Phyllis Kriesel

From September 11-20, all roads in Kansas will lead to the State Fair in Hutchinson for that annual event.  

Cherokee County has over 70 4-H members who will be sending exhibits or participating in one of the various events - showing livestock the first weekend or horses, rabbits and dogs the second weekend, or modeling in the Fashion Revue.

There is something for everyone to see and do at the State Fair. Equestrian Acrobatics will perform at Gottschalk Park three times a day at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Judy Howard's God Bless America traveling quilt exhibit to benefit wounded soldiers will be on display in the Domestic Arts Building.

The Technology Building will have at least 17 video games and a guitar hero will be crowned the last Sunday and there will be a Wii bowling tournament for seniors (55+).

You'll want to look for Oscar the Robot, Richard Renner the Stiltwalker and Ron Diamond the Comic Hypnotist. And what will the Butter Sculpture be this year?

Featured performers at the Sprint Grandstand are: Tesla, Montgomery Gentry, Huey Lewis & the News, Demolition Derby, The Gaither Vocal Band, Outlaw Truck & Tractor Pull, Freestyle MX Motocross, Hinder with Saving Abel, Heart, and the Naked Brothers Band.

Of course there are the commercial buildings, countless exhibit buildings, livestock exhibits, carnival rides, and food. New this year are Grilled Banana Boats, Tornado Potatoes, Pretzel on a Stick, Gyros, and Pickle Pops.

Advance gate tickets can still be purchased at Kansas Dillon's stores for a discount through Sept. 10 and many package deals are available online at

Your Extension Office, located on the fairgrounds in Columbus, has a daily schedule available for those wanting more information.

Travel safe on your road to Hutchinson.