Kansas State Fair :: A Guide for Families

Kansas State Fair 20162017 Kansas State Fair
September 8-17
Hutchinson, KS

Click here for a 2017 Map of the Fairgrounds

Click here for the 2017 Fairgrounds Calendar

Getting to the Fair

If you’re coming from Wichita, there are two easy ways to get to Hutchinson:

1 – Take K-96 West until you get to the Yoder exit. Head north on Yoder road into Hutchinson, past the airport and it will turn into 17th Street. This road will take you right to the fairgrounds.

2 – Take I-35 North to Newton and head west on Highway 50 to the Yoder Road/Airport Road exit. Exit right and head north past the airport where it turns into 17th Street. This road will take you straight to the fairgrounds.

If you’re not coming from Wichita, click here for a map.



The Kansas State Fair offers FREE parking in three different lots. You’ll find several businesses near the fairgrounds that offer paid parking, but the fair makes it so easy to park and ride (with free shuttle service) that there’s really no need to pay the extra $5-$10 to park. That money is best spent on a funnel cake!

Parking Lots A and B :: These lots sit just north of the fairgrounds and are the closest place to park if you want to hit up the Farm, Industry and Auto exhibits. You can also easily access the 4-H buildings from here.

Parking Lot C :: This is the largest parking lot on the fairgrounds and sits directly to the east of the grandstand. It will take you in by the agriculture buildings and is closest to the carnival rides for young children. They also have several trolleys that pick fairgoers up and take you to and from the gates if you are saving your legs for walking inside of the fair.

Other Parking :: If you prefer walking through vendor buildings, side street parking off of Main street might be your best bet.


Family-Friendly Resources

Strollers :: While you are welcome to bring your own stroller to the fair, you will also find two spots on the fairgrounds to rent strollers, wagons, wheelchairs, and mobility carts. One is near Gate 5 at the north end of the grounds (by Parking lot A entrance), and the other is by Gate 9 (parking lot C).

Nursing Mothers Room :: There are TWO nursing mothers rooms on the fairgrounds. One is located in Cottonwood Court (the food court), and there is also one near Gate 9 on the north side of the fairgrounds in the 4-H building. Reader Submitted TipThe nursing room in Cottonwood Court is a small, single-use room, while the one in the 4-H Encampment building has multiple rocking chairs, water, A/C, reading materials, changing table, etc.

Lost and Found :: We pray that you don’t lose anybody in your party, but this is valuable information! The lost persons and lost and found inquiries can be made at the Administration Offices, located on the Southwest end of the fairgrounds. Consider choosing an easy-to-spot landmark (like the Ferris Wheel) as your family’s designated meet-up spot in case anyone gets separated from your group. Show children where it is located, and be sure to point it out a few more times during your visit so they know exactly where to go!

First Aid Station :: Qualified first aid personnel will be on duty at the First Aid station every day. You can find them at the southwest corner of the Administration Building.


Classic Fair Features

Butter Sculpture :: With something new to see each year, the infamous butter sculpture is a family favorite!  This is located in the Pride of Kansas building.

Ye Old Mill :: This ride is a fair staple!While it’s one of our favorites, it may not be appropriate for the little ones who won’t enjoy a boat ride through the dark.  

Sky Ride :: One of the best views of all of the festivities.  

Big Slide :: While it may make your stomach queasy walking up those steps, the trip down is worth it!  

Train Ride :: Take a break from walking and check out the fairgrounds from another perspective.  Located next to the Administrative Building.  

Pig Races :: Cheer on your favorite pig at the pig races.  Races happen daily at 10AM, 12PM, 2:30PM, 4PM and 6PM.  Located on the North side of Bison Arena.


What to Eat

Here’s our list of must-eat treats during your visit:

Pronto Pup :: This is a fair staple!  There’s no corn dog quite like a Pronto Pup!  With five different locations throughout the fair, it’s not hard to miss this stand.

Indian Taco :: Not your ordinary taco, this bad boy has all of your standard fixings but is filled into a sweet dough that’s deep fried and sprinkled with sugar! Located inside of Cottonwood Court.

Funnel Cake :: Live on the edge and try a red velvet funnel cake.  Covered in powdered sugar and cream cheese frosting, you’re sure to be in a sugar coma after this!

Krehbiels :: Turkey legs, polish sausage, brats, pulled chicken- pretty much anything you want BBQ’d, this is the place to go. Located near Bison Breezeway and Pride of Kansas Road.

Chicken and Noodles :: There are two places to get chicken and noodles at the fair but our favorite is the South Hutch Methodist booth inside of Cottonwood Court.

Bierocks :: This German cuisine is one of the best at the fair. Wheatland Cafe has a good bierock but there’s also a great stand by the beer garden area.

Apple Dumpling :: Deep fried and served with a side of ice cream, this dessert is perfection! Located at the Wheatland Cafe inside of the Pride of Kansas building.

Chocolate Covered Cheesecake on a Stick :: Located on the Northwest corner of Cottonwood Ave and Bison Ave, this cheesecake is to die for! It’s a heavenly piece of cheesecake, dipped in chocolate…on a stick!

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2 Responses to Kansas State Fair :: A Guide for Families

  1. Sarah September 10, 2015 at 11:52 am #

    FYI, you can’t park on side streets off of Main St. anymore. As a resident of Hutch, they have signs up specifically discouraging Fair parking on side streets for the residents sake.

  2. Julie September 15, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    Love this! As Hutch residents we love getting to visit the Fair as many times as we can each year! Plus dinner tonight = whatever fried goodie you want 😉 It’s only once a year!:)

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