Kansas State Fair Officials say Plans for This Year’s Fair Continue

From Ad Astra Radio at www.adastraradio.com:


The Kansas State Fair brings together all things Kansas — a destination where family and friends have gathered to make lasting memories since 1913. Despite the uncertainties of our present situation, Fair officials remain confident that residents can “Celebrate Kansas” at the end of summer.


“Planning and preparations continue for the 2020 Kansas State Fair,” said the Fair’s General Manager Robin Jennison. “The production of an event the size and scope of the Fair – which draws an average 340,000 people annually along with 600 commercial exhibitors and thousands of competitors – requires the year-round efforts of our hardworking team.”


Jennison added the Fair is closely monitoring mitigation efforts regarding COVID-19 and assessing new information on a daily basis. Safety and health of employees, volunteers and patrons is the top priority. Meanwhile, the Fair is having weekly conversations with other state fairs through its global organization, the International Association of Fairs and Festivals. Staff is also discussing and considering options that will enable the Fair to provide a safe and secure experience.


Jennison said the state has seen many changes since March. As of now, there is no specific date by which a decision to hold the state fair must be made. That picture will become clearer in the weeks ahead as the state progresses into the different phases.


“We are choosing to focus on what we can do now, which is to bring Kansans the best Kansas State Fair possible,” Jennison said. “Those efforts must continue if we are to present the quality event that Kansans expect and deserve – a time-honored tradition that has spanned 107 uninterrupted years.”


The Kansas State Fair is Sept. 11-20.