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Opposition To New Kansas State Fair Date

Associated Press - November 8, 2013 8:50 am

While more people attended the 2014 Kansas State Fair than in previous years, officials say fewer people are buying tickets to watch events in the 90-year-old grandstand.

While more people attended the 2014 Kansas State Fair than in previous years, officials say fewer people are buying tickets to watch events in the 90-year-old grandstand.

A proposal to move the Kansas State Fair to Labor Day weekend is getting bad reviews from supporters of traditional events.

Leaders in Hoisington and Barton County are concerned the proposal would overshadow Hoisington’s 117-year-old Labor Day celebration.

Hoisington city council members plan to pass a resolution saying they oppose an idea pushed by Gov. Sam Brownback to start the state fair on Labor Day weekend. Barton County Commissioners signed a similar resolution Monday stating they strongly oppose the idea.

Brownback has said moving the start date of the State Fair would increase attendance.

Hoisington’s celebration started in 1896 and is one of the state’s largest Labor Day events.

Associated Press information from: The Hutchinson News

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