The Kansas State Fair is an annual family entertainment event in Hutchinson, Kansas. The celebration of all things Kansas lasts for ten days in September after Labor Day. This fair draws about 335,000 attendees with its spectacular Midway, welcomes over 30,000 entries in various competitions and entertainment that includes national stars performing at the grandstand.
The fair features the Explore Kansas Festival and Celebrate Kansas entertainment program that showcases local food, music, and art. It also provides lots of educational information about the state's history, culture, and people.
The Kansas State Fairgrounds is located at 23rd Ave, between Main St and Plum St and covers 280 acres and has over 70 buildings. The grandstand is one of the most popular venues because every evening it hosts music concerts, auto races, demolition derby, and truck and tractor pulls. The Stage program has featured country music and rock stars such as Toby Keith, Theory of a Deadman, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Old Dominion with Josh Turner, RaeLynn, Smash Mouth, Chevelle, Los Lonely Boys, Loverboy with Survivor, The Charlie Daniels Band, TobyMac, Andy Grammer with Rachel Platten, Gabriel Iglesias, Justin Moore with Clare Dunn, Crowder, Hairball, Jake Owen, and Three Days Grace.
The first agricultural fair in Hutchinson was held in 1873 in a small stable on the corner of Sherman and Main street, in Hutchinson by the Reno County Agricultural Society. It wasn't until 1913 that the "Official" Kansas State Fair was held. Every year organizers do their best to make the fair even bigger and to offer more entertainment. Admission to the fair is $7-10 for adults and discounts for the military and senior visitors. Kids under 5 are free.