performance Officer Karen Dodd, and Education Consultant Lacheena Carothers speak with visitors to the Kentucky Department of Education booth at the 2017 Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Fairgoers ride the swings at the carnival at the Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Lizzie Turner, a student at New Castle Elementary (Henry County), practices with her sheep before a show.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Kaylee Corder, a student at Northern Middle School (Pulaski County) rides a stuffed horse in the south wing of the Expo Center.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Maria Wilkerson, a student at Taylor County High School, looks at an antique camera on display in the Expo Center of Freedom Hall in Louisville.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Mollie Helfman enjoys an ice cream cone at the Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
A group of children play in the fountain in front of Louisville’s Freedom Hall.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Morgan County’s Kenyian Fugate, left, and Bradley Nickel wash Super Bull, in the cow bathing area at the Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Lillianne Valentine, of the Phoenix School of Discovery (Jefferson County), poses as Abraham Lincoln.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Caroline Falknar, of Powell County, holds her puppy Riley as she plays in the cow barn at the Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Laurea Rose, a student at Montgomery County High School, shows off her knot tying skills to Taylor George as she takes care of her cow after a show.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
A group of fairgoers buy Icees while visiting the 2017 Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Sophia Owens, of Louisville, plays in a go-kart while touring the South Wing of the Expo Center at the Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Ava Johnson, left, and Skylar Childs play with toy cars in the Kentucky Main Street area of the Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Andrew Mann, of Winchester, plays with a toy machine gun at the World War I Centennial display.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 24, 2017
Jackson Curth, of Louisville, pets Buster the Bus while visiting the Kentucky Department of Education’s booth.
Photo by Bobby Ellis. Aug. 24, 2017

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