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K-State plans special day at state fair

By Jelani Yancey

Kansas State University will roll out the purple carpet at the 2012 Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. The first Sunday of the fair, Sept. 9, is designated as K-State Day with the university as the day’s official sponsor.

Special outdoor exhibits set up south of 4-H Centennial Hall will share university information,

including K-State’s goal to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025. Performances on the adjacent Lake Talbott Stage will showcase university musical groups, and pep rallies will feature members of the Kansas State University bands, Willie the Wildcat and cheerleaders. K-State items also will be given away throughout the day on the fairgrounds.

“Kansas State University has a proud tradition of partnership with the state fair since it began 100 years ago,” said K-State President Kirk Schulz. “The university has turned this opportunity into a strong part of our heritage in providing Kansans with knowledge important to them. Integrating research and education with engagement and outreach is one of our strengths as we move forward to become a Top 50 public research university by 2025.”

During K-State Day, university representatives will be present at fair gates to welcome visitors and hand out maps, including schedules of performances for Sept. 9 and locations of K-State exhibits and booths for the entire 10-day state fair.

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