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August 15, 2023

Kansas State Fair Grand Drive & KJLS Show Schedules & Information

Submitted by Lexie Hayes

As the Kansas State Fair Grand Drive and KJLS approach, it is important for families to familiarize themselves with the rules and be prepared for check-in for the process to go smoothly. Schedules and rules are posted on each show’s respective website. The barns open on Thursday, September 7 for the Grand Drive, with check-in happening on Friday morning, showmanship on Friday afternoon, market shows on Saturday, and breeding animals showing on Sunday. Exhibitors will pick up their packets in the show office (credential office), located in the sheep and swine barn office complex, upon arrival. Each packet contains each exhibitor's check-in cards, as well as other items purchased during show entry, including wristbands, Gala tickets, etc. Exhibitors who need to substitute one nominated animal for another may do so in advance through the link posted on the Grand Drive Facebook page. This will expedite the check-in process. All families are also encouraged to follow the Grand Drive and KJLS social media platforms as the shows approach. Both share lots of information and reminders leading up to the shows, including stalling maps. Additionally, the shows usually post the show books and real-time announcements and information through their social media platforms during the shows.

Check the KJLS website for the schedule and details. The barns open on Friday, September 29. Check-in, showmanship, breeding, and market shows happen throughout the weekend, by specie. The weekend begins with meat goats and sheep, wrapping up with swine and beef on Sunday. Families need to refer to the schedule before arrival for details. The LEAD Challenge will occur throughout the weekend, with awards presented on Sunday. Exhibitors will pick up their packets, which contain their t-shirt, check-in cards, and other materials, in the sheep and swine barn. Packets need to be picked up by Friday evening. Follow the KJLS Facebook Page for announcements and details as the show approaches.

For specific questions about each show, contact the Kansas State Fair or KJLS directly, using the contact information on their pages.