Kansas State Fair Begins

By: Enrique Ramirez Email
By: Enrique Ramirez Email

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Friday, September 9, 2011

The smell of pronto pups and funnel cakes is in the air. This year's version of the Kansas State Fair is underway. KAKE Photojournalist Enrique Ramirez found out fair organizers are holding out for a few more days of dry weather.

The Kansas State Fair starts today and with temperatures coming down, State Fair officials are expecting attendance to go up. "We're certainly optimistic that it is going to be strong," Denny Stoecklein, the Kansas State Fair general manager said. "I think people have been cooped up inside all summer long in the heat, and now they're looking for something to do outside."

There are some new attractions this year at the fair. For food lovers: chocolate and red velvet funnel cakes, a Mongolian grill, designer cupcakes featuring the corn dog cupcake, and fried Kool-Aid. "Everybody pretty much says, 'deep fried Kool-Aid?'," Russ Silvey, a Kansas State Fair vendor said. "They certainly all want to try it, and that's what the fair's all about. And, it does taste like Kool-Aid."

Also new to the fair, inspired by the Wichita River Festival, a zipline. "I think the traditions people form, whether it is related to the food or the exhibits...it's a reunion for people," Charles Mendenhall said. "We come up to the fair, we use to live here and we came back up to the fair to be with her brother and sister. Just kind of enjoy ourselves a little bit and get away from the hot heat."

If you're going to the Kansas State Fair, here are some of Friday night's highlights: What trip to the fair would be complete without the pig races, they get started at 6 p.m. At 6:30, there's a Wild West Comedy Show at Gottschalk Park, then over to the grandstand at 7:30 for the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pull.

You can find more information on what the Kansas State Fair has to offer this year, and check out the 10-day schedule by clicking here.


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