Kansas State Fair

Kansas State Fair wants to start non-profit foundation

March 14, 2019 - 3:51 am

The Kansas State Fair wants to start their own non-profit foundation. The bill to do that passed the Kansas House earlier this session and the Senate hearing was Tuesday in the Senate Ag committee. Fair Board President Virginia Crossland-Macha says the idea is to be able to taking donations for the benefit of the fair. 

“When people plan their estates or trusts, they can include a foundation,” said Crossland-Macha. “Some of that would be key for us to be on that fast track to be part of their giving. I studied the fairs of our size across the United States and what made them so successful. You’d like to mirror success. It seemed the common denominator was the foundation. Indiana has a similar fair attendance where it’s situated.”

She says Indiana has a fair with similar attendance numbers to Kansas, and Indiana has had great growth in its foundation in the last few years.

“They put $186,000 for the first year in 2011,” Crossland-Macha said. “In 2016, they grew that to a little less than $11 million. There is a potential there.”

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