Fishing activities

KDFWR offers special programs and activities during the Kentucky State Fair starting Thursday

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources brings the outdoors to the ongoing Kentucky State Fair.

Visitors are encouraged to visit Main Street Kentucky in the South Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center through August 28 to learn about Kentucky’s fish and wildlife through a variety of special programs, educational opportunities and exhibits.

Department staff will also be available each day to help answer questions about Commonwealth fish, wildlife and boating.

Opportunities offered by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at the State Fair include:

(Photo by KDFWR)

• Complete the shooting portion of a hunter education course at the indoor air rifle range. For more details and to register, visit

• Ask a conservation officer and other Kentucky Fish and Wildlife staff your questions about fish, wildlife or boating.

• Discover the new “Operation game theft” of law enforcement. See wildlife that has been poached and illegally captured.

• Spin the prize wheel for a chance to win gear.

Special programs include:

August 19: Fishing in Neighborhoods (FINs) program with Dane Balsman, fisheries biologist. Find fishing opportunities near you at one of 45 FIN lakes across the state.

August 20 and 26: Do you have Farm PONDering questions? Talk to a Fisheries Biologist and a Wildlife Biologist.

August 25: Meet Kentucky Afield TV host Chad Miles, 10 a.m.

August 25: ESPN Louisville radio remote control live. The Deener Show from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

August 25: Salato Wildlife Education Center with conservation educators and featured living creatures from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

August 27: Kentucky Wild Day. Ask a wildlife biologist which species in Kentucky need conservation the most.

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Experience opens daily at 10 a.m. (EDT) and closes at 8 p.m., with extended hours until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The experience ends at 6 p.m. on the last night of the fair, Sunday, August 28.

The popular range of self-contained air rifles are open to all adults and older children to attempt to hit 12 targets for a low fee.

Those wishing to complete the scope portion of their hunter education requirements may do so at the fair. Hunter education is open to anyone 9 years of age or older and is mandatory in Kentucky for hunters born in 1975 or later who have reached their 12th birthday. (Young hunters are not required to have certification, but must be directly supervised by an adult while in the field.) Certification requires successful completion of the in-class portion, either online or during an instructor-led course before successfully completing the range portion. Registration for shooting days is available online at the department’s website,

For more information about programs and presentations offered by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at the state fair, visit and enter the words “state fair” in the search field. Please check the Kentucky State Fair website at for admission and parking fees, hours of operation, and other details.

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources