State fair

HUTCHINSON — In 1992 Abilene hosted its first booth at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.

Today the tradition continues.

The Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau booth will market Abilene to fairgoers from across the Midwest.

In 2017 the Kansas State Fair reported an attendance of 322,278 passing through the gates of the 10-day event.

“The Kansas State Fair provides Abilene an opportunity to connect with former and potential new visitors,” said Abilene Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Director Julie Roller.

The theme for the Abilene CVB booth is “come back to Abilene”.

“The common theme we hear from fairgoers is that they’ve been to Abilene five, 10 or even 20 years ago,” Roller said. “This year we will hand out branded boomerangs inviting these fairgoers to ‘return to’ Abilene to experience our enhanced attractions and unique businesses.”

The fair opens on Friday and runs through Sunday, Sept. 16.

“Our presence at the fair is made possible through the partnerships we have with Abilene tourist attractions, organizations and community volunteers,” Roller said. “We could not attend without them.”

The Abilene Area Chamber of Commerce, Abilene & Smoky Valley Railroad, Dickinson County Heritage Center, Great Plains Theatre, Greyhound Hall of Fame Museum, Old Abilene Town and National Old West Trails Foundation will all share their stories in the Abilene booth.

The Abilene CVB booth is located in the Pride of Kansas building at the Kansas State Fair.

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