FRANKFORT -- July 1 was the deadline to enter exhibits at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair at the regular fee of $15 per exhibitor.

For the second year in a row, the state fair, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the University of Kentucky (UK) Cooperative Extension Service will transport exhibits to Louisville from five locations across the commonwealth.

"Getting to the state fair is a challenge for many Kentuckians who live far from Louisville or who have transportation issues," Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. "This service will enable many people to participate in their state fair where they otherwise might not be able to. We are pleased to once again work with our partners at UK and the Kentucky State Fair to provide this service."

To participate in the drop-off service, exhibitors need to contact a drop-off site between July 10 and 29 after submitting their entry form and fee. Exhibits must be delivered to a drop-off location from July 29 to Aug. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. KDA employees are scheduled to deliver the exhibits to the Kentucky Exposition Center by Aug. 9.

The drop-off locations are:

• The Christian County Extension Office in Hopkinsville;

• The Laurel County Extension Office in London;

• The McCracken County Extension Office in Paducah;

• The Montgomery County Extension Office in Mt. Sterling; and

• The Taylor County Extension Office in Campbellsville.

The program does not include 4-H and FFA exhibits. Members must go through those organizations to exhibit.

For more information, including a drop-off entry form, packing and labeling instructions for return of exhibited items, and a list of exhibits that may and may not be shipped under the program, go to kyagr.com/marketing/show-and-fair.html. For further questions about the program, contact the KDA's Michelle Hansford at michelle.hansford@ky.gov or 502-782-4136.

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