Kentucky State Fair Helping Local Communities

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Thousands of people are attending the Kentucky State Fair...

"It's been heavy", says Logan County resident Regina Phillips.

...Including residents of local communities wanting to get their town's name out.

"We are trying to promote the assets of our community, city, county, and tourism... and what the hidden treasures of the area are", says Regina Phillips.

Because, getting some of these fair-goers to visit these communities equals one huge thing!

"The almighty tourism dollars!", says Melvin Perkins, who was helping with the Edmonson County booth.

Melvin Perkins is representing Mammoth Cave Hotel, which is located in Edmonson County.

The Kentucky State Fair is just one event they go to to bring in more tourists to their area and Melvin says it works!

"We see people that come in and say we saw you at the Cincinnati show, or we saw you here, we saw you there", says Melvin Perkins.

Whether it be having a number of local residents at the booths to talk to fair-goers...

"Each person has a different aspect that they can bring to it when people ask questions and they can share their own personal experiences", says Debbie Griffiths, who was helping with the Hart County booth.

...Or, having fun exhibits to show-off like Franklin's miniature golf exhibit letting people know about its well-known golf course.

"We have been extremely busy! We have had golfers lined up all morning long. It's been extremely popular and has been all week", says Cheryl Reels, of Franklin.

It's all for one reason!

"We hope to get the word out!", says Cheryl Reels.

Bringing in tourists and money to the local communities...

"It's very competitive to get that almighty tourism dollar", says Melvin Perkins.

And, of course, just promoting their local communities.

"We know what's there, and most of the time people do, but outside of the county, unless you're out there talking to the public, they don't know!", says Regina Phillips.

Last year the Kentucky State Fair brought in around 615,000 people.

If you haven't made it this year, you haven't missed out! The fair will be going on all weekend long and includes a free concert at Cardinal Stadium tonight, with Switchfoot and guest Emerson Hart.
Saturday night's concert is at the same time and location and features Blake Shelton and Tracy Lawrence.

Stay tuned to WBKO. On Saturday we'll take a closer look at some area kids who competed at this year's Kentucky State Fair!

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