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Visitors at the Kentucky State Fair can try delicious, healthy Kentucky Proud recipes and learn about some of the services the Kentucky Department of Agriculture provides for consumers and farmers during the 107th edition of the state fair Aug. 18-28 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
“The Kentucky State Fair is Kentucky agriculture’s time to shine,” Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. “It’s also the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s time to show the public some of the things we do for every Kentuckian every day.”
Commissioner Farmer and M. Scott Smith, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, will open the fair by launching Plate It Up, Kentucky Proud at the Commodity Breakfast on Aug. 18. The Plate It Up, Kentucky Proud program is intended to encourage Kentuckians to prepare traditional recipes with a new wrinkle using fresh, nutritious Kentucky Proud foods. Plate It Up, Kentucky Proud recipes will be featured in demonstrations at the Kentucky Beef CouncilÅfs stage in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center during the state fair. Information and recipe cards will be available at the UK College of AgricultureÅfs exhibit in the West Hall lobby and the Kentucky Department of AgricultureÅfs display in the South Wing.
Kentucky Proud vendors will give product demonstrations and offer samples of their foods in the West Hall. Kentucky commodity organizations will sell representative samples of their products at The Great Kentucky Cook Out Tent. Also in the West Hall, the Department will present a Ågfarm-to-tableÅh display – an antique tractor surrounded by some of KentuckyÅfs outstanding farm products. The Kentucky Proud farmersÅf market will be back at its usual location outside the corner of the West Hall.
In the South Wing, the Department’s regulation and inspection division will show its large scale truck and other implements. An agritourism display will highlight Kentucky’s many fun, family-friendly farm destinations. Environmental services staff will be available to talk to fairgoers about bed bugs, emerald ash borer, and other pests. The agriculture education division will feature the mobile science activity center, which travels to schools throughout the state offering students the opportunity to conduct agricultural investigations, and its one-of-a-kind rollover tractor simulator.
Staff from the DepartmentÅfs Division of Show and Fair Promotion will help work the livestock shows at the fair. Department employees also will work the skillathons and judging contests. Staff from the Office of the State Veterinarian will check health papers for every animal thatÅfs brought to the fair to be shown.
Exhibitors who show Kentucky livestock will be eligible for additional premiums through the Kentucky Proud Livestock Tag Program.
A Kentucky Proud champion and reserve champion will be named in beef, dairy, goats, sheep, and swine.