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Kansas State Fair wraps up for year, with Sam Hunt show the most popular grandstand event


HUTCHINSON, Kansas — The Kansas State Fair has wrapped up its annual 10-day run in Hutchinson.

As a whole, the grandstand events through Saturday were in the black, but some of the individual events were in the red, the Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/1NGTLKv ) reported. The Sam Hunt show was the most popular event, with about 7,700 tickets sold, according to the fair's interim general manager Lori Hart. It was the most tickets sold for a concert since Toby Keith performed in 2013, she said.

A popular new addition this year was a beard and mustache contest, which has a strong chance of returning next year, Hart said.

The youth livestock exhibits put up record numbers this year. Between cattle, swine, sheep and goats, more than 1,600 livestock were shown at the fair.

Because bird flu concerns meant 4-H exhibitors couldn't show live poultry, they instead used posters, videos and demonstrations to educate the public. Those three exhibit classes saw about 75 entries, a slight decrease, but exhibitors made the best of the unfortunate situation, said Sarah Keatley with Kansas State University Research and Extension.

"The numbers were a little bit down, but the kids did a great job educating the public about their birds," she said.

Total attendance at the fair likely won't be audited until mid-October, Hart said, but vendors and exhibitors have reported that it was a strong year. As many as 60,000 people attend the fair each day, she said.

Organizers attribute this year's success to good weather and a dedicated staff.

Information from: The Hutchinson (Kan.) News, http://www.hutchnews.com

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