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Auto Races Close State Fair In Kansas

The city of Hutchinson, Kansas was founded in 1871 when Indian Agent Clinton “C.C.” Hutchinson contracted with the Santa Fe Railway to make a town at the railroad’s crossing over the Arkansas River. It became a main railway stop and the largest city in Reno County, Kansas. The city held its first county fair in 1875. By 1885 annual attendance exceeded 10,000. By the 1900’s major cities in Kansas were vying for the designation of official State Fair. Hutchinson and Topeka are main contenders and each is calling themselves “state fairs” unofficially. The Kansas state legislature will take it up next year.

On September 21, 1912 on the closing day of the State Fair in Hutchinson the grandstand was packed with 3,000 people watching motorcycle racing and automobile racing.

Auto races
1912 Kansas State Fair at Hutchinson
September 21, 1912

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