For numerous reasons, Kansas State Fair will only be accepting online entries in our Competitions Departments, effective immediately. If you should need assistance for any reason, please contact our office at 620-669-3600. You may also email us at Our goal is to make this transition process as easy as possible.

Superintendent: Sue Franko

Location: Professional Arts Galleries - Lake Talbot Bldgs.

Kansas State Fair General Rules must be followed by ALL exhibitors in addition to any department, division and class rules listed.


******RULES # 1 - 5 ARE NEW
  1. DEADLINE DATES: All exhibitors are required to submit their entries online by deadline date of JULY 25. Online assistance is available during regular business hours only. (Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
  2. LATE ENTRIES: Entries will still be accepted after the deadline but will follow these rules: All entries past their deadline will need to be registered online. Late fees will apply. Our late fees no longer reflect per exhibit but per exhibitor.
  3. LIMITS: An exhibitor can enter up to two items in any one given class, but can only win and be paid for one placing. Example: The judge selects exhibits from the same exhibitor to place 1st & 3rd. Kansas State Fair will recognize the exhibit winning 1st place.
  4. Exhibitors will have up to 15 minutes to arrange, display or touch up their exhibit upon arrival, but prior to check in. Exhibits cannot be prepared or assembled on-site unless it is a "real time" contest and it is stated in the rules. Superintendent has the right to disqualify an entry or exhibit if anyone other than the exhibitor has prepared it. ALL WORK MUST BE THAT OF THE EXHIBITOR.
  5. Kansas State Fair will now recognize a 4th and 5th place winner in each class with a ribbon. Classes that offered only 1st place, will now extend to 2nd and 3rd. No premiums will be awarded for these additional placings unless specified.
  6. Any item that does not meet Kansas State Fair requirements will not be accepted. If an item is accepted in oversight, it may later be disqualified and/or not judged or displayed.
  7. Professionals are those who are teachers of art or who make a practice of selling their work.
  8. Only Kansas artists at least 18 years of age are eligible.
  9. Any work produced in the last (2) two years will be accepted. It must be original in composition and rendering. Observe copyright laws. The individual submitting the work must be the artist.
  10. Articles done in a workshop or class are not eligible.
  11. During check-in, a Kansas State Fair staff member may question if you entered your item properly, but only if it is obvious that the item may not meet the class requirements. If an exhibitor is not sure if they have entered properly, they must ask a staff member for assistance BEFORE the item is checked in. This process can only be done during receiving hours and at the request of the exhibitor. If you question the class entered, and the superintendent can justify the error, it may be moved to the proper class. Once an item has been checked-in, it cannot be moved. Check-in finalizes your entry. Kansas State Fair does not allow any item substitutions.
  12. Our primary audience consists of family and youth. We reserve the right to reject any entry that may be considered objectionable by that audience.
  13. All exhibits will receive the best care and protection in their surroundings. They are at all times subject to owner's risk and in no event will Kansas State Fair staff be responsible for any damage that may occur.

Shipping charges on all exhibits must be prepaid. Packages should be addressed to: Kansas State Fair, ATTN: Professional Arts Department, 2000 N. Poplar, Hutchinson, KS 67502 and should arrive between August 15th - 30th, no earlier/later. A copy of your entry form/registration should also be included in your package with your pre-registered items. Please make sure all items are labeled in a manner that can be removed before judging (a note attached by a rubber band, twist tie, masking tape, safety pin, etc.)

Item(s) will be shipped back at the exhibitors request and expense after the fair and in its original packaging. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING POSTAGE STAMPS, PREPAID LABELS, CASH OR CHECKS FOR POSTAGE IN ADVANCE. EXHIBITOR MUST INCLUDE INSTRUCTIONS FOR RETURNING WITH ORIGINAL SHIPMENT ALONG WITH A COPY OF YOUR REGISTRATION. We will phone you to obtain a credit card number for payment BEFORE items are returned. Packages will be returned U.S. Postal Service. We will not insure for any additional value unless requested by the exhibitor.

To see the rules and classes offered in PROFESSIONAL ARTS, click on a DIVISION below.


Thank You to our Sponsors :

  • Sandra Bell - Hutchinson
  • Christopher Britton & Steven Hawkins - Hutchinson
  • Family of Barbara Peirce - Hutchinson
  • Friends of Barbara Peirce - Hutchinson
  • Family & Friends of Pat Potucek - Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson Art Center - Hutchinson
  • The Hutchinson News - Hutchinson
  • Westphal Jewelers - Hutchinson

**If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact the department Supervisor or phone our Competitive Exhibits Dept. @ 620-669-3600

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