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Kansas State Fair Board

Executive Board

Harmon Bliss - Chair

Harmon Bliss, Jetmore, currently is an agricultural education instructor.

Bliss represents the Southwest Extension District

Ron Hinrichsen - Vice Chair

Ron Hinrichsen is Director of Beef Sales and Marketing for Genex Beef. He also operates Hinrichsen Ranch near Westmoreland. Hinrichsen represents the Northeast Kansas Extension District.

Robert Atkisson - Secretary

A farmer and rancher near Stockton, Atkisson has been a longtime volunteer and leader with the Rooks County Fair. In 2016, he was inducted into the Kansas Fairs and Festivals Hall of Fame. Atkisson serves as the Kansas Fairs and Festivals designee.

Extension District Representatives

Kathy Brazle - Southeast Kansas Extension

Kathy Brazle, of Chanute, is a retired school administrator. Previously a teacher in Erie, Brazle received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physical education from Southwestern College and a master’s degree in physical education from the University of Kansas.

Sarah Green - South-Central Kansas Extension

Sarah Green, Wichita, is a community engagement manager with the Kansas Department of Transportation. Previously, she served as local foods and rural outreach coordinator under the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

Nicholas Ketzner - Northwest Extension

Nick Ketzner, of Bird City, is the Rocky Mountain and Plains States sales representative for High Noon Feeds - which specializes in livestock show animal feed.

Kansas Chamber Represenative

Paula Landoll-Smith

Landoll-Smith is the marketing director for the Landoll Corporation in Marysville, which manufactures products in industries including transportation and agriculture.

Departments of Ag and Commerce Representatives

Patty Clark - Kansas Department of Commerce

Patty Clark is the Deputy Secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce. She recently served as State Director for USDA Rural Development and, most recently, was with the Kansas Leadership Center where she served as acting president from September 2017 through March 2018.

Mike Beam - Kansas Secretary of Agriculture

Before becoming the Kansas Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Beam spent 38 years in association management for the Kansas Livestock Association.

Kansas State University Extension Designee

Gregg Hadley - Associate Director of Extension

Gregg Hadley is the Associate Director for Kansas State University Extension.

At-Large Members

Dylan Evans

Dylan Evans, Lebo, is the owner of Farmers State Bank of Aliceville and DWE Livestock. He received a master’s degree in food science, a bachelor’s degree in animal science and industry and a bachelor’s degree in food science and industry, all from Kansas State University.

John Bottenberg

John Bottenberg previously served on the Kansas State Fair Board in the 2000s. He was reappointed in 2020 for a three-year term. Bottenberg, a former state represenative, is a lobbyist in Topeka.

Travel Industry Association of Kansas

Holly Lofton

Holly Lofton, Lindsborg, is the director of tourism for the Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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