Commissioner of Agriculture, Ryan Quarles along with the Kentucky State Fair Board has submitted a proposal to hold the State Fair. According to a statement released today, the board submitted a plan to Governor Beshear to hold the fair in a way that respects public health guidelines set in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the official plan regarding the State Fair has not been finalized, the Fair Board says they are committed to putting the health of the public first.

Commissioner Quarles stated he is “particularly pleased with the way the Fair Board has worked with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture to hear the concerns of the agriculture community who desperately wish to maintain great traditions like our livestock shows while respecting social distancing guidelines.”

Quarles adds that he hopes the Fair Board and Governor Beshear’s administration can enter a back and forth conversation as soon as possible. The State Fair has been held in Louisville since 1907 and has not been canceled since 1943.

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