When you come through the main spectator entrance at WEG, one of the first things you see (after the program sales and the official-WEG-merchandise tent) is the entrance to the Alltech Experience. Here, you can turn to the right (instead of to the left) and venture into the beautiful trade fair. OR … you can turn to the left and head inside.

a group of school children gathered at the entrance to the Alltech Experience (the man on the right in the orange hat is welcoming them); I hear this is one very small part of the nearly 40,000 school children expected to attend the WEG this week

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after going through a building with several display rooms, you exit onto this promenade, surrounded by gardens, display areas, and beer gardens

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including this beautiful garden shed built with local reclaimed wood …

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… and a vegetable garden by famed garden designer (and local resident) Jon Carloftis

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… who also designed the more formal garden surrounding the stage and the promenade

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Borrowing from Lexington’s Horse Mania theme, this area of the Alltech Experience is also filled with horses:

“Shellshocked”

“Fairytales”

a Kentucky-themed horse

a horse covered in a pink quilt, of sorts

a horse wearing … um … something, on its head

Where the Wild Things Are

… and finally … not your average stick horses