I don’t know why they call it fair, when it’s really superb. Every year, in late August, the Kentucky State Fair brings out the stalwarts who brave summer heat, to enjoy the multitude of attractions. This year will be no exception, except that it will be exceptionally hot. Record high temperatures have scorched nearly everything, but our enthusiasm. But then, the whole country is burning up, so forget it and come on down for some distracting fun. I may be preaching to the choir here, but just in case you’re from waaay out of town, there is something for everyone at this two-plus week gala, and most of it is under roof and comfortable.
Music fans are treated to a dizzying array of great concerts. A great State Fair tradition that has been going on for years, the choices for 2010 are exciting: Headliners Tim McGraw, Rascal Flats, Charlie Daniels and the Oak Ridge Boys, to name just a few. There will be lots of music going on in the restaurant-sponsored tents, too. Horse shows, livestock, and exhibits galore make our State Fair another outstanding reason for coming to Louisville in August, specifically the 19th-29th. Be sure to check out the ugly lamp contest contenders. It’s a hoot.
In fact, there is so much to see and do that you probably want to stay a night or two. Furthermore, you might want to make it a Bed and Breakfast getaway. If you’re a B&B regular, you know what I mean. If you have been thinking about a B&B stay, but just haven’t done it yet, you are in for a real treat. Hotels are nice, often, bland perhaps. You know how that $95 room turned into $150 because the parking was $18 and the movie was $12.99, and you never saw the same person twice? All B&B Inns are unique. The people who greet your arrival are the ones who help you find things around town, serve your gourmet breakfast in the morning, and see you on your way. B&B Inns are like visiting with some very good friends who have a great house. Just, please, don’t call us in the middle of the night, because it’s just me and Mama here and we have to get up early to fix breakfast. We don’t have a night clerk.
Watch these pages in the months ahead for exciting happenings in our town and around the area. The FEI Equestrian Games, aka, the Horse Olympics, is coming in September. That will be centered at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, just 75 miles east on I64 to I75. The annual St. James Court Art Show, in the heart of Old Louisville, convenes again on the first weekend in October. It is one of the oldest and best of its kind. Breeder’s Cup, thoroughbred racing’s richest weekend is here, at Churchill Downs again this year, too. November 5-6 are the dates for that event. Whatever brings you to Louisville, Possibility City, we want you to be glad you came and leave with a desire to come again. There is always a lot going on.