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Drought Expected To Affect Kentucky State Fair Entries

The Kentucky State Fair begins its ten-day run next week and the summer drought is expected to have an impact on many of the fair’s agricultural entries.Much of Kentucky has been in the grip of the hot, dry summer, with farmers in the western half of the state bearing the brunt of the disaster.The stress has already been evident on fair entries in other drought-stricken areas of the country, with smaller ears of corn and other vegetables and fewer head of livestock on display. At the Kentucky State Fair, spokeswoman Amanda Storment says competitors have to submit their paperwork early in the summer, so the actual condition of the entries won’t be known until they arrive next week."When we start receiving those entries--vegetables, plants, flowers, those crops--that is when we’re going to find out whether or not the drought has really and truly affected entries in the fair," she said."And we believe that it will."The Kentucky State Fair is August 16-26.

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