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September 8, 2015

Kansas State Fair Opens Search for General Manager

Submitted by Daryl Buchholz

From: Office of the Secretary <secretary@KDA.KS.GOV>
Date: September 2, 2015 at 12:17:13 PM CDT
Subject: NEWS RELEASE: Kansas State Fair Opens Search for General Manager


Rachel Groene
Greteman Group
316.263.1004, ext. 114
Website: bit.ly/KSFGMSEARCH


Hutchinson, Kan. - The Kansas State Fair five-person subcommittee, which leads the search for a new General Manager, will begin reviewing resumes and submissions on October 1, 2015.

Fair Board President Harmon Bliss notes that the candidate need not only maintain the previous success of the Kansas State Fair, but ideally also increase it.

"We're looking for a candidate who has the operational experience to manage an annual event of this size and who's also willing to continually build and maintain key relationships," says Bliss. "The candidate will need to favorably represent the Kansas State Fair at the local and state level."

The General Manager reports to a 13-member State Fair Board. Beyond traditional managerial duties, the candidate needs to be competent in public relations, finance and capital project planning and lead use. The ability to create and deliver presentations to promote the organization will be given priority, along with skills and expertise in attracting and developing business for an event facility. The General Manager will need to be available for evening and weekend events, as needed; and to participate in a variety of community activities and organizations in the state.

Applicants should have a minimum of a four-year college degree from an accredited college or university (or any combination of equivalent experience), five to seven years' in an executive management position, experience working with a board and management familiarity with a fair, festival or major event.

The Kansas State Fair serves as the largest event in the state. It starts the Friday following Labor Day in September and lasts for 10 days. The fairgrounds, located in Hutchinson, Kan., consist of 280 acres and 96 buildings with nearly 24 acres under roof. The Kansas State Fair operates with more than 25 full-time employees and hires approximately 550 part-time and temporary employees during the event.

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, tax-clearance certificate (a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws, more information found here) and contact information for five references to: Attn: GM Search Committee, Kansas State Fair Board, 2000 N. Poplar St., Hutchinson, KS 67502.

The application deadline is slated as November 1, 2015. The five-person subcommittee will recommend a number of qualified options to the Kansas State Fair board, along with a recommendation. The position will remain open until filled.

To learn more about the position, click here.


It's always a blast call at the Kansas State Fair. From the opening bell to the final grandstand blockbuster. So get on a stick and head for the world-class Midway, blue-ribbon animals and family-friendly activities. It's pure Americana - an event not to be missed. Party with your pals and hear the hottest performers at the Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand. Tour the many agricultural and educational displays. Win prizes. Brave heart-pounding carnival rides. Sample some fried 'n' joy - and other culinary delights. Enormous vegetables, odd artifacts, homemade crafts and the infamous butter sculpture provide something for everyone. Nonstop fun from Sept. 11-20, 2015, the event is the largest in the state of Kansas with crowds numbering more than 350,000. The fairgrounds are in centrally located Hutchinson, Kansas. Mark your calendars now and plan to join Kansans from across the state - along with visitors of true discernment from around the world. For more information, call 620.669.3600, toll free at 800.362.FAIR or visit www.kansasstatefair.com.

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