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‘It’s like family’

Take time to visit the State Fair

POSTED September 11, 2017 3:54 p.m.

 With North Korea testing its nukes, hurricanes lashing Texas and Florida and continued threat of terrorist attacks, it may seem like an odd time to look at butter sculptures and eat Pronto Pups. But, that’s not the case.

Now, is the time to attend the Kansas State Fair at Hutchinson and take in all the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the event. It is a chance to remember who we are and a chance to take a break from harsh  realities of the world around us.

The fair has a tradition of showcasing the Sunflower State’s finest. From food to farming, it is all there.

Over 100 years ago, a group of business leaders in Hutchinson formed the Reno County Agricultural Society and the idea for the Kansas State Fair was born. Forty years later in 1913, Kansas Governor George Hodges made Hutchinson the official location for the Kansas State Fair.

The fair continued to grow over the next 100 years and became a true reflection of the times. Just as life in Kansas changed drastically during World War II, so did the fair. The 1942 Kansas State Fair had a “Scrap Day,” where more than 32 tons of metal was collected to contribute to the war effort by offering free admission in exchange for donations. Booths even had war bonds and stamps available for purchase.

A century later, it remains Kansas’s largest single event — attracting nearly 350,000 attendees annually. Kansas families enjoy endless entertainment, thrilling rides, exhibitor booths, and — of course — delicious food. 

 “It’s great to see the people of Kansas come together at this event to celebrate our heritage and relationship to agriculture,” said Kansas Senator Jerry Moran, who visited the event. “It’s like family.”

So, take time out this week to make the trip. You will likely see people you know.

Dale Hogg

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