State Fair to begin Friday


    The 2008 Kansas State Fair opens its gates to the public Friday at 8 a.m. This year’s fair is full of great entertainment, amazing vendors and fun competitions.
    The Sprint Grandstand, ready for several national acts, will offer a little something for everyone this year.
     The bands Styx and Kansas will perform at 7:30 on the opening night of the fair. Alice Cooper, Blake Shelton, Puddle of Mudd and Corbin Bleu will also perform at the 2008 Kansas State Fair, as well as seven other popular recording artists. Tickets range from $15-$30.
    Daredevils can enjoy the Demolition Derby that will take place on Monday. Adult tickets cost only $6 and children younger than 12 are free. FreestyleMX will take place on Wednesday for only $15 per adult and $5 per child.
    You can also expect some great barbecue at the fair, as there will be many food vendors set up on the fair grounds.
    Not into barbecue? There will also be Chinese food, pizza, chili dogs, and much more.
    There will be plenty to see with all of the exhibits entered into this year’s fair. These exhibits are a must see, as many are having giveaways.
    For your competitive side, there will be many competitions to watch or take part in. At 1:30 p.m. on Sept. 14, there will be a text messaging contest. The top prize for this event is $1,000.
    Other events to check out are the Marching Band Competition, the Duct Tape Competition, 4-H Competitions, FFA Competitions and, of course, livestock showing.
    Directories of the food vendors and exhibits as well as additional information regarding this year’s fair can be found on the Kansas State Fair Web site