The Kansas State Fair kicked off its annual 10-day run with a noteworthy bang on Sept. 9 as Stillwell farmer Matt Jacobs’ 1,280-pounder broke the state’s all-time pumpkin record and ribbons were awarded for best scarecrows, biscuits, and butter sculptures.
Staged in Hutchison, the state fair is a late-summer celebration of tradition, innovation, and novelty with all three apparently baked into its signature ‘OMG Chicken Sandwich,’ a cereal-coated fried chicken breast wrapped in syrup-slathered bacon wedged inside a doughnut.
Among other Kansas State Fair traditions, it is where, every four years, candidates for governor meet to debate for the first time, signaling the start of the final sprint to November elections….


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