Hutchinson, Kan. – Dillons Dollar Day is sponsored by Dillons Food Storesis today at the Kansas State Fair.

Outside gate admission is only $1 for all ages and all North American Midway carnival rides require just one coupon per ride until 10 p.m. that evening. Free gate admission with a Dillons Plus Shopper’s Card is also available. Note, only one admission per Dillons Plus Shoppers Card.


Marching Bands: Tooting Their Horns on the Fairgrounds

8 a.m., Monday, Sept. 12

Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena

The high school marching band program is one of the long-standing traditions of the Kansas State Fair. This is a great opportunity for high school bands to showcase their musical talent, hard work and team effort.

Judge’s ratings and comments benefit the high school bands as they receive feedback before any state competitions they may compete in later in the year. Bands will march and perform on Monday, Sept. 12, Tuesday, Sept. 13 and Wednesday, Sept. 14 during the fair, with judging all three days.

Kansas State Fair Spelling Bee: Get R-E-A-D-Y to S-P-E-L-L

Sponsored by Cricket Wireless

9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 12

Encampment Building

Who’s ready for some F-U-N? Register for the 16th Annual Kansas State Fair Spelling Bee. This event will be divided into two age categories 3rd through 5th grades and 6th through 8th grades. The written exam will be at 9 a.m. on Monday, September 12 in the Encampment building.

While the written exams for the spelling be are being scored, there will be a Kansas State Fair trivia game in Hansen Auditorium. Sharpen your Kansas State Fair knowledge, because there will be prizes for those who know their fair share of Fair history.

Invent a Heart Healthy Food

Sponsored by Kansas Soybean Commission

1:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12

Domestic Arts Building

Join in on the food fun! This Kansas State Fair event is your opportunity to showcase the use of heart-healthy soy products you enjoy in your everyday life. Incorporate at least one-half cup of soy flour, soybean oil, tofu and or another soy product for this competition. Judging will take place at 1:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 in the Domestic Arts Building.

Electrical Safety Demonstration: The Learning is Shocking

Sponsored by Kansas Electric Cooperatives

9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12 – Friday, Sept. 16

Ad Astra Pavilion

The Kansas Electric Cooperatives are introducing students to the basics of electricity and electrical circuitry. They will be teaching proper “electrical” vocabulary, defining the parts of a simple electric circuit and constructing models of electric circuits. It’s shocking how much you can learn at the electrical safety demonstrations.

Twins at the Birthing Center

Six calves were born from four cows in the last 12 hours at the Livestock Birthing Center. Two sets of twins (a set of heifers and a set of bulls) were born with the assistance Dr. Nora Schrad and Dr. Erik Perez. Three Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine students aided the delivery including Hutchinson native Erin Schmidt. Schmidt was inspired to pursue a career in veterinary science from her childhood visits to the fair birthing center.

This free educational experience offers the unique opportunity to learn about the birthing process and importance of animal agriculture. The birthing center is a joint venture between the Kansas State Fair, Kansas Veterinary Medical Association and Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Mutton Bustin’ Results

It was a true Mutton Bustin’ good time at the Kansas State Fairgrounds last night as 47 riders ages four to six showed their riding skills to over 700 spectators. Contestants’ judging criteria included time, length and style.


First Place – Noah Gallagher scored 82 points – Six years old from Dodge City, Kansas

Second Place –Trinity Menadue score 79 points – Seven years old from El Dorado, KS

Third Place – Kyran Plantz scored 78 points – Seven years old from Belpre, KS

Beard & Mustache Competition Results

Contestants of the second annual beard and mustache competition enjoyed beautiful weather and large crowds yesterday. The Kansas City Beard and Mustache Club hosted its second annual event at the Nex-Tech Wireless Free Stage at Lake Talbott. All types of woolly hair were displayed and recognized.

Mustache – Natural, no styling

First Place: Jim Bruner, Eskridge KS

Second Place: Jeff Lusk, Hutchinson KS

Mustache – Free Style

First Place: Jake Love, Hutchinson KS

Second Place: Chuck Fronz, Wichita KS

Partial Beard

First Place: Steve Unruh, Newton KS

Second Place: John Murphy, Hutchinson KS

Third Place: Jeff McConnell, Hutchinson KS

Full Beard under 6 inches

First Place: Andy Riemer, Hutchinson KS

Second Place: Colin Eaton, Wichita KS

Third Place: John Brumley, Wichita KS

Full Beard 6 – 12 inches

First Place: Mat Ash, Wichita KS

Second Place: Jeff Griffith, Wichita KS

Full Beard over 12 inches

First Place: Andrew Bruso, Wichita KS

Second Place: George Cone, Baldwin City, KS

Third Place: Mac Whisler, Lawrence KS

Full Beard – Free Style

First Place: Cliff Beal, Wichita KS

Second Place: Russ Kruetziger

Ladies Fake Facial hair

First Place: Christina Reed, Wichita KS

BEST IN SHOW – Costume and stage presence helpful.

Cliff Beal, Wichita KS

Strolling Acts Throughout the Fair

Family-oriented entertainment will be all around the Fairgrounds including fairgoer-favorites Oscar the Robot, Bandaloni, Buck Trout and the infamous Stilt Walker.


Welcomed by Ad Astra Per Aspera

Demolition Derby is Crashing the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand Stage

7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 12

Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand

$7 for adults (13+) and free for children 12 and under

You won’t want to miss the opportunity to watch – and laugh – at the Kansas State Fair’s Demolition Derby. You’ll be glued to your seat through the qualifying heat demos, consolation round and the finals.

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