LOUISIVLLE, KY (WAVE) – Piece by piece, crews unloaded, aligned and assembled a stage Tuesday inside Cardinal Stadium.
But when concert-goers head out to enjoy the performances, they will cheer their favorite music stars on from closer than ever before.
"The Turf Series is new," said Kentucky State Fair Bard President and CEO Rip Rippetoe. "We're all going to be out on the field together."
According to Rippetoe, the new Turf Concert Series will consist of ten free concerts out on the turf of Cardinal Stadium.
"We're not going to use the stands any longer because they have reached a state of disrepair that would take so much money," began Rippetoe. "We wanted to create a better, intimate experience and move folks out on the field"
The new perks don't stop there. For the first time, Louisville Food Truck Association vendors will also be allowed to set up shop in field. Moving fans out of the stands, however, also meant moving livestock from stalls housed beneath the stadium.
"We've temporarily relocated into spring structures," said Rippetoe. "Those have been assembled. We've moved our horses for the competition for the World Championship Horseshow into those stalls."
According to the Kentucky Fair Board president, the stadium seating changes will not create capacity issues.
"We'll have seating for over ten thousand folks," said Rippetoe.
In addition to plenty of seating, this year's fair will also offer ample parking; for the first time at a discounted rate.
Fridays through Sundays during the fair, free parking will be offered at the Green Lot of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. From there, fairgoers can take a free shuttle to the Kentucky Exposition Center. Also during the weekends, fairgoers can pay $5 to park across the street from the fairgrounds in the lot of the former Executive Inn on Phillips Lane. Complimentary shuttle service will also be offered from this lot. Parking on the campus of the Kentucky Exposition Center will cost $8 everyday.
"During the week days, you'll be able to come in any of our four or five gates that will be open," said Rippetoe. "You can enter off of Crittenden Drive or off of Preston Highway or through our Gate 1 area off of the freeway."
Rippetoe said the Kentucky State Fair Board came up with the different parking options in an effort to ease traffic congestion during the 10 day event.
Inside the Kentucky Exposition Center, the 2013 Kentucky State Fair will also include a new 7,000 square foot exhibition entitled "Conveying Progress: The Centennial of the Moving Assembly Line."
"We do original content every year when it comes to celebrating the history and the origin of the Commonwealth and this year we're going to have a great exhibit focusing on the 100 year anniversary of the assembly line," said Rippetoe. "We have a great impact and contribution Ford and from the UAW here locally. We have just a tremendous, great exhibit here in South Wing B."
Rippetoe said Civil War reenactments will also be held during the fair in South Wing B.
The Kentucky State Fair will run from Thursday, August 15 to Sunday, August 25. For ticket information, concert line-ups, and other details, visit http://www.kystatefair.org.
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