HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Kansas State Fair did see a drop in attendance from the last fair in 2019. According to GM Bryan Schulz, the attendance was about 281,000 for the 10-day run.
A full breakdown of attendance numbers was not yet available. Schulz was pleased with the numbers:
“We are very very pleased with the attendance of about 281,000,” Schulz said. “We know that the weather played an issue from the first weekend, the scare of COVID was also an issue.”
The fair's attendance got a big boost when the last Saturday of the event brought a large crowd.
“As we all know, on the final Saturday, the numbers were just enormous with people on the grounds,” Schulz said.
Schulz says at one time Saturday the line to get into the fair stretched down 20th Avenue from the main gate at Poplar Street west to Main. A large price increase from the carnival, along with a busy Midway, meant for a record-breaking take for the carnival compared with the last fair in 2019.