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Time travel to the Kentucky frontier—more than two and one-half centuries ago—as the Kentucky State Fair explores the cultural practices of pioneer settlers to the region. Using geography themes as the points of departure, this exhibition and living history experience will describe the physical characteristics of Kentucky before statehood and the challenges that early settlers faced in making Kentucky their home. Artifacts, images, and interactive media will set the stage for an interpretation that will include daily demonstrations of frontier lifeways. Teaching materials, including student worksheets, will support Core Content for Assessment in social studies and will be posted to the Kentucky State Fair website in early August. Exhibition Location: South Wing B.

WAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL (1812-1815)

The national bicentennial of the War of 1812 continues in 2014, and the State Fair honors the extremely significant role that Kentucky played in the story of this conflict, often called America’s “Second War of Independence.” “War Hawks & Valiant Volunteers: Kentuckians in the War of 1812” features a series of illustrated exhibition panels and a film about Kentucky militia during the war. The lesson plan, “Forging the American Identity with Artistic Expressions of the War of 1812” will be available on the website. Exhibition Location: South Wing B.

Kentucky’s role in the War of 1812 will be celebrated in the patriotic 30-minute musical production, “Brave Hunters of Kentucky!: Kentuckians in the War of 1812.” Inspired by period music, “Brave Hunters of Kentucky!” tells the Kentucky war story from the perspectives of Henry Clay, U. S. Speaker of the House and diplomat; governor and militia leader, Isaac Shelby; and a pioneer couple and Shawnee couple who stood on opposing sides of the conflict. The finale of this show is guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings…

Performances on Toyota Motor Manufacturing Blue Ribbon Stage, South Wing B Lobby: August 14, 15, 17-20, 24 at 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm
August 16 at 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm
August 21, 22 at 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm
August 23 at 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm


United We Stand, Divided We Fall: Kentucky and the Civil War +150” offers illustrated storyboards and interactive components exploring Kentucky’s unique role in a war that divided the state and the nation. Visitors may also tour the Kentucky Historical Society’s HistoryMobile exhibition, “Torn Within & Threatened Without: Kentuckians in the Civil War Era.” Related lesson plans are available. Exhibition Location: South Wing B.

In addition, a 30-minute musical, “Forever Free,” honors the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The uplifting show teaches how Lincoln’s historic document impacted slaves and slaveholders in Kentucky and strengthened the Union Army during the Civil War. Student worksheets and a lesson plan for teaching about the Emancipation Proclamation will be available on the website in August.

Forever Free” Performances, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Blue Ribbon Stage, South Wing B Lobby: August 14, 23, 18-20 at 11:30 am, 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm
August 15 at 11:30 am, 12:30 pm and 4:30 pm
August 16 at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
August 17 and 24 at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:30 pm
August 21 and 22 at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm

DISCOVERY FARM sponsored by Kentucky Pork Producers

Learn what life is like on a Kentucky farm through several learning stations and personal encounters with various cattle, goats, llamas, sheep, poultry, a sow and her litter. Elementary and Middle School Worksheets are posted on the website. Exhibition Location: South Wing B

FORD SIMULATED FACTORYsponsored by UAW Local 862 & Ford Louisville Assembly

This hands-on assembly line experience is back by popular demand, but moved to a new location! The principles of the early assembly line apply to manufacturing today: a division of labor into distinct steps, completed by trained, quality-minded workers, who perform exact motions at an exact speed. The flow is continuous, with each step beginning as soon as the previous step is complete. Do you have what it takes to keep the assembly line moving?! Test your skills in the Ford Simulated Factory, a fun, hands-on experience for ages 10 and up. A demonstration of state-of-the-art robotics is also featured. Simulated Factory Hours: 10am – 4pm daily. Exhibition Location: Harold Workman North Wing Lobby

KIDS IN THE KITCHEN sponsored by Kentucky Beef Council

Kids, eat your meat and vegetables! Kids in the Kitchen is a nutrition education program that emphasizes literacy, math, and practical living applications. This program helps children see how important it is to make good food choices and that food components together can make a big difference in their health.

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