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.