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The Kansas State Fair extends an invitation to you and your band students to participate in the Marching Band Program at the Kansas State Fair. Approval has been received from the Kansas State High School Activities Association for the 2020 event.

The high school marching band program is one of the great, long standing traditions of the Kansas State Fair. . This program started as far back as the 1960's. Fair-goers love watching the bands as they march by. Last year 101 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 will march a parade route on the Fairgrounds and have the additional opportunity to perform in the Bretz and Young Injury Lawyers Arena. (See map below). Marching will be on September 14th, 15th and 16th (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday) with judging on all days. All Bands that participate will receive a rosette with their rating. Those bands that receive a I+ will also receive a banner.

Three judges are at each location. Marching judges will be along 20th Avenue after passing the Sheep, Swine & Goat Barn. Ratings, judge comment sheets, and your rosette can be picked up at the Kansas State Fair Administration office after 1 pm 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.

Monday is Dollar Day at the Kansas State Fair. Gate admission on this day will only be $1.00 each person. A specially priced $3.00 gate ticket is available to those participating in the Marching Band Program on Tuesday, and Wednesday. For every four students, a teacher/sponsor/chaperone/bus driver may get in free. All bands must check in at the Fairgrounds at Gate 9 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.

Fair admission tickets are required to participate in this marching event.

**NEW THIS YEAR** This is a KSHSAA sanctioned and professionally judged competition, therefore, any band wishing to march and/or perform in the arena and not stay for a day at the Fair will be charged a $40.00 entry fee. This will enable your group to enter the Fairgrounds to be judged on their performance, receive the judges comments and earn the appropriate award. Any parents/spectators wishing to watch your students will be required to purchase a gate ticket.

Pay-One-Price, days where you can ride all the rides you want for $30, will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rides open at 1 pm on Tuesday and at Noon on Wednesday. In addition to the $1.00 gate admission available on Monday, September 14, all North American Midway carnival rides will be ONE TICKET per ride. Tickets are $2.00 each. Rides open at Noon on Monday.

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.

The parade on the Fairgrounds is scheduled between 8:30 am - 11:00 am on Monday; 8:30 am - 10:00 am on Tuesday, and 8:30 am - 11:30 am on Wednesday.

All bus parking will be in Lot C, which is on the east side of the Fairgrounds off of Plum Street. (See Fairgrounds map below) Please enter the Fairgrounds parking area at 20th and Plum. Fairgrounds personnel will direct and park the buses in a designated area. Please inform your bus driver(s) they must follow parking personnel directions so that we can utilize space and make departure pleasant and unhindered.

Students should unload in Lot C and proceed in uniform to gate Gate 9 where Kansas State Fair personnel will assist you. This is a high-traffic area, so please have band personnel walk in the designated walk-ways, not the roadways. If your tickets have not been pre-paid, this is where you will pay.

Bands will be directed by Kansas State Fair personnel, marching from Gate 9 on 20th Ave through the Fairgrounds to Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena, for an optional performance. The marching route continues on Ft. Leavenworth Blvd. to 23rd Ave and out Gate 8. Bands will be marching 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 performances in the arena will be limited to two musical selections. If the National Anthem is played, this will count as one of your two musical selections.

All bands must check-in at Gate 9 by 11:00 am to receive their tickets and band packet.

Fair admission tickets are required to participate in this marching event.

Restrooms are available before & after your performance. Water will be available at Bretz & Young Arena and at Gate 8 as Bands exit the Fairgrounds.

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

Band performance schedule will be posted here on September 3rd. 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 3rd.

Registrations are due September 4th. The performance schedule will be posted to this website on
September 8th. To register your band, please fill out the online registration form below.
Please call 620-669-3607 or email with any questions.

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