Kansas State Fair blends tradition with new flavor

HUTCHINSON, Kan. The state fair opens next Friday—and the Kansas tradition has some new flavors this year.

Carousel Café, known for its creative menu, offers something new each year.

This year, the café offers a Krispy Kreme hot dog and a honey bun hamburger. Robert Base, co-owns the café with his wife. Base says the café will also offer classics, like chocolate-covered bacon and fried jalapeno Twinkies.

"We’re always trying to think about new line items we can run. We look at surrounding fairs and what everybody else is doing, and we try to replicate some of those and come up with our own,” Base says.

The Kansas State Fair launched a new app this year—guests can use the app to find the nearest restrooms, free concerts, and specific vendors.

The fair will feature 41 rides and nearly 700 vendors. Traditions like “Ye Old Mill” return.

Charlie Griffin, creator of the mill, says the ride offers some classics and new scenes this year.

“It takes a lot to put it together, there’s a lot of scenes, we try to change them up some every year," he says. "Just to put it together at one time is tough. We’ve done this for so many years now,"

The fair runs from September 6 to September 15. You can buy tickets for mid-way rides in advance for $20 online through September 5, or for $25 starting September 6.