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Kentucky State Fair: New parking plan to make things easier for visitors

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    LOUISVILLE - The Kentucky State Fair Board unveiled a plan to help alleviate the weekend parking congestion and improve the experience for fairgoers and travelers during the 2013 Kentucky State Fair.

In addition to more than 19,000 parking spaces at the Kentucky Exposition Center during the Kentucky State Fair, additional options and lots will be added to accommodate the extra weekend traffic.

The new parking plan, approved by the board today, uses existing parking resources at neighboring Papa John s Cardinal Stadium, new entry points and off-site parking to create a solution for weekend parking congestion.

These improvements reflect a new approach to make parking at the Fair a more positive experience with multiple, convenient and lower-cost options,  said Clifford  Rip  Rippetoe, Kentucky State Fair Board President and CEO.  Drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, area business owners and residents can all expect our new plan to improve their experience. 

Free off-site parking will be available on the weekends in the Green Lot of Papa John s Cardinal Stadium off of Floyd Street. Open Friday through Sunday, August 16-18 and 23-25, more than 3,000 parking spots will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. 

Shuttles sponsored by Miller Transportation and the Louisville Convention & Visitor s Bureau, will run continuously to bring patrons into the Fair. 

Fairgoers can purchase Fair admission at Papa John s Cardinal Stadium or present advance discount tickets prior to boarding the shuttle.

In addition, the new Five Dollar Lot will be opened adjacent to the Kentucky Exposition Center on the site of the former Executive Inn Hotel. Shuttles will bring fairgoers from the lot to the pedestrian admission gate. This lot will accommodate up to 3,000 vehicles and will be available on a first come, first serve basis during both weekends only of the Fair.

A new entrance point into the Kentucky Exposition Center will also be opened on the weekends.

Drivers can turn at East Adair Street off Phillips Lane to park. This entrance point is accessible best from Crittenden Drive, alleviating Gates 2, 3 and 4 backup. Parking is $8 per vehicle.

To better serve patrons at the parking gates, wireless pay stations will be staffed by additional attendants at Gates 1 and 4 during the entire 11 days of the Fair to speed up the payment process and allow double the amount of traffic to filter into the Fair.

In addition to vehicle parking, bicycle riders will also be better accommodated every day of the Fair. 

All gates will provide bike racks inside each gate to riders, including a bike corral located at Gate 4 in Lot H, directly across from the shuttle stop. Bicycle racks will also be available at the Papa John s Cardinal Stadium Green Lot.

The plan, which included studying other fairs and festivals and working with Louisville Metro Police Department, has been a long-standing issue for fairgoers.”Our visitors have told us how important parking and easy access to the Fair are, and today we are taking a significant step,” said Rippetoe.Parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center will remain unchanged at $8 per vehicle.The 2013 Kentucky State Fair is August 15-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

For more information and continued updates on the 2013 Kentucky State Fair, visit the official website at  .