Kansas ghost hunters went looking for paranormal activity at the state fairgrounds. Here's what they found

Alice Mannette
The Hutchinson News
Becky Blackburn of Kansas Ghost Hunters communicates with who she believes to be spirits on a ghost hunting tour on Oct. 30 on the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

Sometimes that tap on the back of your neck or the tingle down your arm might be someone trying to reach out to you from beyond, or at least that is what several Reno County ghost hunters had to say on the night before All Hallows Eve.

Four members of the Kansas Ghost Hunters group led slightly more than one dozen guests through the grounds of the Kansas State Fair on Oct. 30. They produced all the newest technical equipment, including phone apps, EMF meters and recorders, and a teddy bear that lights up to energy currents. 

This central Kansas group put on this free ghost hunt to educate people about spirits. Becky Blackburn, a member of this paranormal investigation team, chose the fairgrounds because she had felt activity there before — especially around one of the pronto pup areas. 

"There was a lot of activity there," Blackburn told the group as they made their way to the well-marked area.

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Once outside the yellow building, all the equipment started lighting up, including the green light turning to red on the little brown teddy bear that one of the youngster's held. 

"I feel a cold chill," said Katie Ladewig, who was a first-time participant. 

Another stop along the way was near Lake Talbott, but all remained calm on the water's edge. After the lake, the group headed over to a line of trees, where an ex-circus clown used to live. One of his nurses, Nancy Andrews, was a visitor with the ghost hunting group.

"I feel him," Andrews said. "I feel his energy."

Becky Blackburn of Kansas Ghost Hunters leads a group of visitors as she communicates with who she believes to be spirits on a ghost hunting tour on Oct. 30 on the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

Soon, Blackburn put down her fancy equipment and closed her eyes. Answers to questions started flowing. Ladewig held old-fashioned, copper dowsing rods, which pick up energy, supposedly answering yes-no questions asked of them. 

The group said they felt the ghost of Bardo the clown, saying he enjoyed watching over the fair grounds. Andrews thanked him for telling her stories of his days in World War II and his time as a clown. Several members of the group also thanked him and moved on.

As members of the gathering meandered to the grandstands, the energy seemed to shift. Several group members commented about the energy, walking back and forth over an imaginary line.

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"It feels like we're going through a wall," Ladewig said as each member walked into the area where the rides and carnival workers are during the fair.

Outside the grandstand, Blackburn "communicated" with two more "spirits," eventually wishing them well and headed toward the old mill where she "spoke" with an old cowboy who liked listening to country music. 

"He says he wants us to leave," Blackburn told the group that were gathered on the porch. "He's standing there, leaning against that pole and wearing a cowboy hat."

Nancy Andrews, a guest of the group, and Becky Blackburn of Kansas Ghost Hunters try to communicate with who they believe is the spirit of Bardo the Clown on Oct. 30 on the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

The group waited for her to move before they did. 

"I'm glad this is an active night tonight," she told the attendees. "It is when the veil is most open."

Kansas Ghost Hunters hopes to continue hunts in central Kansas. They can be reached on their Facebook page. As most of the members live in Reno County, they are planning their next events in Nickerson and then downtown Hutchinson.