The Carnival Parade Is Back For The State Fair's Centennial

Jul 12, 2013

The Kansas State Fair is reviving its fair parade through Hutchinson to celebrate the fair's 100th anniversary.

Back when the carnival traveled by train, people would line up on Main Street in Hutchinson to see the procession of rides and animals from the depot to the state fairgrounds.

The Kansas State Fair in the early 1900s.
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Lori Hart with the Kansas State Fair said, "This wasn't a parade like we have today," but the annual procession turned into quite a festive event. The tradition faded when the carnival started bringing most of its equipment into Hutchinson on trucks and stopped using traditional circus animals like elephants.

But to celebrate the fair's Centennial, Hart said they're partnering with the Hutchinson Young Professionals to bring back the parade on Labor Day. People can register their floats with the young professionals or with the state fair office.

Will their be lions and elephants at the parade? Hart said probably not. But will there be horses involved and things like antique tractors? Yes. The fair runs September 6 - 15.