The Fair is filled with tradition, but there are plenty of new activities for 2019.
Explore Kansas Festival
This festival -- first weekend of the State Fair -- will feature the treasures and attractions found in Kansas communities. More than 40 Kansas communities will be represented from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 7-8 in Gottschalk Park. Other communities and Kansas products are located in the Pride of Kansas Building to the west.
Outdoor Kansas Day
Discover Kansas trails, wildlife, fishing and more during Kansas Outdoor Day Sept 15! Among the Highlights: Learn about archery through the state’s Archery in the Schools Program. Also, Pheasants Forever will have its Daisy BB Gun Range. Plus, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will have displays all 10 days in two buildings. Among the attractions: a 3,000-gallon aquarium stocked with Kansas fish.
Bandaloni, the One-Man Band
Back by popular demand is the one and only Bandaloni. This one-man band performs with bass and rhythm guitar, harmonica, kick drum, two high-hats, snare drum, cowbell and tambourine. And, he can sing. The magic doesn’t end there as Bandaloni is also known for his great sense of humor, audience interaction and novelty guitar tricks. Find him performing daily throughout the Fairgrounds.
Jason D’Vaude (that’s Vaude as in Vaudeville) is a self-taught one-man circus. The Kansas City entertainer brings his comedic juggling, fire and clowning show to Fair audiences, delighting them with his charming humor and distinct but refined awkwardness. Watch him juggle sharp items, climb up precariously balanced objects, ride an extra tall unicycle and manipulate fire like a master. Look to the sky or spot the flames to find this roaming act on the grounds.
The Strong Man
The Kansas State Fair will have its own version of Superman. Strongman John Beatty can bend steel, flip over cars and pull one-ton pickups. Beatty can also turn a horseshoe into a heart, lift 10 kids in the air at once and drive a nail with his hand. Beatty has performed at world strongman competitions and muscled his way to the quarterfinals on Season 5 of America’s Got Talent. Find him at Grandstand Avenue/Fort Riley Boulevard intersection (by the Lair/Steckline Fountain).
There is a lot to do and see for the price of gate admission — including two free evening concerts with up-and-coming country acts. Mason Ramsey, the 12-year-old “Little Hank Williams,” will perform Tuesday, Sept. 10. Lindsay Ell, this year’s Country Music Association’s Newcomer of the Year nominee, will take the stage Thursday, Sept. 12, with special guest Madison Kozak. Both concerts are at Bretz and Young Injury Lawyers Arena and start at 7:30 p.m. Ell’s concert is sponsored by First Choice Communications, an authorized AT&T Retailer.
Draft and Miniature Horse Parade
The parade will circle the grounds beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.