Bluegrass Fair opens Thursday with first roller coaster in 20 years

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) – The Bluegrass Fair is back this year with new rides and entertainment after having to cancel last year due to the pandemic.

We are now less than a day away from the official opening of the Bluegrass Fair, put on by Lexington Lion’s Club, officials tell us it’s better than ever and this year.

Opening on the 10th and running through the 20th, the Bluegrass Fair is back with plenty of food, games, and new rides which includes the all-new Python Rollercoaster.

According to Mac Ferguson, the fair chairman, the Python is the first coaster in 20 years for the fair.

While many businesses and industries have struggled with hiring more staff coming out of the pandemic, Ferguson says their ride company, Kissel Entertainment, is expecting the fair to run as smoothly as years past with minimal wait times.

Even if rain affects some days of the fair, Ferguson says he is still excited to raise money from this event for the community.

“Everything we earn out here, we don’t keep it. It goes right back into the community,” Ferguson said. “On a good average year, we’ll earn about $150,000 to $175,000, goes right back out to different organizations in central Kentucky.”

Now, obviously, the weather could potentially play a big role in this year’s Bluegrass Fair, that’s why officials are reminding folks to just check back in on their website and Facebook page for any closings due to inclement weather.

The Bluegrass Fair gates open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends and again the fair will run through the 20th.

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