Bluegrass Fair expects big turnout as pandemic restrictions ease

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – For the first time in two years, there are carnival rides and good vendors at Masterson Station Park. The Lexington Lions Club Bluegrass Fair opened Thursday for a ten-day run.

Organizers say they only realized a couple of months ago that it would be possible to stage a fair this year. They waited for months to make decisions based on how the COVID-19 pandemic was progressing. But Fair Chairman Mac Ferguson says they were able to book all of the attractions fair-goers have to come to expect.

He anticipates a big turnout this year, with people eager to attend public events again.

“People are chomping at the bit and they’re just ready to have some fun,” Ferguson said.

Alexis King of Lexington was the first person in line when the gates opened Thursday. She agreed that it’s good to be in a crowd again. admitting that she felt cooped up by the months of COVID-19 restrictions.

“This is a fun escape, kind of like recess at school when you’re sitting there all day and at the end of the day you get to go outside and play,” King said.

Ferguson says all of the profits from the fair are divided among more than 20 local charities that support vision services and food insecurity. In a typical year, that is anywhere from $150,000 to $175,000 returned to the community. He says the Lions Club was disappointed not to be able to make that donation last year when the fair had to be canceled.

To see the complete fair schedule and discount offers, go to thebluegrassfair.com.

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