Inspectors checking rides before Bluegrass Fair opens

They are gearing up for some big fun.

The Bluegrass Fair opens at Masterson Station Park on Leestown Road in Lexington Thursday.

But before the rides begin, state officials have to make sure everything is safe.

Inspectors from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture are at the fair Wednesday, checking out every ride.

There will be 40 rides at the fair this year, including "The Giant Wheel" and "The Drop Zone."

The fair will also feature a petting zoo and magic shows.

There's also a new attraction this year.

"We have the Flores Thrill Show, which is the motorcycle echo in a steel cage and at one point they have two motorcycles at the same time," Michael Kaplan of the Bluegrass Fair said.

Admission for the fair will be $5, and children under 6 years old will get in free.

Parking for the fair is also free.

The fair will run through July 25. Gates open at 5 p.m. during the week, and at 3 p.m. on weekends.

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