Kentucky's annual showcase of its people's work, hobbies and talents gets underway Thursday morning when the gates open for the 2014 Kentucky State Fair.
Things begin at 7:00 a.m. EDT with the traditional Kentucky ham breakfast where the grand champion ham will be auctioned off for charity.
Animals from rabbits to lambs to cows and pigs will be on display, concerts will be held throughout the Fair's 11 day run and cakes, pies, baskets and embroidery will be judges and enjoyed by the public. The world's championship horse show is also held during the fair.
Fair officials say attendees and exhibitors contribute more than $16.8 million annually in economic impact.
The opening day ceremony starts at 5:30 p.m. with the 113th Army Band from Ft. Knox parading to the fairgrounds.