Man, 74, recovering from accident at Kansas fair

Kansas State Fair (KSN File Photo)
Kansas State Fair (KSN File Photo)

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – A 74-year-old man is recovering from an accident at the Kansas State Fair that put him in the hospital.

Valley Falls resident Earl Stevens suffered broken facial bones and other injuries in the accident two weeks ago.

The Hutchinson News reports that Stevens and his family camp at the fair every year for a long weekend.

Stevens was on a sidewalk that crosses in front of a zip line operated by a community college program. Stevens was hit by a zip line rider. The rider wasn’t hurt, but Stevens was hospitalized in Wichita with injuries including a concussion, a broken nose and sore ribs.

After the accident, the fair and the college barricaded the walkway so people couldn’t cross in front of the ride. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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