Kansas State Fair
The annual Kansas State Fair begins the Friday following Labor Day and lasts for 10 days at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
One of the largest single events in the State, the Fair annually attracts approximately 350,000 people from all 105 Kansas counties and several other states. The Fair offers tremendous opportunities for commerce with over 1,000 commercial vendor 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 U.S. Cellular Grandstand. View their full entertainment lineup at www.kansasstatefair.com and click on the ‘Entertainment’ tab.
In addition to the annual Kansas State Fair, the Fairgrounds' facilities are utilized throughout the year for a wide array of events, including horse and livestock shows, trade shows, flea markets, wedding receptions, family reunions, company picnics and RV parking.
Something new and exciting added in 2014 was the State Fair Museum, housed in the Lair White House on the Fairgrounds. After 100 years, the state fair has a museum devoted to preserving its past, as well as a more dedicated effort to archive a century’s worth of history. Fairgoers have the opportunity to peruse through State Fair History of which will include photo’s, state fair memorabilia, and 2016 “The Year of the Vendor” will be featured in honor of our long-term vendors at the Kansas State Fairgrounds. The State Fair Museum will be open during the Fair and admission to the museum is free.
For decades, the history of the Kansas State Fair has been stored in tubs and boxes across the 280-acre fairgrounds. There are photos of the grandstand’s horse-racing days, as well as nearly every famous singer to take to the venue’s stage. Boxes also hold old ribbons and fair books – just a few glimpses into the fair’s storied past.
Now those items, plus countless others stored away for years, will have a chance to be displayed – part of a half-million-dollar project that razed a caretaker’s small, white home on the grounds, replacing it with a two-story, white-pillared structure with a wrap-around porch.
For more Kansas State Fair information, visit www.kansasstatefair.com or call them at 620-669-3600.