Sep 13, 2021 4:11 PM

State Fair gets off to good start

Posted Sep 13, 2021 4:11 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Despite the challenges in dealing with the pandemic, the Kansas State Fair got off to a good start.

“Starting out on Friday we were wondering what was going to happen, but it seems to have escalated into a very good year," GM Bryan Schulz said. “Today, (Monday) with Dillons Dollar Day, we’re expecting a huge crowd.”

Officials with the carnival say that they have been busy all three days and expect the same for Monday. The monster truck show on Sunday drew about 4,500 fans and the daily attendance on Sunday was estimated at around 27,000 with a total attendance of around 75,000 so far.  While there are some areas that are smaller than previous years, Schulz says for the most part it has been business as usual.

“I think people are still questioning (whether or not to come to the fair), but there are other people out there that are saying it's kind of business as usual,” Schulz said. “We’re still putting into place all of the protocols we set.”

The weather is forecast to be hot for most of the week, so make sure you’re prepared to deal with the heat. The Kansas Highway Patrol reported 10 medical issues on Sunday, down significantly from the 25 on Saturday.

Also, the trolley system will stop service at dusk due to the numerous close calls with vehicles and pedestrians in the fair parking lots.

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