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Kansas State Fair Hires Robin Jennison as General Manager


Hutchinson, Kan. (August 14, 2018) – It’s official, the Kansas State Fair has hired Robin Jennison as their new General Manager. He will take the helm September 23.

Serving as Kansas’ Secretary of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism since 2011, Jennison is a lifetime Kansan who grew up on a farm and ranch near Healy and graduated from Fort Hays State University. In 1990, Jennison began his long history of service to Kansas when he was elected to represent the 117th House District. Quickly rising through the ranks, he served as the Assistant Majority Leader in his second term, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in his third term, House Majority Leader in the fourth term, and finally Speaker of the House.

Jennison also represented agencies, groups and other entities before the state lawmakers and regulators as President of Jennison Government Services. His career also included a stint as a well-respected and knowledgeable hunter who anchored the Kansas Outdoors Radio Show for four years.

He is married to Coleen Jennison, Market Leader for Cox Communications in Kansas, and has two grown children and five grandchildren.

“The Board is thrilled that Robin has accepted the General Manager position, and we are confident that his experience and success running the Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism will translate directly to the Kansas State Fair,” said Kansas State Fair Board President Virginia Crossland-Macha. “Not only does Robin bring legislative and administrative knowledge to the table, but also vision and leadership to explore new opportunities for the future.”

She added, “His talent, love for Kansas, life-long relationships throughout the agriculture, commerce, and natural resources communities, and desire to take the Kansas State Fair to a new level make him the perfect candidate.”



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. Learn more at

Kansas State Fair Hires Robin Jennison as General Manager
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