FRANKFORT, Ky. – Several agencies within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet will have a presence at the 2013 Kentucky State Fair Aug. 15-25.


The Kentucky Department of Parks, Office of Adventure Tourism, Department of Travel and Tourism, Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Historical Society will have exhibits and booths for fair visitors. All will be in the South Wing, except for the Kentucky HistoryMobile, which will be in the South Wing parking lot.


 Kentucky State Parks will have coupons and special park offers for guests. Park recreation staff will be on hand to discuss topics ranging from reptiles to pioneer history at parks and golf pros will be there on Fridays and Saturdays to provide information about the park system’s 16 courses. Guests will also be able to register for door prizes.

Each day, one or two state parks will be featured so visitors can learn more about them and the lodging, camping and recreation programs that are offered.


The Office of Adventure Tourism will share space with state parks and provide visitors with information from some of Kentucky’s top outdoor destinations, including the two certified Kentucky Trail Towns, Dawson Springs and Livingston.  Pick up one of the new Unbridled Adventure Guides.  The Office of Adventure Tourism is asking visitors to complete a short survey and be registered to win one of three prizes:  A Kentucky Adventure Tourism long sleeve t-shirt, a corn hole board set or a weekend getaway. 


The Department of Travel and Tourism will have a booth in the South Wing near the Pride of the Counties. Visitors can receive maps, brochures and Kentucky Visitors Guides.


The Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will have a booth where visitors can purchase licenses and permits and get the latest fishing and hunting reports from experts in the field. Bring the kids and shoot on the Crosman air rifle range or test your skills on the hunting simulator.  Mark your calendar for Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to noon when coaches Joe B. Hall and Denny Crum will broadcast their radio show. Bring the family on Aug. 22 from noon to 1:30 p.m. to visit with Kentucky Afield host Tim Farmer. For diehard deer hunters, RealTree’s William Brantley will be in the booth to talk big bucks and give away some decals and autographed hats on Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. Stay connected to keep up on other guest appearances and events on facebook.com/kdfwr and on twitter @kyfishwildlife


The Kentucky Historical Society will have the HistoryMobile at the South Wing parking lot. This traveling history lab houses the interpretive exhibition “Torn Within and Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era.” This exhibit is aimed at school-age children and explores the difficult decisions facing Kentuckians during the Civil War. Scheduling a visit is easy, just contact the HistoryMobile coordinator at stuart.sanders@ky.gov or 502-564-1792. This is a first come, first serve service, so schools are encouraged to schedule a visit early.


For more information about the Kentucky State Fair, visit www.kystatefair.org.





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