LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - This year's Bluegrass Fair got off to somewhat of a slow start, but there are still a few days left to come out and enjoy the festivities.
In the days leading up to this year's fair, some worried that construction on Leestown Road would make it harder to get to Masterson Station Park. But surprisingly, traffic wasn't what initially kept people away. Fair officials say it was the fear of traffic.
Low attendance was reported over opening weekend, but this week's near perfect weather made up for that slack, as crowds packed the park.
Now that less than perfect weather is predicted this weekend, officials are hoping fair go-ers don't get scared off again.
"Patronizing the Lions Club Bluegrass Fair helps the Lions Club and all they do in central Kentucky," says Barry Bronson, Lions Bluegrass Fair Communications Director. "These proceeds are staying in central Kentucky. So, in the Lions Club Pavilion we're doing free eye screenings, free hearing screenings, handing out literature and we're also handing out hearing aid batteries."
The fair opens at 5:00 p.m. Friday and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Organizers have two alternate routes to the fair to avoid traffic woes. Rather than heading out Leestown Road, they suggest people follow Georgetown Road to Spurr Road, then follow Spurr Road to the back entrance of Masterson Station Park.
Drivers can also follow Old Frankfort Pike to Alexandria Drive to Trailwood Lane to McConnell's Trace. That will bring drivers right to the main entrance of the fairgrounds while avoiding Leestown Road.