The fair dates back to 1816, but was officially recognized as the Kentucky State Fair beginning in 1902. Tradition runs deep here, and one of the best-loved traditions is the 18-foot-tall Freddy Farm Bureau, who has been sitting at the entrance since the 1950s. Held at the Kentucky Exposition center, the fair typically draws 600,000 people to the competitions in art, photography cake decorations, aquarium design, vegetable growing and everything in between. See all kinds of farm animals looking their finest, as well as the prestigious World Championship Horse Show, which draws horses and their owners from all over the world. And, as with any state fair, Kentucky has plenty of thrill rides, concerts and deep-fried food choices.