The U.S. Postal Service and the Kansas State Fair launched a
stamp Thursday celebrating the nation’s state and county fairs.
The four new Forever stamps feature whimsical artwork meant
to evoke a sentimental feeling for America’s fairs, both past and present. The
colorful stamps feature one scene across four stamps. They were designed to
work together as a panorama of familiar, traditional fair activities, while
each stamp also works as an individual picture.
The State and County Fairs stamps are being issued as
Forever stamps, and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class
Mail one-ounce price.
“The Kansas State Fair is a place where we celebrate all
things Kansas and the stamp really reflects that,” said Amy Bickel, Kansas
State Fair marketing director. “If you look at it, it’s a nostalgic piece, and
it shows people socializing and having fun and just coming together at the end
of the summer.”
The Fair’s Educational Manager Jacki Eckert said the stamp
aims to promote the social and educational value fairs offer.
“"There are so many people who don't have a touch with
agriculture today,” said Eckert. “The Kansas State Fair and the Fair’s Kansas’
Largest Classroom is a way for fairgoers of all ages to learn more about
agriculture, where their food comes from, as well as the products they use
every day that are the result of production agriculture."
The event was one of many that took place across the nation.
The stamp comes in a set of four, costing $2.20.