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State Fair of Kansas 2014  by Viveta Mentze – The State Fair of Kansas is going to be something special!  Now celebrating 90 Years of Blue Ribbon Traditions – See you at the Fair September 5 – 14, 2014 Find them on Twitter @KansasStateFair #KSStateFair.

Dates of the Kansas State Fair

The dates of the State Fair of Kansas is typically held in Early to mid September and is one of the best state fairs in the nation! This year the state fair will be held September 5 – 14, 2014.

State Fair of Kansas
State Fair of Kansas

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Here are some updates and top 10 things to know about the official state fair.

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Location and directions to the KS State Fair

Here’s the official address for the KS State Fair for 2014.

State Fair of KS
Contacts

Contact phone: 620-669-3600 or 1-800-362-3247
Web site: http://www.kansasstatefair.com/dailySchedule.php
Food, fun, rides and family entertainment for nine award-winning days and nights. Featuring special ticketed performances by big-name musical acts.

State Fair Camping and lodging info

If you’re thinking of staying in Hutchinson, Kansas then here’s some information you’d want to know about the Kansas State Fair.

  • Family Friendly Dump Stations
  • Gift Shop Free Parking
  • Group Rates
  • Internet: WiFi
  • Live Entertainment
  • MasterCard
  • Meeting Facilities
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Restaurant/Dining
  • Restroom Facilities
  • RV Tent Sites with Truck parking

History of the State Fair of Kansas

Paragraph on the history – When you visit the KS State Fair you can expect to find a whole world of livestock animals, horse shows, competitive exhibits, entertainment, ag education, concerts and carnival rides galore!! We’re thrilled to offer you a wide variety of attractions and are sure that there is something for everyone in your family to enjoy.
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State Fair Attractions

Kansas State Fair 2010 logo
Kansas State Fair 2010 logo

Past acts at the Kansas State Fair

Here are some of the hit performances and bands that showed up for the KS State Fair.

The Kansas State Fair 2013 festival will celebrate its 100 year anniversary in 2013. The festivities are scheduled for September 6-15, 2013.   The first official Kansas State Fair was held in 1913, and has rocked on ever since!

Kansas State Fair 2013 festival
Kansas State Fair 2013 festival

Dates: September 6-15, 2013

Fair Location and Kansas Map:

Kansas State Fair 2013 festival
2000 North Poplar Street
Hutchinson Kansas 67502

Concerts events at Kansas State Fair 2013 festival

Tickets go on sale May 11 to the 2013 U.S. Cellular Grandstand concerts.
KANSAS
Friday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices $13/$33*
*A limited number of premium-priced seats will be available.Price includes one gate admission when purchased through August 24, 2013.
BRIDGIT MENDLER
Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices $29/$44*
*A limited number of premium-priced seats will be available. Price includes one gate admission when purchased through August 24, 2013.

ELI YOUNG BAND w /MOCKINGBIRD SUN

Sunday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices $28/$43*
*A limited number of premium-priced seats will be available. Price includes one gate admission when purchased through August 24, 2013.
DEMOLITION DERBY
Monday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices $6 (13 & over)/free for children 12 & under*
*Does not include gate admission.
OUTLAW TRUCK and TRACTOR PULL
Wednesday, September 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices $10 (13 & over)/
$5 (age 6-12)/children 5 & under free*
*Does not include gate admission.
JARS of CLAY
Thursday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices $15/$30*
*A limited number of premium-priced seats will be available.Price includes one gate admission when purchased through August 24, 2013.
THEORY OF A DEADMAN
Friday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices $25/$45*
*A limited number of premium-priced seats will be available. Price includes one gate admission when purchased through August 24, 2013.
LYNYRD SKYNYRD
Saturday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices $35/$45/$65*
*A limited number of premium-priced seats will be available. Price includes one gate admission when purchased through August 24, 2013.
TOBY KEITHw/ JT HODGES
Sunday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket Prices $20/$35/$50/$65/$100*
*A limited number of premium-priced seats will be available.Price includes one gate admission when purchased through August 24, 2013.

The Kansas State Fair 2013 festival announced it has added Bridgit Mendler, Theory of a Deadman and Lynyrd Skynyrd to the 2013 U.S. Cellular Grandstand lineup.

In addition, JT Hodges has been added as an opening act for Toby Keith on Sunday, Sept. 15 while Mockingbird Sun will open for Eli Young Band on Sunday, Sept. 8.

The Demolition Derby (Monday, Sept. 9) and Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull (Wednesday, Sept. 11) will also return this year for high-action entertainment on the fairgrounds. This year’s fair will run Sept. 6-15.

via Kansas State Fair announces final acts for 2013 | KSN TV.

Expected Attendence

History of the Kansas State fair 2013 festival

Kansas State Fair 2013 festival is a State Fair that is held annually, starting the Friday following Labor Day in September, and lasts for 10 days at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas festivals. The Kansas State Fair for 2013 runs from September 6 through September 15. It is the largest single event in the State, and annually attracts approximately 350,000 people from all 105 Kansas counties and several other states.

