FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kansas State Fair Day 8 (Friday, Sept. 15)
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 Midway Moonlight Madness 12 p.m. through 11 p.m.
- Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
- Gary Keenan Chainsaw Woodcarver
- Celebrity Goat Milking – Goat Milk?
- Old Dominion with Special Guest RaeLynn at the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand
Midway Moonlight Madness
12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15
Ride all the Midway rides you want during moonlight madness on Friday, Sept. 15 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wristbands can be purchased online or from the Kansas State Fair Ticket Office at 20th & Poplar in Hutchinson and are only $25. One wristband voucher is good for one wristband day.
Exotic Animal Petting Zoo
10:00 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15
South of Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand
The petting zoo opens daily at 10 a.m. and there will be goats, a giant turtle, a llama, a giraffe and many more animals. Be sure to check out this free event at the corner of 20th Ave and Fort Scott Blvd (south of the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand). Kids and families are sure to enjoy this unique petting zoo experience.
Gary Keenan – Chainsaw Woodcarver
Sponsored by Star Lumber
Daily at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. north of Lake Talbott
Gary Keenan is an artist who carves intricate designs from ordinary pieces of wood using a chainsaw. The carvings that are created during the Fair will be auctioned on Saturday, September 16 at 4:00 p.m. at Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena.
Celebrity Goat Milking – Goat Milk?
2:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, Sheep, Swine and Goat Building
Goat Milk? This hilarious event brings local celebrities into competition. Watch as they battle for the Goat Milking Championship in the Sheep, Swine and Goat Building. This year we have a team from the Hutchinson Community College Men’s Basketball Team. J.J. Rhymes, Sal Nuhu and Kai Mitchell, all members of the 2017 National Champion Blue Dragon Basketball Team, will bring a fierce competition you won’t want to miss.
NEX-TECH WIRELESS GRANDSTAND ENTERTAINMENT
Old Dominion with Special Guest RaeLynn – 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15 – Tickets $75/$45/$25
Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand
Proving that they are not your average country band, Old Dominion blends old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into radio-friendly, hook-heavy pop nuggets. Old Dominion has emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music, fusing clever lyrics and an infectious sound. Old Dominion recently joined the performance lineup for the 52ndAcademy of Country Music Awards™ in Las Vegas in April.
The band released their first full-length album “Meat and Candy,” which was recently named RIAA-certified GOLD and called “deceptively smart, occasionally cheeky, stellar debut,” by Entertainment Weekly.
Old Dominion released their platinum two-week No.1 “Break Up With Him” and RIAA-certified Gold hit “Snapback” prior to their third single “Song For Another Time,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard and MediaBase in December 2016. In 2016, the band was named ACM New Group of the Year, ACCA Breakthrough Group of the Year, AIMP Songwriter Artist of the Year and Music Row Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Old Dominion consists of lead singer Matthew Ramsey, lead guitarist Brad Tursi, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, bassist Geoff Sprung and drummer Whit Sellers.
Singer/songwriter RaeLynn released her Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville debut single “Love Triangle” to radio on August 1 to rave reviews. The heartbreaking and emotionally raw video was released exclusively to
PEOPLE.com and CMT and is striking a visceral reaction at radio and with fans across the country.
RaeLynn has been one of the highest selling female country artists, alongside industry heavyweights Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, with her songs selling nearly 960,000 total digital copies and being streamed over 60 million times.
Her gold-certified hit single, “God Made Girls” was nominated for a 2016 Radio Disney Music Award for Favorite Country Song and she also received her first Academy of Country Music Award nomination for New Female Vocalist of the Year in 2016. Other hits include “For A Boy,” “Always Sing,” “Boyfriend,” and “Kissin’ Frogs.”
For more information on Old Dominion and RaeLynn, please visit https://olddominionband.com/ and http://raelynn.com.
ABOUT THE KANSAS STATE FAIR
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 kansasstatefair.com.