It's time again for the Kansas State Fair! If you're headed to Hutch this week, here are 10 things you've got to do there.
Ride Ye Old Mill
With the words “Ye Old Mill, Since 1915” painted on its exterior, it’s no question that this beloved Fair ride is a tradition.
Fair warning (Pun intended!), this ride can rack up some pretty long lines, so block out extra time if you plan to ride it! This enclosed boat ride is a favorite among fairgoers, and it’s full of surprises! Be sure to check it out while you’re at the Fair!
Eat Something Fried
If you’ve visited the State Fair and you didn’t ingest something deep-fried, did you even go to the State Fair? The answer is no. This is one of, if not the most essential thing to do at the Fair. Seriously.
You can get fried cookie dough, fried candy bar, fried Nutella and more. You name it, they fry it.
You could probably bring the vendors random foodstuffs and ask them to fry whatever you bring them. It’s crazy, but it just might work.
Learn Something New
The Kansas State Fair is often regarded as Kansas’s Largest Classroom, and in many ways, it is.
With history, social studies, math, science, art, agriculture and more, the Kansas State Fair is a great place for both kids and adults to gain first-hand learning experiences.
Many school groups take trips to the Fair, and there’s something for everyone to learn. Check it out in this video!
Watch a Pig Race
Pig racing is kind of misleading. If you’ve never been to a pig race, there’s a good chance that it doesn’t sound appealing or entertaining.
That’s where you’re wrong.
These little guys are adorable, and as much as you try to avoid it, you can’t. You’ll develop a favorite in no time, and you’ll cheer like crazy for him (or her.) The races are held daily at 10 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m.
Check out the Nostalgic Car Show
If there’s one thing Kansans love, it’s a car show. And, to fairly represent the people of the Sunflower State, it only makes sense for the Fair to highlight a car show, right? Right!
The Nostalgic Car Show will take you back to your first car (or your grandpa’s!) This year, the Nostalgic Car show will be held on September 18 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Expect to see a 1923 Ford T-Bucket, a 1934 Ford Coup, a 1961 Chevy Corvette convertible and more in this year’s show!
Find the Cutest Animals
Sure, there’s food and fun at the Fair, but let’s face it, once we get past the main gate, we’re ready to see some animals!
Whether you’re at the fair to show your animals or to “ooh” and “aah” over someone else’s, the livestock buildings are the place to go if you’re looking for cute four-legged friends.
At the Fair you’ll find sheep, rabbits, swine, poulty, pigeons, llamas, goats, cattle and more.
See a Show on the Grandstand Stage
This year’s State Fair has a great concert and performance lineup.
The Grandstand Stage opens the 2016 Fair with headliner Andy Grammer and special guest Rachel Platten.
Gabriel Iglesias, Justin Moore, Crowder, Hairball and more will play the State Fair this year.
There's also a demo derby, if you're into watching things get smashed to bits, and honestly, who isn't? Find a schedule of events here.
Go On a Sky Ride
The Sky Ride is a great go to as soon as you arrive at the fairgrounds. This ski lift style ride offers an aerial view of the Fair, and it’s a great way to map out where to go next. You can see the whole Fair from the Sky Ride, so it’s easy to plan out your next few stops. This ride is slow and easy, but it takes you pretty high, so be prepared!
Get your Adrenaline Pumping
The State Fair is also a great place for adrenaline junkies.
Lots of thrilling carnival rides await, so be ready to twist, turn, flip, float and more!
Some rides are more mild, and some are best for the brave riders! Family-friendly and children’s rides are also available.
Have a Great Time!
All-in-all, have fun! The Fair offers a variety of exhibits, contests, shows, foods and rides, so kick back, relax and enjoy your time. After all, the Fair only comes once a year, so you might as well make the most out of it!