Kansas State Fair considering redesign of fairgrounds

Kansas State Fair (KSN File Photo)

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) – Kansas State Fair officials are considering a major redesign of the fairgrounds in Hutchinson.

The Hutchinson News reports all of the current proposals are long-range ideas but the goal is to make the fairgrounds a more modern attraction.

The suggestions include removing the century-old racetrack, while leaving the grandstand. The main entrance could move to a different location and the fair would be divided into quadrants with thoroughfares to make walking through the grounds easier.

Another proposal is to allow private businesses to permanently move to the fairgrounds, on a type of main street promoting Kansas.

Chip Overton, with Keffer/Overton Associates, presented six concepts to the fair board this week. The company is developing a master plan for the fair. The plan is expected to be finished by May.

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