Hutchinson Next year's version of the Kansas State Fair will have a different look.
The Kansas State Fair board on Friday unanimously approved the first three projects of the fair's master plan so work can begin this winter.
Last spring, Gov. Bill Graves signed the bill allowing the fair to embark on a $36 million, 10-year capital improvement plan.
The plans include a $1.5 million recreational vehicle park, $3.3 million in infrastructure renovations and $2.2 million in landscaping, paving, fencing and other improvements on 110 of the fair's 280 acres.
The first year of the master plan includes an increased camping area, costing about $1.8 million; construction of Sunflower North for $1.2 million; and renovating the Meadowlark Building, including air-conditioning, for $1.4 million.
Next year's construction includes Sunflower North, a copy of the current Sunflower building.
A 40-foot tower will be built between the two.
Another tower will be built behind the renovated Meadowlark Building.
Tentatively, the bid on campground work will be let in October, while renovation of the Sunflower and Meadowlark buildings is targeted for late December to mid-January, said physical plant manager Larry Ankerholz.
The first bond issuance of $17.5 million will be in late fall.
The fair board hopes to have the campground ready by the middle of June in time for the U.S. Open, scheduled in July at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson.
The other two buildings will be completed by the 2002 Kansas State Fair.