May 12, 2022

Board sets boundaries for drinking at Kansas State Fair

Posted May 12, 2022 3:07 PM

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON — The Kansas State Fair Board is going to allow much more roaming with alcohol this year, thanks to the passage of Senate Bill 2 signed by Gov. Kelly last month.  The board made their decision Tuesday.

"The board approved us moving forward for the 2022 Kansas State Fair and the 2022 Fair Food and Tunes," Schulz said. "The parameters for both events are going to be all inside the gate areas of the Kansas State Fair."

There will be some limited building exceptions where no beverages of any kind are allowed.

"We know for sure, centennial hall 4H and then there will be a few other buildings that will be excluded," Schulz said. "There will be proper signage at the doors and the building managers will have that understanding that they do not allow any beverages inside. Like our Domestic Arts and all that kind of stuff. We try keeping food, beverages, everything out of those buildings just because of the sheer issues we would have if somebody would spill on any of that stuff."

The fair will also be addressing security concerns.

"We're going to have a little more presence," Schulz said. "We're working with the Highway Patrol to make sure that they are aware of all the stuff that is going to happen. We're actually going to have to do some additional training with our gate people to make sure that they understand, you know, that no beverages are taken out."

Everyone will be carded everywhere alcohol is sold and it will only be poured into clear plastic cups for carrying throughout the grounds and every buyer who wants to carry around will have to have a wristband and the wristbands will be different every day of the fair. The first event with the new rules is Fair Food and Tunes next month.