Baby Born In State Fair Parking Lot

By: Alicia Myers Email
By: Alicia Myers Email

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

What started out as a trip to the Kansas State Fair for the day, ended with quite a surprise for one family.

Rides, food-on-a-stick, animals and more. Every year, thousands head to the Kansas State Fair for the big events.

For one soon-to-be-infant, all that was too much excitement to wait for.

"Late yesterday afternoon, I got a text message from one of our staff that said baby born in the north public parking lot. I don't get those text messages often, so I called to confirm. They said yes, that's what we know that had happened. An ambulance came to the scene and took care of everything," said Denny Stoecklein, Kansas State Fair General Manager.

Where the ambulance ended up, remains a mystery, as local hospitals admitted the mother and baby were not in their care.

It is a birth that may end up in the history books.

"Thinking back in my 16 years here, it's a first at least that we were aware of. In the 98 years of the fair, it has probably happened, but it's not something you hear about very often," said Stoecklein.

It is also a day the mother and baby will not soon forget.

"It's a pretty unique occurrence to happen at the fair. It's certainly not something that we expect to happen year in and year out," said Stoecklein.

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