Sep 23, 2022

Numbers for State Fair continue to show strength as they come in

Posted Sep 23, 2022 1:12 PM

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Kansas State Fair General Manager Bryan Schulz told Hutch Post in an email Friday that concert ticket revenue was up 56% for the just finished fair from 2021 numbers. He also is pleased with the hospitality the fair is able to show to those performers when they are here.

"That's one of the things within that industry, they do talk," Schulz said. "They want to know everything. How was the food? That was one of the big compliments that we have. Carla Shepherd is our caterer. We have some of the most amazing comments and the most amazing food."

Schulz said beverage revenue was up by 77% from 2021 and Gross sales percentages were up by 29%. Schulz credits his board with pitching in wherever they were needed throughout the fair to make it a great experience for all.

"We have 13 individuals, they are all just very excited about the Kansas State Fair," Schulz said. "They all want to be part of it. When you get a board member that's willing to roll up their sleeves and go out and clean toilets at the end of the day, or going out and selling tickets, because our ticket sellers weren't able to make it to a shift, that says a lot about somebody who is excited about being part of an organization. I just have to say thank you to them."

Schulz also said his board lets the staff do their work, but is always there to assist when needed, and the staff appreciates that.