The spectacular state fair

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Bobby Ellis
bobby.ellis@education.ky.gov

The cows were mooing, the pigs were oinking and the fatty food was frying during the Kentucky State Fair.

For 10 days, children and young adults from around the state competed in everything from cattle and horse shows, to beauty pageants and photography contests. There also were booths for everyone, including one for the Kentucky Department of Education.

There’s really nothing like a fair to bring people together. Parents and children bathed animals together, helped each other eat melting ice cream cones and spent hours looking at different exhibits after celebrating the ribbon they won.

Overall, it was a rather spectacular state fair.

Fair goers walk through the sky bridge to the main exhibit hall at the Kentucky State Fair. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Fair goers walk through the sky bridge to the main exhibit hall at the Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Commissioner Stephen Pruitt drives "Buster the Bus" down through a row of booths at the Kentucky State Fair. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 25, 2016
Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt drives “Buster the Bus” down a row of booths at the Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 25, 2016
Students from King Elementary (Jefferson County) pose with props at the Kentucky Department of Education booth at the Kentucky State Fair. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 25, 2016
Students from King Elementary (Jefferson County) pose with props at the Kentucky Department of Education booth.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 25, 2016
Sarah Hunt, right, holds a melting ice cream cone Heather Houseman as the two take a break during the State Fair. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Sarah Hunt, right, holds a melting ice cream cone for Heather Houseman as the two take a break during the state fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Johnny Brushaber, of Jefferson County, points out Pokemon figurines used to decorate a fish tank on exhibit at the State Fair. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Johnny Brushaber, of Jefferson County, points out Pokemon figurines used to decorate a fish tank on exhibit.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Ayla Janney peeks over the top of her cow Shake it For Me while giving her a bath before the start of the dairy cattle show. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Ayla Janney peeks over the top of her cow, Shake it For Me, while giving her a bath before the start of the dairy cattle show.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Kaylee Blackburn, of Oldham County, brushes off Wendy the cow after giving her a bath before the start of the cattle show. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Kaylee Blackburn, of Oldham County, brushes off Wendy the cow after giving her a bath before the start of the cattle show.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Luke Buckley rides his big wheel in between two rows of cows during the first day of the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016.
Luke Buckley rides his big wheel in between two rows of cows during the first day of the Kentucky State Fair in Louisville.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016.
Owen County Fair Queen Veronica Chisolm takes a selfie after adjusting her crown during the Junior Mister and Miss State Fair Pageant. County fair pageant winners are given scholarships to different universities depending on what place they come in during their respective pageants and many work to support different charities during their time holding the crown. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Owen County Fair Queen Veronica Chisolm takes a selfie after adjusting her crown during the Junior Mister and Miss State Fair Pageant. County fair pageant winners are given scholarships to different universities depending on where they place in their respective pageants and many work to support different charities during their time holding the crown.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Olivia Sandqvist reacts after finding out that her photo won grand champion in her division and was awarded the best color digital print at the Kentucky State Fair. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016
Olivia Sandqvist reacts after finding out that her photo won grand champion in her division and was awarded the best color digital print at the Kentucky State Fair.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 18, 2016

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