By NICK GOSNELL
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Kansas State Fair General Manager Ed Berger said Monday that the fair will go on in September and preparations continue.
"We're kind of ahead of the game," Berger said. "We had made plans, of course, for a 2020 fair and with all those plans, all we did was kind of roll them over to 2021. That's the case with the acts we've booked, a lot of those vendors who work with us, either kept their contracts, kept their deposits or are now making those deposits again."
The fair is bringing back an event from this fall in the spring to whet potential fairgoer's appetites.
"The Fair Food and Tunes event last fall was very successful," Berger said. "We have another event like that Fair Food and Tunes planned for April 10th. That's a Saturday. We'll have entertainment at Lake Talbot and we'll have all those favorite foods that you like. Pronto Pups, funnel cakes, sausage, adult beverages, all of that will be available on the 10th of April."
Many popular fairgrounds events outside of the fair are changing their dates this year.
"The Mennonite Relief Auction that we always have in April, they deferred that till July," Berger said. "They're thinking that by July why, everything will have settled down to the point that that auction can take place. That's always a big event for the community, a big event for the fairgrounds. Another example is the Chamber of Commerce had their banquet scheduled in May and they've moved that back."