Sunday, September 16, 2012
The 100th Kansas State Fair ended on Sunday by bringing family and friends together in Hutchinson.
"You meet lots of new, interesting people and it seems like everywhere you go, people are friendly," said Barb Geuy, visitor from Buhler. "I think it's about Kansans coming together. It's just a big fun party. You see so many people that you know."
While some visitors reconnected with old friends, others used the time to bond with family.
"It's important nowadays that you have as much family fun as you can. People are too busy. The world's moving too fast. I think people aren't spending enough time with their kids," said Jim Lewis, visitor from Salina.
The 10-day event brought together people from across multiple generations together to share in the experience.
"There aren't many things you can do today that appeals to such broad variety and age group of people. I think that's one of the great things about the fair, it's still very traditional," said Denny Stoecklein, general manager for the Kansas State Fair.
Stoecklein estimates about 340,000 visitors that came out to the fair. He said the weather was favorable for visitors, exhibitors, and vendors.
"The weather certainly plays a factor but we've just been really pleased with the support and the attendance that we've seen. The dollars that were taken in at the gate, the food and beverage dollars, the indicators we have right now show things to be very strong compared to last year and previous years, maybe a little stronger," said Stoecklein.
Next year will be the 100th birthday celebration of the fair. It is scheduled for September 6-15.