Some people live at the Kentucky State Fair

By Matt McCutcheon - e-mail | bio

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The 2010 Kentucky State Fair is in full swing, with the opening weekend underway.  You may not know it, but some people actually live 'round the clock at the fair for all ten days.

The animals have their spaces, from small cages for roosters to slightly larger spaces for goats, but people need their space to.

"We try to make it as comfortable as we can since we're here for the duration," said animal shower Dawn Summers of Corydon.

Like other animal showers, Summers and her family don't leave anything to chance so they stay not far from the animals.

"The first night they had the lights on until about 3:00 am and then a goat got its head stuck, so we were listening to that hollering and the lights were on and we maybe got 2 hours of sleep," Summers said.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Jena Durham and her family of Nicolasville call a tent home.

"Well, we sleep in cots, which is just a tiny bed and we put sleeping bags on it.  It's comfortable I guess, but it's better than sleeping on the floor, and we bring food from home, I mean, we make do," she smiled.

Her dad served up eggs this morning for the family. It's something they look forward to every year.

"People look at me like I'm crazy!  They laugh and stuff, but I mean, I don't know anything different.  I've done it for so long, they can keep laughing, it's fun," she said.

Others make their bed on a modest means of an air mattress on some hay, while there are some luxury accommodations.

"It's a vacation home away from home I think!  This is as close as camping as I'd like to get," said Jean and Irvin McKinney of Baghdad, Kentucky.  Their pad – all decked out in green – may leave others green with envy.

"I've had that paneling for probably 25 years.  I had 3 sheets of it and I cut one sheet in 3 pieces and I was going to do the sides like that and she decided she didn't want that much paneling," Irvin said.

Still, the wide open spaces are a little hard to get used to.

"It's not easy!  But after you get so tired you don't hear the rabbits and you don't hear the chickens and you don't hear the people going out at night, but it's fun," Jean Kinney said.

Friday night at the fair, MC Hammer will perform as part of the free concert series, while comedian Jeff Dunham performs on the main stage.

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