Talking Tombstone Train Tour
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Talking Tombstone Train Tour

Date: Friday, Sept. 6
Show times: 8:30, 8:45, 9:15 and 9:30 p.m.
Location: State Fair Railroad (north of the Admissions Building)
Cost: $25 and includes Gate Admission

Kansas State Fair visitors will get an opportunity to travel back to the early days of the Kansas State Fair on the Talking Tombstone Train Tour.

The new one-time night event, slated for Friday, Sept. 6 is presented by Hutchinson’s Stage 9, in cooperation with the Kansas State Fair and the Kansas State Fair Railroad. The concept is mirrored after the organization’s Talking Tombstones, which takes place in October in the local Eastside Cemetery.

At each stop along the route, fairgoers will learn more about four real people who were instrumental in building the Fair’s foundation.

Meet W.H.S Benedict — a Hutchinson businessman who was a founding member of the Kansas State Fair. Emerson Carey — the senator who helped pass legislation in 1913 declaring Hutchinson the official state fair. J.B. Holdren, or Bardo the Clown, who worked for the Fair for 67 years as a sign painter, clown and artist. Train riders will also hear from Martha Sponslor — the wife of A.L. Sponslor, the Fair’s first manager.

Only 34 seats are available for each of the four show times - 8:30, 8:45, 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the Kansas State Fair Ticket Office or by calling (620) 669-3618. All tickets include gate admission.

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