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Lumberjacks, butterflies, guided barn tours, and laser light shows top list of new 2018 Kansas State

08/02/2018

Hutchinson, KS – August 2, 2018 – Allow a little extra time in your itinerary to see a wealth of new attractions at the Kansas State Fair, September 7-16.

“We’ve packed our 10 day-event with new performances and interactive experiences for all ages,” said Bob Moeder, Interim General Manager. “We’re especially excited about the laser light show that will immediately follow our first three grandstand concerts—K.C. and The Sunshine Band, Dan+Shay, and The Josh Abbott Band.”

Moeder said “edutainment” is a priority for the Kansas State Fair, and several new attractions were selected because they are both fun and informative.

New attractions include:

TIMBERWORKS LUMBERJACK SHOW

Featuring a variety of lumberjack competitions, such as log rolling, speed climbing, axe throwing, speed carving, hot saw, and the always exciting springboard chop. Located at Gottschalk Park, show times are 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. daily.

“MOO U” BARN TOURS

These guided trips through the fairgrounds barns will take about 45 minutes each and will be available all 10 days of the fair. Tours begin in the Livestock Annex at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. daily, except no 10:00 a.m. tour on Sept. 7.

THE BUTTERFLY EXPERIENCE

Visit an enclosed butterfly garden, where children and adults can walk among fluttering butterflies and watch caterpillars munch on plants, all while learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. Located at the east side of Lake Talbott. Opens at 9:00 a.m. daily.

LASER LIGHT SHOWS

On Sept. 7, 8, and 9, the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand will light up after each night’s concert, thanks to an encore laser light show that plays along with popular music to create a dynamic late-night experience for fairgoers.

STREET DRUM CORPS & HIGH POCKETS PARADE

A high-energy group of percussionists relies on various “street items,” such as buckets and steel barrels, to produce a unique and mesmerizing sound. Also roaming the fairgrounds will be High Pockets Parade, whose comical stilt walking will keep your family laughing.

KIDDIELAND

Kiddieland is home to a variety of new inflatable fun stations, mazes, a tower of terror, face painting and temporary tattoos and fun “twisted” balloons, which will provide hours of fun for kids. Located west of 4-H Centennial Hall.

AUSTIN ANDERSON & TEXAS TRICK RIDERS

Featuring skilled riders and horses in the Bison Arena. Shows at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. from Sept. 7-12.

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING

Free stand-up paddle boarding will be available at Lake Talbott on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Discounted gate admission tickets and packages for families, couples, and kids are available through September 6 at KansasStateFair.com or at the Kansas State Fair ticket office, 2000 N. Poplar or 620-669-3618. Advance purchase gate admission tickets are also available at Dillons stores statewide.

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ABOUT THE KANSAS STATE FAIR

The Kansas State Fair–held in Hutchinson from Sept. 7-16–offers the chance to experience the best food, products, information, and entertainment from all over the state. Every day offers a thrilling and fun combination of old and new attractions that you won’t want to miss. Whether your interests lie in outdoor recreation, agriculture, food, art, technology, or entertainment, you’ll find something to excite your senses and your imagination at the 2018 Kansas State Fair. www.KansasStateFair.com

Lumberjacks, butterflies, guided barn tours, and laser light shows top list of new 2018 Kansas State
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