Bedazzle Your Brassiere at the Kansas State Fair!

June 9, 2014 by

The Kansas State Fair and the Victory in the Valley have partnered to bring a brand new competitive event to the 2014 State Fair!  

Kansans of all ages and gender are encouraged to decorate a bra and enter in one of the following classes: Pretty’n Pink; Most Creative; and Agriculture/Livestock themes.

Entry fee will be $5.00 each. There will be prizes for each category and a People’s Choice Award, too. There is no limit on how many entries you can submit.

All proceeds will be donated to Victory in the Valley, a non-profit, cancer support organization which began in 1983 with the mission to assist, encourage, and improve the lives of cancer patients and their families.

A Fashion show featuring models – Kansas Firefighters – wearing the winning bras will be scheduled on the last day of the 2014 Kansas State Fair, Sunday, September 14, at the Domestic Arts Building. So get busy… and “bedazzle a brassiere.”

For more information, e-mail


Denny Stoecklein, General Manager provides insight to U.S. Cellular Grandstand entertainment

April 10, 2014 by

We are sometimes asked “how do you go about booking the grandstand entertainment?” Well, it’s a quite lengthy process that begins right after (and even sometimes before) the prior year’s Fair.
The Fair employs an agency, Romeo Entertainment Group (REG), for talent-buying and backstage production support.
As we work to determine who to feature at the State Fair, we welcome and solicit feedback from fairgoers to share with REG; REG has relationships with all of the major talent agencies so they are constantly in touch with various agents to find out what acts may be available
When we decide to submit an offer to an act, there are several criteria we must take into consideration. Some of the more critical ones are:
• Cost of the act – performers are paid a guarantee, so once a contract is agreed to, the Fair is on the hook for the guarantee amount regardless of how many tickets are sold to the concert. Thus, it’s very important there be some level of confidence that a particular act can sell enough tickets to at least cover the guarantee.
• Routing – performers want to be efficient as they criss-cross the country on tours so they try to plan shows within a reasonable distance of each other. For instance, some performers who come to the Kansas State Fair might also perform just prior to or after the show here at the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa. If a performer is going to be on either coast or out of the country during the time of our Fair, it’s likely we won’t be able to secure their services.
• Whether the act is playing the market – with increasing competition, we must ensure an act isn’t performing within a certain distance radius and within a time period prior to or following the Fair. If an act has been in the market, it could diminish our chances to sell tickets to their show at the Fair.
Once we’ve taken these factors into account, we move forward with an offer and wait for a response from the act. Often times it can be several weeks or even a few months before we get an answer. If a wait becomes too long, we may have to withdraw the offer and move on to another option.
It’s our goal to have a line-up finalized in the spring so we can go on sale with tickets in May. Then as the Fair approaches we start the process over again in preparation for the following year.

Happy New Year

December 27, 2013 by

This time of year we all tend to reflect on what we have accomplished and begin setting goals for the upcoming New Year. Each year our staff conducts this same mental exercise. We find ourselves in  meetings, meetings and more meetings…with who you say?  Our fair-time staff, commercial exhibitors, competitive exhibitors and supervisors; Fair vendors that include companies like the tent rental company, sound and light companies, cleaning services, port-a-pot suppliers (who would think) and many others.   

As we reflect and plan know that we make every effort to make the Kansas State Fair experience positive for all.  For those of you who haven’t visited for a while, we’ve come a long way baby! But we don’t rest on our laurels we continue to improve and become better.  We encourage our fair friends to join in the conversation. You can do so through this blog, facebook, and twitter or just stop by and see us.

Have a Happy New Year!

Kansas State Fairgrounds busy year-round!

March 27, 2013 by

If only we had a $1.00 each time we are asked, “You Work Year Round?”. Not only does it take our staff a year (or more) to plan the annual Kansas State Fair but we host over 400 events on the Fairgrounds during the Non-Fair months.  In 2012 we hosted 97 banquets/parties, 30 meetings, 28 trade shows, 66 wedding receptions, 8 RV Rallies and this list goes on…. So as you can see when we have 1125 “event days” scheduled our staff continues to remain busy assisting our guests.

For information about our Non-Fair activities you can view on-line at

Quarter Horse Show

May 8, 2012 by

The Reno County Quarter Horse Association will host their Quarter Horse Show in the Expo Center on May 12 and May 13. For additional information, please contact Karen Russell at 620-665-7725.

Fair Fan Club

May 7, 2012 by

Fair Fan Club member sales for U.S. Cellular Grandstand tickets began today at 8:00 a.m. and will end on May 16. If you are interested in joining the Fair Fan Club, please call 620-669-3600 or visit

March of Dimes

April 26, 2012 by

Registration for the March of Dimes Walk For Babies fundraiser will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Lake Talbott East. For additional information, please call Nicole Dibben at 316-267-9255 or visit

Annual Women’s Show

April 19, 2012 by

The 11th Annual Women’s Show and Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admision is $2 for anyone 13 years of age or older. Vendor booths, speakers, stage presentations and the fashion show will be in the Meadowlark Building. The Health Fair will be in the Sunflower South Building and includes several free screenings.

Junior Saddle Horse Show

April 18, 2012 by

The Junior Saddle Horse Show will be held in the Expo Center April 20-22, 2012. For additional information, contact the Kansas Saddle Horse Association at or Becky Dillon 620-241-8040.

Spring Poultry Show

April 12, 2012 by

The Kansas Classic Poultry Club will host their Spring Poultry Show in the Poultry/Pigeon Building on Saturday, April 14. For additional information, please contact George Robbins 785-863-2184.