A major redesign of the Kansas State Fairgrounds is being considered by state fair officials.
According to the Hutchinson News, all of the plans that have currently been proposed are long-range, and that the end-all goal is to bring a more modern appeal to the fairgrounds.
No final determinations have been made, but some suggestions include getting rid of the racetrack which has resided on the fairgrounds for a century and leaving the grandstand unaltered. Relocating the fair’s main entrance has also been discussed, as well as the possibility of dividing the grounds into quadrants in order to make walking through the fair easier.
In addition, the idea of allowing private businesses to permanently move to a main street on the fairgrounds has been proposed.
Six concepts were presented to the fair board this week by Chip Overton, of Keffer/Overton Associates. The company is currently developing a master plan for the fairgrounds, which is expected to be completed by May of this year.