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The treats, rides and entertainment are back, as the Kansas State Fair opens its 100th annual fair.
The first day of the fair started with sunshine and strong northerly winds, then clouds and rain moved in during the noon hour, but the weekend was expected to be sunny with temperatures around 80.
For the first time in four years, admission prices have gone up, with a regular adult ticket going from $8 to $10. People 60 and older can get in the gate for $6, while children 6-12 are $4 and kids 5 and under are free.
Fair General Manager Denny Stoecklein said the fair doesn't get outside support and needed to raise prices because expenses have increased. He noted the state is nearly $1.5 million behind in payments it is supposed to make to maintain the fairgrounds and its building.
KWCH reports the fair board has tried to bring more free entertainment to this year's event to give patrons more reasons to attend.
The events on the schedule include a sea lion show, and the new food items include a carrot cake style of funnel cake and deep fried thin mint cookies.