State Fair Offers New Acts, New Rides

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - There's no need to search for the newest entertainment at the Kentucky State Fair - it will go looking for you.

Roving acts have been signed to move around the Kentucky Expo Center grounds and give impromptu performances, according to Amanda Storment, spokeswoman for the State Fair Board. Traveling acts include a 9-foot-3-inch robot named Rock-it that sings and boogies, a group of percussionists playing on cans and pans and Dana Smith, a comedic juggler whose dog, Lacey, jumps through hoops.

A new midway operator, North American Midway Entertainment, will offer about 100 new rides.

One day during the fair will be geared toward Hispanic people. "La Caliente" on Aug. 26 will offer special Latin-themed music and entertainment on stage in the South Wing C lobby.

The 103rd edition of the fair, which opens Thursday and goes through Aug. 26, will also offer all the favorites.

Barbara Reiter and her younger sister, Betsy, both of Louisville, have been entering Kentucky State Fair competitions for more than 30 years - and winning more blue ribbons than they can count.

But for Barbara Reiter, the fair is "a time to see a lot of old friends you see only once a year."

The sisters expect to be at the fair nearly every day of its run checking on friends - and maybe collecting more blue ribbons.

About 40,000 entries have been submitted for judging, with about 22,000 ribbons up for grabs, including some in a new antique category: Kentucky black history memorabilia.

Maria Palmer, a southern Louisville resident, is entering a 1939 "Southern Cookbook: 322 Old Dixie Recipes" that she bought at an
estate sale.

Her favorite recipe is for 12,000 gallons of burgoo, with "ingredients" including squirrels and the waving of a rabbit's foot over the concoction.

Palmer, who previously has entered textiles and culinary items, said that she "went to the fair every year as a kid. I loved Freddy Farm Bureau."

Meanwhile, popular commercial exhibits - hundreds of booths offering everything from political promotions and eyeglass cleaners to toasted almonds and giveaways - have been moved to the South Wing.

Expo Center buildings are air-conditioned. The weather forecast for the fair will be "typically hot," said National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Dattilo.

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