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The Kansas State Fair and the Greater Hutchinson Convention and Visitors Bureau extend an invitation to you and your band students to participate in the Band Program at the Kansas State Fair. Approval has been received from the Kansas State High School Activities Association for the 2018 event.

The high school marching band program is one of the great, long standing traditions of the Kansas State Fair. This program started in 1989. Last year 102 High School and Middle School bands participated, with 5,478 band students in attendance.

We encourage all middle and high school bands across the state to participate in this program. This is a great opportunity for your band to demonstrate their musical talent as well as showcase their hard work and team effort. This performance early in the season gives your band a wonderful chance to benefit from the judge’s ratings and comments before any state competitions.

Bands can choose to participate in the downtown parade portion of the event, the Fairgrounds marching & arena performance or both portions of the event. Marching will be on September 10th, 11th and 12th (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) with judging on all days. All Bands that participate will receive a rosette with their rating. Those bands that perform downtown and at the Fairgrounds and receive a I of any kind will also receive a $30 premium check. Those bands that receive a I+ at either location will also receive a banner.

Three judges are at each location. Ratings, judge comment sheets and your rosette can be picked up at the Kansas State Fair Administration office after 1pm on your performance day. Any awards not picked up will be mailed to the school as soon as possible. Judges will NOT need a copy of your music. Ratings are based on the adjudication form listed at the bottom. The score from the three judges will be averaged together to get your overall rating.

A specially priced $3.00 gate ticket is available to those participating in the Marching Band Program on Tuesday, and Wednesday. Monday is Dollar Day at the Kansas State Fair. Gate admission on this day will only be $1.00. All bands must check in at the Fairgrounds at Gate 5a for entrance. When paying by check, we require that one (1) check be made out to the KANSAS STATE FAIR to pay for the gate tickets. All bands entering the Fairgrounds must have payment with them or have pre-paid.

Pay-One-Price days where you can ride all the rides you want for $30, will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rides open at 1pm on Tuesday and at Noon on Wednesday. In addition to the $1.00 gate admission available on Monday, September 10, all North American Midway carnival rides will be ONE TICKET per ride. Rides open at Noon on Monday.

Please take a restroom break prior to arrival a the staging area! No restrooms available at the parade location.

Buses will come south on Adams St. to Poplar St. where they will turn left (East) onto Avenue B. Police officers and staff will direct the buses to the corner of Avenue B and Washington St., where we will line up on the South side of the street and students will unload and line up in front of their buses. Bands will march one block East to Main St., turn North on Main St. and perform for five blocks to 3rd Avenue, where they will turn right and load back up on buses. (See downtown parade map below)

Every effort will be made to schedule your time preference. Bands will be sent along parade route as they arrive, so please have students in uniform and ready to go when you arrive at the staging location.

Downtown parade is scheduled between 9:00 am and 10:30 am on Monday; 9:00 am and 10:00 am on Tuesday and 8:00 am and 10:30 am on Wednesday.

The Downtown Parade Marching is free to participate. Fair admission tickets are not required to participate in the Downtown Marching portion of this event. Following downtown marching, we strongly encourage bands to march and perform on the Fairgrounds.

If you experience travel delays and will arrive late to your downtown performance please notify the Hutchinson Conventions & Visitors Bureau at 620-662-3391.

Bus parking is available in Lot B which is on the North side of the Fairgrounds off of State Fair Road. (See Fairgrounds map below) Please enter the Fairgrounds parking area at State Fair Road and Main Street.

Students should unload in Lot B and proceed in uniform to gate Gate 5a where Kansas State Fair personnel will assist you. If your tickets have not been pre-paid this is where you will pay.

Bands will be directed by Kansas State Fair personnel from Gate 5a through the Fairgrounds to Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena to perform for the judges. Bands will march through the Fairgrounds for the Fair patrons. Please be prepared to march and play or march to a drum cadence.

Due to the number of bands performing, all performance will be limited to two musical selections. If the National Anthem is played this will count as one of your two musical selections.

Fairgrounds performances are scheduled between 7:45 am and 10:20 am on Monday & Tuesday and 7:30 am and 11:15 am on Wednesday.

Those bands that purchase tickets but are NOT performing at the Fairgrounds must still check-in at Gate 5a by 11am to receive their tickets and band packet.

Fair admission tickets are required to participate in the Fairgrounds portion of this marching event.

Restrooms are available after your performance. Water is also available at Gate 5a.

If you experience travel delays and will arrive late to your Fairgrounds performance please notify the Kansas State Fair at 620-669-3600.

Change from last year: Band performance schedule will be posted here on September 4th. We will not be sending out performance schedule emails. All bands will be scheduled to perform on the day you chose so buses can be scheduled in advance. We many need to adjust your performance time if we have multiple bands requested the same time. You can find your scheduled performance time by looking at the performance schedule on September 4th.

Registrations are due September 1st. The performance schedule will be posted to this website on
September 4th. To register your band, please fill out the online registration form below.
Please call 620-669-3607 or email with any questions.

2018 Band Judges


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