The Kentucky State Fair opens next week - which means the free Turf Concert Series at Cardinal Stadium returns to Louisville.

The fair runs from Aug. 14-24. It will feature livestock shows, concerts, talent and arts exhibitions and, of course, the traditional fair midway.

This year's free concert series includes Kenny Rogers, The Turtles, Three Dog Night, Joan Jett, Scotty McCreery and Plain White T's.

The concerts are free with paid admission to the fair. All shows begin at 8 p.m. in Cardinal Stadium at the Kentucky Exposition Center except for the MercyMe concert on Aug. 24 at 4 p.m.

Other attractions include the 18-foot tall Freddy Farm Bureau, who has been greeting fairgoers in front of Freedom Hall since 1958 and the discover farm which uses cattle, goats, llamas, sheep, poultry, a sow and her litter to show patrons what life is like on the farm.

The fair also will have dog trick shows, motocross stunt shows, a theatrical circus, a ventriloquist and musicals about the war of 1812 and the Emancipation Proclamation.

Daily advance tickets available until Wednesday are $8 for adults, $4 for children, $4 for seniors and those 2 and younger are free.

Tickets on and after Aug. 14 are $10 for adults, $6 for children, $6 for seniors and those 2 and younger are free. Parking is $8 per vehicle.

Patrons also can purchase a $20 wristband for the midway.

For more information visit www.kentuckystatefair.org.