Construction could cause major traffic impact during Bluegrass Fair

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - In July, more than 50,000 people are expected to flood Lexington for the annual Bluegrass Fair at Masterson Station Park.

This year, though, it comes in the middle of a construction project on Leestown Road, so organizers have come up with a way they hope will help you get around the traffic.

The fair has been around for 54 years, and the fair manager, Ron Mossotti, says the traffic issue won't stop it. Mossotti says the potential gridlock is a necessary inconvenience, but he expects to have the same attendance, if not more, than previous years.

To alleviate a possible traffic jam, there is an alternate route. Lexington Police say you can enter from the back entrance of Masterson Station Park by getting on Spurr Road and turning onto Shamrock Lane.

But, even some local travelers are unfamiliar with that route.

"I've never came that way, so I doubt it. I'll be coming down Leestown Road," one person told us.

"I'm just going to go the way I know," another weighs in.

Some hope the new entrance will help alleviate traffic.

"I think that road isn't used too much, so hopefully that'll be a good thing for people trying to get to the fair," they said.

"I know they did a great job with Keeneland and Versailles had all that traffic, so hopefully, they'll be able to manage in the same way," another commented.

Fair organizers are also working with Lextran to help with traffic issues. The fair begins July 10.