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County Fair Program

Shows and Fairs

County Fair Program

The Kentucky State Aid to Local Agricultural Fairs Program came into being in 1962, created by an act of the General Assembly. The program is designed to promote local agricultural fairs through grants of State funds. The Commissioner of Agriculture has charge of the Aid to Fairs Program, and it is administered by the Department of Agriculture's Division of Shows and Fairs.

The Commissioner is advised on matters concerning administration of the program by the Kentucky Fair Council, a group composed of various government and agricultural leaders.

Grants made to local agricultural fairs through the program are calculated on a matching funds basis with each dollar of State funds being matched with funds from the local area. The amount of any grant is based on the amount spent by the local fair board in the four qualifying areas listed in the grant section.