Fair officials suggest alternate traffic routes

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - For workers setting up at Masterson Station Park, it's crunch time. The Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair starts Thursday.

"We're expecting about 50,000 people, so there's a lot to be done between now and Thursday night," said Bluegrass Fair spokesman Barry Bronson.

All those people will have plenty of parking.

"We move them in pretty fast," Bronson said.

They've got field after field blocked off and ready to start taking on cars, but driving to the fairgrounds could be difficult. Construction will continue on the Leestown Road widening project during the fair. It's been slowing down traffic along Leestown Road for months. Transportation Cabinet officials urged people to allow plenty of time if they're heading to the fair. A spokesperson for the fair says they've come up with a plan.

"It's been going on a long time. It's going to go on for a long time. There was no way around it," Bronson said.

Rather than heading out Leestown Road, they're suggesting people follow Georgetown Road to Spurr Road, then follow Spurr Road to the back entrance of Masterson Station Park. They could 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. Organizers are hoping everyone makes it to the finish line with plenty of time to enjoy those fair favorites

"Funnel cakes about every 30 feet," Bronson said.

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