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Contests and Events

One of the best ways to engage your students is through the competitive exhibits and demonstrations provided by the Kansas State Fair. There is ample opportunity for students to showcase their skills in school arts, forensics, debate, band and dance.

Be sure to register your school for discounted admission, parking instructions and other helpful information to guide your experience.

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Marching Band Competition

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 30

Bands complete Monday (9/9/19), Tuesday (9/10/19), or Wednesday (9/11/19) of the Fair.

Nearly 6,000 band students attend the Kansas State Fair each year, some showcasing their marching skills on the Fairgrounds for a competition, before putting their best foot forward for a professionally judged competition at the Bretz and Young Injury Lawyers Arena. This highly-popular event is favorite of fair-goers, students and teachers.

Dance Showcase

Sunday, Sept. 15, 12:00 p.m.

Bretz & Young Arena

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 30

School dance teams and dance studio performance groups who want to show off their dance skills can participate in the Kansas State Fair Dance Showcase. Each team/group will receive ratings per KSHSAA rules. All participants receive a ribbon, and rosettes/banners are granted to teams that earn specialty awards.

Debate and Forensics Showcases

Debate Showcase: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Forensics Showcase: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12

Debate Demonstration sponsored by Kansas Wesleyan University

Debate and forensics demonstrations provide the chance for your academic teams to hone their talents and skills. Demonstrations take place at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This is not a tournament, but an exhibition by several of our state’s top high school teams and individuals. They’ll be debating the current topics in conjunction with the Kansas State High School Activities Association and showcasing winning forensics performances from spring 2019.

Register your class for discounted tickets here.

Scholastic Press Corps

The Scholastic Press Corps is a yearly favorite that often fills up well before the end of the previous school year. This is a fantastic chance for students interested in print and broadcast journalism to experience work in the real world—spending one day at the Fair producing a newsletter, video, or broadcast related to their Fair experience. About 250 students each year craft several story packages–including specific assignments from the Fair–which are then submitted for competition. Thank you for your interest. Registration is full for 2019.

School Art

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: August 30


This is the first year classroom artwork will be displayed in the Education Center (formally the Do Art Building). Due to limited space, each student will be allowed one entry from their teacher(s).

For questions about School Art entries contact Jacki Eckert, Education Manager at 620.669.3607.


Students wishing to enter additional individual artwork or crafts may do so in Fine Arts under Kreative Kids. Deadline for Fine Arts is Aug. 15.

For questions about Fine Art entries contact Nicole Jaskoski, Competitions Coordinator 620.669.3621 or Cheri Baysinger, Competitive Exhibits Assistant 620.669.3881

Field Trips for Grades 7-12

It’s hard to outgrow the fun of the Kansas State Fair — older students still relish the chance to experience a change of scenery with a day to explore Kansas’ Largest Classroom.

While many middle school and high school students come to the Fair for specific competitions and special events such as band, forensics, debate, or FFA, they can spend the rest of their day learning more about their world. Teachers of older students typically use the Kansas State Fair to create assignments for students, who are then free to explore and find the answers in their own ways. This allows students the flexibility they enjoy, while still providing enough structure to make a day at the Fair a fun learning experience.


REGISTER HERE for field trips if you have not already registered for a contest above



Questions?

Contact our Education Director at 620-669-3607 for field trip planning and questions on activities listed above.

Contact the Competitions Coordinator at 620-669-3621 for questions on the fine arts competition.

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