Early Kansas State fair

In the 19th century, the Kansas State Fair was held in various cities in Kansas, such as Topeka, Wichita, and others.
Early Reno County Fairs
The first fair association was made on January 18, 1873, when Reno County Agricultural Society was created. On September 23–24, 1873, the society hosted a fair which was held in a small wooden livery stable behind the bank on the northwest corner of Sherman and Main in Hutchinson.
The Reno County Agricultural and Joint Stock Association was incorporated on September 2, 1878. In 1878, new grounds were purchased just north of Eastside Cemetery, and fairs were held there through the early 1880s.Encouraged by the success of this first event, plans began for a bigger fair in 1874, with the society proposing a tax levy to support the event, but voters rejected the idea. Though turned down, the Agricultural Society pushed ahead and found acreage southeast of where the state reformatory would later be located, paid cash for the grounds, and on September 28–30 of 1875, presented the First Annual Reno County Fair. It featured 20 classes for entries, with most awards in the form of certificates, and a few $5 cash prizes. Agricultural exhibitions were also held during the years 1876 and 1877.  Reorganized and renamed the Arkansas Valley Fair Association, the fair was moved back to its previous grounds for the 1885 event. These grounds southeast of the present Hutchinson Correctional Facility grew in the late 1880s and 1890s. New buildings were added nearly every year. A fence surrounded the property and the half-mile racetrack.  The present state fair had its beginning on February 7, 1901, when a few men met to talk about organizing a fair association. The board of directors met on April 24, 1901 to elect officers. The name Central Kansas Fair Association was created. The fair was held in 1901 on 50 acres of land, which stretched along the east side of Main Street to Poplar, from 11th Avenue north to 17th Avenue in Hutchinson. The land was leased in trade for 10 percent of the gate receipts in 1901.
Official State Fair
In 1903, the Central Kansas Fair was recognized by an act of the state legislature to give the fair association the license to legitimately call their event “The Kansas State Fair”.
In 1912, 112 acres of land north of 17th Avenue and east of Main Street were purchased for expansion. It was decided for bonds to pay for this new land was put to a vote by Reno County voters in April 1913, and won by a margin of 4 to 1. A bill was passed in the Kansas Congress to grant Hutchinson fair monetary support, the city would give the state the fairgrounds. The first Kansas State Fair fest was held September 13–20, 1913.
The House of Capper is a covered Veranda that was built in 1913. It was formerly a shaded place to rest, the Professional Arts Building, and a bandstand at one time. The Old Mill was completed for the opening of the 1915 fair. One thousand feet of water-filled channels featured boats which promised to transport passengers through “gloomy caves of gleesome gladness”. The Cottonwood Court was built in 1928 and renovated in 2003. The building was originally used as an automobile building, which later became the Commercial Building, the finally the Cottonwood Court. The Grandstand was built in 1930. The Domestic Arts Building was built in 1930 and renovated in 2003. In 1931, a sandpit was landscaped and rename as Lake Talbott. The Encampment Building was built in 1934. It was home to POWs and State Fair Soldiers during WWII.
As of 2012, the fair covered 280 acres with over 20 buildings, and 25 full-time year-round staff.As with most everything, admission prices has moved upward overtime. Admission is split up by age group, except on special price days: Seniors (60 years and above), Adults (13 to 59 years), Child (6 to 12 years), Child (under 6 years). The youngest group under 6 has always been free.

In 2012, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $4 for child. Advance tickets were $6, $4, $3. On Monday, $1 per person, free with Dillon’s Shopper Plus Card. On Thursday, $4 after 4PM per person (new promotion in 2012).
In 2011, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for child. Advance tickets were $5, $4, $3. On Monday, $1 per person, free with Dillon’s Shopper Plus Card.
Grandstand

The grandstand comes to life every evening with music concerts, demolition derby, auto races, and truck / tractor pulls.
In 2013, the grandstand will host: Toby Keith with JT Hodges, Theory of a Deadman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kansas, Jars of Clay, Bridgit Mendler, Eli Young Band with Mockingbird Sun, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers with Billy Dean.
In 2012, the grandstand hosted: Boston, Heart, 38 Special, Victoria Justice with Max Schneider, The Oak Ridge Boys with Jimmy Fortune, Chris Cagle, Casting Crowns, Billy Currington with Jake Owen.
In 2011, the grandstand hosted: Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Jerrod Niemann, REO Speedwagon with Little River Band, Third Day, Daughtry, Big Time Rush.
In 2010, the grandstand hosted: Foreigner, Rodney Atkins with Chris Young, Terry Fator, Oak Ridge Boys, Loverboy, Blake Shelton with James Otto, MercyMe, Selena Gomez.
Exhibits

The Fair has over 1,000 commercial exhibit locations; for competition, with over 30,000 entries in various competitive exhibit departments; for education, through its Kansas’ Largest Classroom field trip program; and for entertainment with strolling and stage entertainment in addition to the national acts performing at the grandstand.
Yearly Use

In addition to the annual State Fair, the Fairgrounds facilities are utilized throughout the year for a wide array of events, including horse and livestock shows, RV rallies, trade shows, flea markets, wedding receptions, family reunions, and company picnics, to name just a few.

 

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