LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - From storing your vehicle to getting through the gates attending this year's 110th Kentucky State Fair will come at a price. However, Kentucky State Fair Board Marking and Communications Vice President Amanda Storment says, this year especially, it will all be worth it.
"No other state fair offers an amusement park," said Storment. "It's $10 full price for adults at the gate and $6 for children and seniors, $8 for parking."
For the first time in five years, guests will be able to visit the state fair and Kentucky Kingdom. That's welcomed news to college students April Howard and Mason Turlington who plan on attending while back in town on summer break.
"I like the concerts," said Howard. "The concerts are fun."
The Louisville natives will find that unlike years past, ride tickets used at the fair for carnival attractions will not be accepted at Kentucky Kingdom. Instead, fairgoers headed to the amusement park will have one of two options: free entry if they are Kentucky Kingdom season ticket holders; discounted entry if they are not.
"This year it's a separate ticket," said Storment. "You'll pay admission into the Kentucky State Fair. You can go to Kentucky Kingdom for $9.95. They will give you a wristband and you can ride all the rides at Kentucky Kingdom for $9.95 during the Kentucky State Fair. If you're a season pass holder, then that season pass will work during the Kentucky State Fair at Kentucky Kingdom. You will have to pay admission to the state fair."
The discounted rate, however, comes with discounted offerings.
"A lot of people come and they want to ride those carnival midway rides but in addition they really want to go to the kingdom, ride all those rides," began Storment. "Now, the kingdom water park will not be open during the fair but at the same time they've got all the rides up and running during the fair."
"I'd still take part in that," said Turlington.
While that did not scare away some visitors, it did not sit well with everyone Thursday.
"What about the people who have season passes," questioned New Albany resident Linda Mattox. "We can't use it?"
Mattox, a single mother, said her family invested in season passes hoping to save money.
"We can come like ten times in a month instead of once a year," said Devon Wade, Mattox's 13-year-old son.
Mattox said not being able to access Hurricane Bay during the fair is a let down to her family.
"It really stinks," said Mattox. "They're scared of heights. They just want to go be in the water."
Kentucky Kingdom officials did not wish to speak on camera Thursday but stated discounted ticket sales will likely begin in August. Meanwhile state fair board members said discounted presale fair tickets would go on sale at Kentucky and southern Indiana Kroger's stores starting July 6.
"We think it's going to be just a great year for the Kentucky State Fair and Kentucky Kingdom together," said Storment.
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