HUTCHINSON– Time to get your Fair on! Join us Sept. 8-17 at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. To learn more, visit: kansasstatefair.com.

New attractions

New Foods

We have new foods galore including a s’more-like funnel cake called Campfire Delight, a peanut butter bacon burger, stuffed pickle on a stick, deep-fried soft pretzels, nacho-loaded tater tots called totchos and a deep-fried mac-and-cheese burger called Mac Attack.

Flippin’ Steampunk Aerial and Acrobatic Spectacular

Sponsored by Hutchinson Clinic, shows are performed daily at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. in Gottschalk Park.

You won’t want to miss Flippin’ Steampunk Aerial and Acrobatic Spectacular, new to the Fair this year. This breathtaking live performance combines mechanical innovation and acrobatic artistry.

Flippin’ has performed across the globe including venues such as The Sydney Opera House in Australia, Disneyland in California, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Kiss In Concert, NBC’s Death Defying Trills and more. Catch shows daily at Gottschalk Park.

Free Shuttles

The Kansas State Fair is contracting with Durham School Services of Hutchinson to provide a shuttle service from the Hutchinson Mall on both weekends to the Kansas State Fair. There will be no charge to Fairgoers for this service.

The shuttle will run the first weekend, Sept. 9 and 10 from noon to 11 p.m.; final weekend, Sept. 16 from from noon to 11 p.m. and Sept. 17 from noon to 8 p.m.

The pick-up and drop-off location at the Hutchinson Mall will be in the south parking lot of JCPenney. The pick-up and drop-off location at the Kansas State Fair will be Gate 1.

Kansas State Fair Museum: Year of Food

The 2017 Kansas State Fair Museum theme ­– Year of Food – features concessions and food memorabilia from the last 100 years at the Fair. The Kansas State Fair Museum will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily throughout the Fair. 

One-of-a-kind educational events 

Pollinator Garden

Bees, butterflies and birds! Oh my! Pollinators are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food. Come learn what our winged friends do to sustain our ecosystem. Enjoy a stroll through the new Pollinator Garden and admire nature’s beauty. This new exhibit is located near Gate 5 (north side of the fairgrounds).

Agriculture Passport

Get ready for an agriculture adventure. Tour the Birthing Center, Milking Parlor, Golden Plains Llama Exhibit, Agriland and the Kansas Honey booth to learn more about Kansas agriculture. Each stop involves trivia questions, presentations and plenty of opportunities to learn along the way.

Children can pick up their free passports at the Education Information Center in the Oz Gallery Breezeway or print online at bit.ly/KSFAgPassport. Completed passports can be redeemed for a prize at the same location.

Agriland

Agriland offers a hands-on interactive experience transporting children to a farm where they can milk a cow or drive a combine. This fun-packed exhibit is a family favorite and provides children exposure to Kansas crops, livestock and agricultural products used in everyday life. Agriland is located in the Pride of Kansas building and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Math On-A-Stick

You can count on the Kansas State Fair to offer everything on a stick. Even math! Pick up your Math On-A-Stick gameboard at the Education Information Center in the Oz Gallery Breezeway or print online at bit.ly/MathStick.

Now you’re ready to make math interactive. Step out and explore the Fairgrounds. On one side of the gameboard, you’ll locate and identify different angles.

Is that slice of pizza an acute angle? Where do you see a right angle? Now, flip your stick and find simple machines. What fair ride represents a wheel-and-axle system? Where do you see a pulley system?

Log locations on the Math-On-A-Stick gameboard and head back to the Education Information Center to redeem your prize.

Marching Bands

The marching band program is one of the time-honored traditions of the Kansas State Fair.

Middle and high-school bands across the state are encouraged to participate in the program, which provides a great chance to receive scores and comments from judges early in the season, before state competitions starts. Last year, 95 bands with a total of 5,492 students, displayed their musical talents and teamwork at the fair.

Bands march and perform Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 11- 13. Please visit kansasstatefair.com to register your class.

Forensics Showcase

Pick up public-speaking skills and learn the art and science of evidence and argument at the at the Forensic Champion Showcase. Watch Kansas High School Forensics royalty show off their skills. This is not a tournament but a showcase of several event champions from the Spring 2017 Championship Competitions.

The first showcase will begin at 9 a.m. at Hansen Auditorium in the Encampment Building. Exhibitions continue at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

All schools are welcome to watch the various featured forensics events including speech and interpretation. For discounted gate tickets, register your class through the Kansas’ Largest Classroom program. 

Spelling Bee

Are you R-E-A-D-Y for some F-U-N? Register for the 17th Annual Kansas State Fair Spelling Bee. This event will be divided into two age categories: 3rd through 5th grades and 6th through 8th grades. The written exam will be at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11 in the Encampment building.

If you thought that was the only fun to be had at this event, think again. While the written exams are being scored, there will be a Kansas State Fair trivia game in Hansen Auditorium.

Sharpen your Kansas State Fair knowledge, because there will be prizes for those who know their fair share of Fair history. A word of the day and frequently misspelled words will be featured on the Fair’s website.

Be sure to check out more educational opportunities at kansasstatefair.com.

Kansas’ Largest Classroom is sponsored by Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.

About the

Kansas State Fair 

Find your fun at the Kansas State Fair. From the opening bell to the final grandstand blockbuster, it’s a play day hay day. Take in the world-class Midway, blue-ribbon animals and family-friendly activities.

It’s pure Americana – an event not to be missed. Party with your pals and hear the hottest performers at the Nex-Tech Wireless® Grandstand. Tour the many agricultural and educational displays. Win prizes. Brave heart-pounding carnival rides.

Sample deep-fried treats and other culinary delights. Enormous vegetables, odd artifacts, homemade crafts and the infamous butter sculpture provide something for everyone. Get your Fair on Sept. 8-17, 2017. The event is the largest in the state of Kansas with crowds numbering more than 350,000. The Fairgrounds are located in central Hutchinson.