Welcome to the 2018 Kansas State Fair! We're excited to help our media partners develop helpful and fascinating stories. This guide will help you secure gate tickets, as well as learn important information about this year's event.
We gladly provide free gate admission and special parking to members of the working press who are actively working on fair-related stories. Click here to request tickets by Friday, August 31.
Media Preview Event
Join us from 9:30-10:45 a.m. on Friday, September 7, for an exclusive preview of the 2018 Kansas State Fair. We will begin with a short presentation of highlights in the House of Capper (directly east of the administration building), then take you in small groups on a walking tour of new foods and attractions. We'll end at Gottschalk Park for Opening Ceremonies, which will lead directly into the Timberworks Lumberjack Show and our new People of Kansas Showcase and Community Showcase. Put on your walking shoes for a fun morning. We will have golf carts available for those who need mobility assistance. Plan to arrive at the publicity office around 8:30-9:00 to park, pick-up your tickets, and have enough time to walk to the House of Capper.
The team at BowerComm and the Kansas State Fair are available to answer questions, arrange interviews, and help you get materials needed for stories. Key contacts:
Publicity Office: 620.669.3840. Located at the green "Tee Box" in parking lot C, on Plum Street across from Gate 9.
312.310.0832 [Lori Bower cell]
620.474.4921 [Bailey Stiggins cell]
620.960.1591 [Amy Bickel cell]
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The publicity office is located in the green “Tee Box” building. The Tee Box is located at the northeast corner of 20th and Plum Streets in Parking Lot C, across from entrance 9. Physical address of the building is 1920 North Plum in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Days & Hours
The Kansas State Fair publicity office will be open for media beginning Friday, Sept. 8, through Sunday, Sept. 17. Hours:
- Friday, September 7 – 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, September 8 through Saturday, September 15 – 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Sunday, September 17, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Publicity Office Resources
The following resources and services are also available in the publicity office to members of the working media:
- Climate-controlled workspace
- Media parking
- Phone and internet access
- Refreshments and restrooms
- Maps, daily schedules and press releases
State Fair Artwork and Photos
All Kansas State Fair artwork and photos are available exclusively online.
Click here for logos, lock-ups, and art elements
A link to 2018 event photos will be added here once they become available. If you need past photos prior to the fair, please email Jo Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press ReleasesClick here for press releases
Entertainment Information and Interviews
The publicity office is available to assist with information on grandstand and free stage entertainers scheduled to perform at the fair. Media contacts for entertainers are available upon request. It is highly recommended to provide one week’s advance notice for media contact and/or interview requests. While not all requests will be able to be granted due to label and/or scheduling limitations, the publicity office will make every effort to assist with these requests.
Results of the competitive exhibits and competitions will be available exclusively online, and they will be posted as they become available--a link will be placed on this page. Digital photography of livestock winners will be available for download via a link on this page, as it becomes available.
There is abundant free parking at the fair. Several parking rows will be reserved at the southwest side of Parking Lot C (near gate E-9) for media only. Media will be provided with a permit that must be displayed on the dashboard at all times while in the media parking lot. Violators will be towed at the owners’ expense. On-grounds parking is granted by the Kansas State Fair on a case-by-case basis for limited use. Please submit requests for on-grounds parking via the online credentials request form by Friday, August 31.