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Yesterday while I was outside of the fence the site leader from RMC came out and gave us stickers and talked about the industry. That really made my day! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G928A using Tapatalk

Back to the topic at hand... I got sneaky and took some pics while at the Fairgrounds this weekend... Enjoy!

Here's my best shot from media day... needless to say, I think this is the picture most coaster nerds will try to get...  LOL!  (Please do not re-post or use this, or any of my pictures without my per

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They announced over the PA that they were closing at 9:30 last night. I left Lightning Run at about 9:40. I walked around the fairground midway and rides were still operating at Kentucky Kingdom at 10:15. When I KK the place was virtually deserted; maybe there was an employee ride night? (Edit:  This was Wednesday night, not Tuesday night.  I didn' t want to imply that I was disagreeing with Shaggy as I have no idea what happened on Tuesday as I was not there.)

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The author is a "Client Strategy Manager" for Gannett... https://www.linkedin.com/in/corneliusdawn

 

Also, who considers something 2 1/2 hours away as being "nearby"? Even here in Cincinnati most people wouldn't consider Louisville "nearby", let alone someone in Nashville.

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I think it's relative. I live about 3 hours from KI and consider it my home park and think it's close. My other choices are much further away. But on the drive home I usually don't feel quite the same.

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Took my wife, 2 nephews and Sister in Law to Kentucky Kingdom/Kentucky State Fair Today. Wow was it busy for both. We arrived around 3:30 pm and gates were already shutdown due to lots being full. I've been to the Fair the last two years and have never seen a crowd like Today. The Kingdom was booming too. Lots of money being made today for both.

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Something I would like to see at the Kingdom is an overhaul of the Breakdance ride.  Quite frankly, that paintjob they have on it now is ugly.  I would however be able to live with the paint if they did a lighting upgrade/speaker system on the ride.  This version seems much slower than some of the other models and that may be because they are trying to aim for a younger crowd or it may be because the ride doesn't have the capability to go faster.  Comparing this version to others such as the Breakdance No. 2, there is hardly a comparison.  Plus with a massive lighting upgrade this ride could rival or even beat Cyclos' lighting package.  I doubt that KK will make this happen though as even a ride as large as the Giant Wheel is being lit by a white spotlight for the moment.

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I don't know that they currently would be concerned with lighting accents because for most of the season, they are closed when it is dark.  This is one of the things that I hope changes.  It was a cool atmosphere last week when I was there after dark, and I am glad they had chaser lights on T3 and Thunder Run.

 

I don't know why they don't light up the Big Wheel (is that was they call the Ferris Wheel?).  I remember some photos that the park released during the summer/fall of 2013, when they were renovating, and they had a great lighting package on it.

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correct me if I'm wrong, but I got the impression from last season's numbers that 600,000 would have been well short of last season's marks and still significantly lower than fair attendance at its peak.  I'm sure expectations were set lower this season than last, but 600,00 feels low from what I remember.  could be remembering wrong, and don't feel like taking the time to dig back thru this thread where it was discussed.

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The weather had everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING to do with attendance being up at the Kentucky State Fair this year.  In years past, it's been miserably hot... this year, not so much.

 

I will say that typically the musical acts/concerts are the huge draw.  This year, I couldn't even tell you who played the fair.  There may have been a reduced concert offering/attendance considering half the stands in the former baseball stadium (where concerts are held) have been demolished.  I would suspect, had they offered larger acts (as they have in the past...) attendance would likely have skyrocketed.

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correct me if I'm wrong, but I got the impression from last season's numbers that 600,000 would have been well short of last season's marks and still significantly lower than fair attendance at its peak.  I'm sure expectations were set lower this season than last, but 600,00 feels low from what I remember.  could be remembering wrong, and don't feel like taking the time to dig back thru this thread where it was discussed.

 

I was wondering the same thing.  A quick search revealed:

2014: 515,937 (Source)

2013: 615,648 (Same as above)

2012: <600,000 (Source)

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As stated earlier, this past Saturday was super busy at the Fair as well as Kentucky Kingdom. I bought our Kentucky Kingdom tickets at Kroger prior to going for the discount but there were several people purchasing tickets at full price a the Gate. The midway at the Fair was also full of people so Kentucky Kingdom did not detract from Midway rides. People were enjoying both which was nice to see, both for the Fair and the Kingdom.

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I wish they would try a family friendly boo fest like what Holiday World does. There is a market for it in Louisville. Have any of you ever been to the Halloween party the Zoo puts on? It is crazy busy and lots of fun for the kidos and the young at heart like me :)

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Not sure why having the second train would require a full closure of the ride. Especially when just last year Lightning Run's purple train arrived a few weeks late and we were to run it empty until enough cycles had been completed (indicated by computer monitoring).

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Pricing integrity thrown to the wind:

http://www.courier-journal.com/story/entertainment/events/2015/09/02/kentucky-kingdoms-labor-day-give-way-weekend/71563246/

Sept 5-7

BOGO Admission: the get one good same day or rest of season.

Free unlimited soft drinks.

On a holiday weekend.

Did someone miss admission targets AGAIN?

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