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Governor’s Day, Rocket Science and Smash Mouth blasts the stage



Kansas State Fair Day 7 (Thursday, Sept. 14)

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. 9 Media Opportunities:

  • Enjoy Ride-O-Rama from 3 p.m. until 10 p.m.
  • Dr. Goddard’s Lab is Out of this World
  • Governor’s Awards and Cookie Jar Presentation
  • Hutchinson Correctional Facility Presents K9 Demonstration
  • High School Forensics Showcase
  • Smash Mouth Blasts the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand Stage



3:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14


Enjoy the rush of the Midway? Love the thrill of nonstop rides at the fair? You won’t want to miss out on the Midway wristband specials. Wristbands can be purchased online or from the Kansas State Fair Ticket Office at 20th & Poplar in Hutchinson and redeemed during Moonlight Madness, Ride-O-Rama and Last Blast dates and times. One wristband voucher is good for one wristband day.


Dr. Goddard’s Lab is Out of this World

Presented by Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center

Daily at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., Do Art Building

Father of modern rocketry, Dr. Robert Goddard, puts on a live rocket science show at the Kansas State Fair, and it’s packed with surprises. Demonstrations will highlight early experiments with solid and liquid fueled rocket engines. Dr. Goddard's Lab is presented to fairgoers by the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.

Presentation of Governor’s Awards and Cookie Jar Presentation

Sponsored by Kitchen Craft

1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14

Domestic Arts Building

Who doesn’t love baking? Put your baking skills to the test and participate in the Governor’s Cookie Jar competition this year. Bake an assortment of cookies and place them in a decorated one-gallon-capacity jar. Cookie jar decoration counts for 40% of the calculated score and cookies account for the remaining 60%. This year's winner will be invited to present the cookie jar to the Governor at the Domestic Arts Demonstration Kitchen on Governor's Day. Awards will be presented by Lieutenant Governor of Kansas, Jeff Colyer.

Hutchinson Correctional Facility K-9 Unit Demonstration

11:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 14

Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena

Your furry, four-legged friends will be at the fair on Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena as they put on a demonstration of their unique skills with the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Learn about the traits service dogs possess and breeds that often make the best service dogs.

Forensics Showcase

Presented by Sterling College

9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14
Hansen Auditorium in Encampment Building

Sterling College is bringing new flavor to the educational events at the Kansas State Fair. Winners from the Spring 2016 Kansas State High School Activities Association Championship Competitions are showcased in the exhibitions on Thursday, Sept. 14.

The first showcase will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Hansen Auditorium in the Encampment Building. Exhibitions continue at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., so be sure to watch Kansas High School Forensics royalty show off their skills. All schools are welcome to watch the various featured forensics events including speech and interpretation. For discounted gate tickets, register your class through the Kansas Largest Classroom program.


Smash Mouth– 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14. – Tickets $45/$30/$20

Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand Stage

V multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated band Smash Mouth is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut, smash-hit album “Fush Yu Mang”. Released on July 8, 1997, “FYM” was a shocking -- and industry-changing -- success. Out of nowhere, the single “Walkin’ On The Sun” was an immediate international sensation. Quickly shooting to #1 on the Billboard charts, and eventually boosting “FYM” sales to over 3 million copies in the U.S. alone. In the two decades since, Smash Mouth has not slowed down. In fact, they are as vital and vibrant as ever.

Most consider their masterpiece album, “Astrolounge,” boasting three top-ten hits “All-Star,” “Then The Morning Comes,” and “Can’t Get Enough Of You Baby”, sales are nearly double those for their debut, approaching quadruple platinum status.

Smash Mouth’s third release features the first single “Pacific Coast Party” and the smash hit “I’m a Believer”. Around this time, Smash Mouth crosses over into the film world by providing the musical heart of the soundtrack for “Shrek”, and even making a cameo appearance in the movie “Rat Race”.

For more information on Smash Mouth, 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

Governor’s Day, Rocket Science and  Smash Mouth blasts the stage
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