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Legislators Day, Celebrity Grape Stomp and Josh Turner at the Kansas State Fair




Kansas State Fair Day 2 (Saturday, Sept. 9)

Media Opportunities

Are You a Member of the Working Media?

Credentials are available to working media to cover Kansas State Fair events and activities on the fairgrounds, and assistance is available to help schedule Fair interviews. Additional media services are available during the fair and include daily press releases and other timely information; work space and refreshments at the fair’s on-site publicity office. Call 620.669.3840 to find out about these services and more.

Highlights for Sept. 10 Media Opportunities:

  • WIBW Live Ag Forum
  • Legislative Showmanship
  • Local Celebrities Compete in Grape Stomping

Midwest Ford Grand Drive: The best of the best

  • Beard and Mustache Competition: Facial Hair, Mustaches and Goatees Galore
  • Josh Turner Takes the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand Stage


Legislators Day

WIBW Live Ag Forum

11:00 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9

Bretz and Young Injury Lawyers Arena

WIBW Radio and the Kansas State Fair will be hosting an Agriculture Forum featuring Senate Agriculture Committee chairman and Kansas Senator Pat Roberts and Congressman Roger Marshall.

Legislative Showmanship

Sponsored by Kansas Fairs & Festivals Association

1:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept 9

Prairie Pavilion

What does it take to exhibit livestock? Stop by the Prairie Pavilion and watch youth become teachers. 4-H and FFA members will pair with Kansas legislators and offer one-on-one training and coaching. This year Legislators will test their cattle-exhibiting skills.

Celebrity Grape Stomping

3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9
Nex-Tech Wireless Stage at Lake Talbott

You won’t want to miss the annual grape stomp where local celebrities and fair visitors will have the chance to stomp grapes in celebration of the growth in Kansas grape and wine industries. Be sure to stop by and watch them battle it out to be the celebrity grape stomping champions!

Midwest Ford Dealers Grand Drive and Gala

6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9
Prairie Pavilion

The Midwest Ford Dealers Grand Drive features beef, sheep, swine and goats. Each year, thousands of Kansas 4H and FFA members compete in the Prairie Pavilion at the Kansas State Fair. Spectators will witness the best youth livestock show in Kansas. Each contestant is striving to “Get on the Green Chips” at the Midwest Ford Dealers Grand Drive.

The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion will be awarded for beef, sheep, swine and goats at the Grand Drive Gala in Prairie Pavilion at 6 p.m.

Beard and Mustache Competition: Calling all facial hair, mustaches and goatees

1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9
Nex-Tech Wireless Stage at Lake Talbott

Join the Kansas City Beard and Mustache Clubs from around the state, as they host the second-annual beard and mustache competition. All types of facial hair are welcome and will be displayed ­– even a fake facial hair contest for the ladies to participate! Join in on the fun and show off your fabulous facial hair.


Josh Turner – 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9 – Tickets $65/$40/$25

Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry.

From his 2003 platinum-selling debut “Long Black Train” to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release “Punching Bag,” Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

Josh has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student, Turner had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools.

For more information on Josh Turner, visit


Find your fun at the Kansas State Fair. From the opening bell to the final grandstand blockbuster, it’s a play day hay day. Take in the world-class Midway, blue-ribbon animals and family-friendly activities. It’s pure Americana – an event not to be missed. Party with your pals and hear the hottest performers at the Nex-Tech Wireless® Grandstand. Tour the many agricultural and educational displays. Win prizes. Brave heart-pounding carnival rides. Sample deep-fried treats and other culinary delights. Enormous vegetables, odd artifacts, homemade crafts and the infamous butter sculpture provide something for everyone. Get your fair on Sept. 8-17, 2017. The event is the largest in the state of Kansas with crowds numbering more than 350,000. The fairgrounds are in centrally located Hutchinson, Kansas. Mark your calendars now and plan to join Kansans from across the state – along with visitors from around the world. For more information, call 620.669.3600, toll-free at 800.362.FAIR or visit

Legislators Day, Celebrity Grape Stomp and Josh Turner at the Kansas State Fair
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