Discover the History of Kansas State Fair

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  • Wichita, KS (1888PressRelease) August 23, 2014 - The newest title from Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series is Kansas State Fair by local professor Thomas C. Percy. The rich history of the fair comes to life through more than 200 photographs from the 1860s to present. Percy artfully showcases the beloved fair through the decades. From ferris wheels and carousels, sheep shearing and Horse Cutting, mascots and marching bands, this will surely leave long time locals feeling nostalgic and eager to head out for another super September time.

    Centrally located, Hutchinson has proved an ideal setting for this amazing annual event. Every year during September, hundreds of thousands of fairgoers flock to the grounds to compete in agricultural or livestock competitions, sell their wares, seek out thrills on the midway amusements, or learn more about the state and its resources. Whatever their motives, all fairgoers leave with a sense of fulfillment.

    Throughout the course of the century, the Kansas State Fair has had to overcome many obstacles. From the Great Depression, World War II and an ongoing urbanization of the state, fair managers have adapted to inevitable change while staying true to its mission of showcasing agriculture, promoting education, encouraging commerce and, of course, providing amusement for all who attend!

    Highlights of Kansas State Fair include:
    - Photos from the Kansas State Fair Archives as well as the Kansas Historical Society and local residents
    - The challenges encountered by both the Civil War and the Great Depression
    - Photos depicting the food, fun, and families make their way to the fair.

    Please join us for the following upcoming events and meet the author!
    Where: Hutchinson Community College Bookstore
    1300 North Plum Street, Hutchinson, KS 67501
    When: Friday, September 5, 2014 from 2pm to 4pm
    Where: Bluebird Books
    2 South Main Street, Hutchinson, KS 67501
    When: Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 11am to 1pm.

    Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

    Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America's people and places.

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