The first official Kansas State Fair celebration was held in 1913 in Hutchinson, Kan. This summer's fair marks the 100th anniversary of the event and it's all hands on deck for the fair staff.
The fair runs from Sept. 6 to 14 at 2000 N. Poplar St., in Hutchinson, and is jam-packed with activities for the whole family. If you can't wait that long to get started enjoying the fair, take in the 100th anniversary parade on Sept. 2 on Main Street in Hutchinson.
Day one is known as reunion day in honor of the state fair family getting back together after a long year's wait. Highlights of the day include a commemorative photograph display of fallen Kansas soldiers in the Oz Gallery, opening ceremonies, the revealing of butter sculpture and famous rock band, Kansas, playing in the U.S. Cellular Grandstand that evening.
Legislators Day, Sept. 7, kicks off with multiple livestock and animal shows in the morning and "The Ultimate Apple Pie Contest" in the early afternoon. Legislative showmanship and the opening of the time capsule are also on the schedule. Disney Channel star, Bridgit Mendler, and Shane Harper play in the grandstand at 7:30 p.m.
"Kansas Rides" Day, Sept. 8, is sponsored by Kansas State University and is overflowing with school promoting activities. Multiple pep rallies and musical ensembles from the university will take place throughout the day. The Eli Young band and Mockingbird Sun take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand.
Sept. 9 is Dollar Day at the fair, meaning all ages gate admission is a dollar and all carnival rides cost one ticket all day. Slated attractions include the spelling bee, Anchor Inn Fresh Salsa Contest, Comic Hypnotist Ron Diamond and the Demolition Derby sponsored by Hometown Chevy Dealers.
The 2013 fair slogan, "Never Gets Old," is the theme for Sept. 10. The day is filled with high school debates, sheep demonstrations, a gingerbread house contest and the night is rounded off with a performance by Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers with Billy Dean in the grandstand.
Sentimental Journey Day on Sept. 11 honors veterans with bring a veteran to brunch (requires preregistration at www.kansasstatefair.com), commemorative photo displays, performances by various musicians throughout the day and the Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pulls in the evening.
Sept. 12-13 house the bulk of the large animal livestock shows and also feature Jars of Clay on Sept. 12 and Theory of a Deadman on Sept. 13 for the evening entertainment.
Governors Day on Sept. 14 has shows from goats to horses to rabbits and so much more going on throughout the day. The fashion revue and a chainsaw woodcarving auction take place before the curtain raises for Lynyrd Skynyrd in the grandstand.
The fair wraps up Sept. 15 with "Last Chance Day." An antique tractor pull, nostalgic car show and homemade ice cream contest are only some of the festivities to check out before the event is finished. Toby Keith and JT Hodges close the fair with their show at 7:30 p.m. in the grandstand.