Fair Food & Tunes Weekend
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Fair Food & Tunes Weekend

Don't want to wait another year to experience the tastes of the Kansas State Fair? Even though we won't be able to get together and celebrate Kansas in September, you will still be able to enjoy some of our famous cuisine - deep-fried to perfection. Along with the fair foods available for purchase, a special evening of live performances of Kansas talent will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 at Lake Talbott.

Who is coming

  • D&J Pronto Pup
  • Jay Wells Ice Cream
  • Black Label Concessions (Hamburgers, Nacho Fries, Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches)
  • Rotten Rodney's (Tacones)
  • Dusek's Root Beer
  • Dusek's Quesadillas
  • 2-Y Kettle Corn
  • Charlie's Place (Craft and Domestic Beer at Lake Talbott)
  • Kathy B's (Chicken Strips, The Bickle - Bacon-Wrapped Pickles)
  • Brackett Concessions (Funnel Cakes, Fried Oreos & Desserts)
  • Mid-State Cookers (Chicken baskets, fried pickles)
We will continue to update the vendor list as more concessionaries sign on.

Health And Safety Guidelines

We will be asking those attending to please social distance. Masks are encouraged, per Reno County outdoor event guidelines. If social distancing can not occur, patrons must wear a mask. Food vendors are spread out across three Fair streets - creating an outdoor restaurant atmosphere with plenty of space. Outdoor table seating will be spaced for your convenience.

The Details

What: Kansas State Fair Food and Tunes Weekend
Where: Kansas State Fairgrounds
Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.

Fair Vendors: About a dozen Fair food vendors will be participating, offering Kansas State Fair favorites.
Tunes at Talbott: Kansas talent will perform Saturday evening at Hutchinson Regional Healthcare Systems Stage at Lake Talbott. Live performances begin at 5 p.m.

There is no gate fee.

Other details:

  • The Giant Slide will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Tunes will take place starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System Stage at Lake Talbott.
  • We are following all Reno County health guidelines. Masks are encouraged. If you can't social distance, masks are required.
  • Those staying for the Tunes event should bring their own chairs and/or blankets. This is a park-like atmosphere.
  • Entrance into the grounds is through Gate 1 as shown on the map;
  • Parking signs and attendants will help you park.
  • Food vendors are spread across two streets, creating an open-air restaurant atmosphere with lots of space.
  • There will be plenty of locations for people to spread out and eat.
  • Bathrooms will be open. Check the map for locations.
  • Coolers are NOT allowed.
  • Exit the grounds through Gate 3.

Giant Yellow Slide Open!

You won't have to wait a year to take a ride down the giant yellow slide! The slide will be open during the Fair Food and Tunes event.

Slide hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 21-22.

Kansas Cares About the Fair Campaign

The Kansas Fairgrounds Foundation, the event sponsor, will sell T-shirts and take donations for the Fair’s current Kansas Cares About the Fair Campaign. The Fair is a fee-funded agency that survives on the income it makes from each Fair. With the lack of anticipated revenue after the 2020 Fair was canceled, the Foundation is helping to raise funds to ensure the Fair tradition continues for future generations.

Find their booth near Lake Talbott.

Tunes at Talbott

Along with the fair foods, a special evening of tunes will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22.

Lockeland Performance: 7 p.m.

This Nashville group is rising on the country music scene. One of their members - Kyndon Oakes - is a Kansas-native from Independence.

Lockeland is a straight-up contemporary country with a throwback twist; the trio’s blend of talents complement one another naturally and instinctively. Since the launch of the trio’s debut single, “Til The Cows Come Home,” which landed in the Top 40 on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart, Lockeland has appeared on the CMA Spotlight Stage and has performed with country music favorites such as Big & Rich, Kip Moore, Josh Turner, LANCO, Morgan Evans, and Logan Mize.
Makayla Brownlee Performance: 6 p.m.

The Wellington teen was on the 2020 season of American Idol, making it into the Top 40. The 17-year-old was among the hundreds who responded to an open-audition call by “Idol” producers in Wichita in September. She made it several rounds — even advancing to the Top 40 after suffering from a seizure before her performance, succumbing to a disorder called neurocardiogenic syncope in which she was diagnosed during her seventh grade year. She didn't advance to the Top 20
Sassanachs — Performance: 5 p.m.

The Sassanachs were started by the brothers Werner – John and Matt in 2016. Having had a successful run in their previous band, The Screaming Idiots, they decided to try it all again, but this time with an Irish twist. This high-energy Irish and folk rock-influenced band hails from Harvey County. The group takes listeners on a journey around the world with polkas, country, mariachi, punk and more.
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