The Kansas State Fair’s new director hopes to overcome challenges in order to grow the annual end-of-summer event in Hutchinson.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Robin Jennison recently took over the fair after leading the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism. Jennison says the challenge to growing the state fair will be to understand its roots in agriculture and to capitalize on agriculture as a large component of the event.
About 300,000 people attend the Kansas State Fair each year.
Jennison says another challenge will be to repair Bison Arena, which has at least $5 million in deficiencies. He says the fair’s board hasn’t decided what to do with the iconic, but outdated building.
Jennison says the Expo building also faces structural problems and will need roof repair.