Kansas State Fair rolls on in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KWCH) It's that time of year again - time for the Kansas State Fair.

This year's theme is "Find Your Fun" and the fair boasts several new events including guided tours through the fairgrounds barns, a butterfly garden, lumberjack shows, laser lights, strolling acts, a Kiddie Land, and skilled riders and horses in the Bison Arena.

KC and the Sunshine Band kicked off the fair's concert series on opening night Friday (Sept. 7(. Dan & Shay took the stage on Saturday followed by the Josh Abbott Band on Sunday.

Brett Michaels will perform on Sept. 13 and the 1960s American rock band from Hawthorne, California, the Beach Boys will close out the fair on Saturday, Sept. 15. All shows will take place in the Next-Tech Wireless Grandstand. Find ticket information here.

Saturday (Sept. 8) provided opportunities for Kansans to hear from candidates vying for their support in Topeka and Washington, D.C. At 11 a.m. Michael Schwanke emceed a gubernatorial debate. Candidates for Kansas governor participating in the debate included Republican Kris Kobach, Democrat Laura Kelly and Independents Greg Orman.

The debate will take place at the Bretz and Young Injury Lawyers Arena at the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

Independent Rick Kloos and Libertarian Jeff Caldwell are also running for Kansas governor.

If you're looking a good deal on fair admission, remember Dillons Dollar Day is on Monday, Sept. 10. The fair will have daily themes including Poll and Stroll day on Sept. 9 which KWCH-12 anchor Michael Schwanke will moderate the 2018 gubernatorial debate. Get your grub on at the Foodie Fest on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and don't forget to show your school spirit on Team Spirit Day on Saturday, Sept. 15.


Shane Konicki is in Hutchinson all this week, checking out the sights and sounds from the Kansas State Fair. Here's what he's been up to each day, starting with his most recent visit:

Friday, Sept. 14

On his final day at fair, Shane dove into one of the fan favorites of the state's annual celebration: the food.

Thursday, Sept. 13

Thursday, Shane stopped by the Hedrick's Petting Zoo . There, he had a chance to interact with a mother kangaroo and her joey.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Wednesday, Shane got an inside look at the Timberworks Lumberjack Show. He learned what makes a lumberjack, and the tips on how to be a great one.

Tuesday, Sept. 11

Tuesday, Shane made his way to Lake Talbot at the fair grounds to create some art with a chainsaw.

Monday, Sept. 10

Shane spent Monday morning hanging out with the Street Drum Corps.

He learned some of their skills and found out when and where you can check them out at this year's fair!

Friday, Sept. 7

Shane was out helping cook up some breakfast.

This annual event kicking off the fair serves up apple dumplings and cinnamon rolls among several breakfast treats.


While you're out at the fair, don't forget to stop by the KWCH-12 booth. Outside of Shane's presence each morning, here's when you can see your favorite talent at the KWCH-12 booth.

Friday, Sept. 7
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Scott Evans
1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Melissa Scheffler

Saturday, Sept. 8
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Michael Schwanke/Natalie Davis
3:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Ross Janssen

Sunday, Sept. 9
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Melissa Scheffler/Merril Teller
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Braxton Jones/Devon Fasbinder

Monday, Sept. 10
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Dean Jones
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Michael Schwanke
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Kristen Boxman/Ross Janssen

Tuesday, Sept. 11
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Mark Larson
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Melissa Scheffler
3:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Sarah Fletcher

Wednesday, Sept. 12
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Jennifer Herrera/Merril Teller
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Michael Schwanke
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Jacob Albracht

Thursday, Sept. 13
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Libby McEnulty/Mark Larson
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Melissa Scheffler
3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Arielle Orsuto

Friday, Sept. 14
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Merril Teller
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Angela Monroe
2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sarah Fletcher

Saturday, Sept. 15
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rachel Skytta
3:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Joe Schillaci

Sunday, Sept. 16
9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Melissa Murray
2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Ross Janssen