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One of the best ways to engage your students is through the competitive exhibits and demonstrations provided by the Kansas State Fair. There’s ample opportunity for students to showcase their skill in the fine 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.

Marching Band Competition


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 Arena. It’s not only one of the most popular features during the Kansas State Fair, it’s among the favorite activities for students and teachers.

Dance Showcase

Sunday, September 15, Noon at Bretz & Young Arena


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 are granted to teams that earn specialty awards.

Debate and Forensics Showcases

Debate Showcase: Tuesday, September 10, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Forensics Showcase: Thursday, September 12, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

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 happen at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 1:00 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 to receive discounted gate tickets.

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.

Fine Art


Questions? Contact the Creative & Traditional Competitions Director at 620-669-3621.

The Kansas State Fair contains many chances for students in Kindergarten through high school to enter their art and craft work for evaluation. Ceramics, basic crafts, Lego construction, painting, drawing, computer design, and free form clay work all have a place at the Kansas State Fair! Adherence to the entry guidelines is critical–so start lining up your entries today. Teachers, click here to register class artwork.

Geography Bee

Monday, September 10


Give your sharpest geography students the chance to shine in this year’s Kansas State Fair Geography Bee. This Quiz-Bowl style competition will take students around the world and allow them to showcase their knowledge of the United States, North America and the world. Competitions will be structured for students in 5th and 6th grade, middle school, and high school. Register at kansasstatefair.com for this event, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 10th, in the Encampment building. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams.

Creative Ag Contest—Telling the Story of Kansas Agriculture


The Creative Ag Contest is an opportunity for students to educate Kansas State Fair visitors on the importance of Kansas agriculture in a fun, innovative way. Students in grades 5-12 will be able to practice or enhance their artistic and writing skills through telling the importance of agriculture in Kansas to the consumer’s daily life—things like technology, agriculture history, innovation, agriculture leaders, crops, livestock, and biotechnology. Each student may enter one creative essay and one visual arts piece. The visual arts piece may be any of the following: 3D art, drawing (charcoal, pencil, crayon, and marker), or painting.

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



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

Contact the Creative & Traditional Competitions Director at 620-669-3621 for questions on the fine arts competition.

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