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Several years ago Judge-Executive Paul Hunt Thompson dreamed of bringing to fruition the possibility of a fair in Eastern Kentucky that would allow the children in the area to experience all the marvels of being at the State Fair in Louisville.The counties of Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike have realized the enormous economic impact of bringing such an event to Eastern Kentucky.


The judge-executives of the region requested the help of Big Sandy Area Development District with organizing this event. ThunderRidge Racing and Entertainment Complex was selected to be the location. Corporate sponsors were solicited, vendors were interested, Entertainment was found, a Carnival agreed to come and the rest is history.


The East Kentucky Fair is a regional 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that was formed in 2006

  • It is made up of a Board of Directors that represent corporate, private and government commitment
  • The mission is simple:

“To promote the progress of the Big Sandy Region and surrounding counties in Eastern Kentucky and stimulate public interest in the advantages and development of the Commonwealth by providing exhibitions, public gatherings, educational opportunities, cultural activities and other functions. The board resolves to advance Kentucky’s tourism industry and economy while serving the entertainment, cultural and educational interests of the public”

2 nd annual east kentucky fair 2007
2nd AnnualEast Kentucky Fair 2007

What’s it all about!

  • Kids, Kids and Kids
  • Economic Development
  • Regionalism
  • Tourism
  • Financial Growth
  • Working Together to make it happen

We Need You!


We solicit vendors from all 5 counties. Last year we had over 50 vendors, exhibitors and crafters who came out and displayed their product. The cost is reasonable and they all benefited financially because of the fair.

Candle Makers

East Kentucky Science Center



$10.00 a day gets you in the gate, all the rides, entertainment, attractions, watching events, etc.

4 h involvement
4-H Involvement

Last year we had over 120 projects from kids around the region who competed in 4-H. They then took their projects onto the State Fair in Louisville.

The Kids are what is all about

jules and beck combined shows
Jules and Beck Combined Shows

Originally from Southeast Kentucky, Pat Guthrie has been entertaining families since 1969. They are rated one of the safest carnivals in Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.

live harness fair racing july 30 6 00 p m
Live Harness Fair RacingJuly 30 – 6:00 p.m.

Promoted by the Kentucky Harness Horseman's Association, and for the first time at the fair, this race is vital. It will bring horseman from all over the state to compete for a $10,000 purse and points to advance to the Red Mile on August 6, 2007 in Lexington.

  • We have the most exciting entertainment on tap this year!
  • Confederate Railroad
  • Classic Rock Allstars
  • Juice Newton
  • KY Opry Jr. Jamboree
  • Jenny Wiley Theatre “2007 Salute To Youth”
other events include
Other Events Include:
  • “Up The Holler Bucking Bulls” Bull Riding exhibition
  • BBW Wrestling
  • “Extreme Mud Bog” ATV Racing – Cash Prizes
  • Kentucky Outlaws Truck Pull – Cash Prizes
  • Scholarship Pageant – Local Schools Compete ($1000.00 scholarship from Pikeville College and $500.00 scholarship from BSCTC)
  • Corn Hole Tournament
  • Paint Ball Tournament
  • 4-H Dog, Rabbit and Goat Competitions as well as over 100 local projects on display

This fair is here to stay and we have a home!

Thanks to partnerships like Kentucky Tourism and ThunderRidge

we need your help
We Need Your Help!!!

We cannot do it without your financial support. Give what you can. If you would like to sponsor a specific event, tell us which one and it will receive wider recognition.

Spread the word and make your checks payable to East Kentucky Fair – Mail to 110 Resource Court, Prestonsburg, KY 41653. Its tax deductible.