Bandaloni — the Kansas State Fair’s beloved one-man band — is back for the 2019 Fair, along with a variety of performers who will flip, juggle fire, bend steel, plus much, much more.
“Each year, the Fair offers a wide variety of free entertaining acts — including few who stroll the fairgrounds and perform wherever they find a crowd,” said Fair Manager Robin Jennison. “This year, visitors and their families can enjoy new and exciting performers, along with a few familiar faces.”
The Fair is Sept. 6-15. Here are some of the free highlights:
Bandaloni, the One-Man Band
Back after a year hiatus is the one and only Bandaloni. This one-man band gives musical entertainment a humorous facelift as he belts out familiar family favorites while playing bass and rhythm guitar, harmonica, kick drum, two high-hats, snare drum, cowbell and tambourine.
Find him throughout the grounds daily.
Jason D’Vaude (that’s Vaude as in Vaudeville) is a self-taught one-man circus. The Kansas City entertainer brings his comedic juggling, fire and clowning show to Fair audiences, delighting them with his charming humor and distinct but refined awkwardness. Watch him juggle sharp items, climb up precariously balanced objects, ride an extra-tall unicycle and manipulate fire like a master.
Look to the sky or spot the flames to find this roaming act on the grounds.
The Strong Man
The Fair will have its own version of Superman.
Strongman John Beatty can bend steel, flip over cars and pull one-ton pickups. Beatty can also turn a horseshoe into a heart, lift 10 kids in the air at once and drive a nail with his hand. Beatty has performed at world strongman competitions, and his impressive skills helped him make it to the quarterfinals on Season 5 of America’s Got Talent.
Location: Grandstand Avenue/Fort Riley Boulevard intersection (by the fountain).
Gottschalk Park Feature: Fearless Flores Thrill Show
Your family will not believe all the dangerous acts the Flores family can do. Audiences’ jaws will drop at the Globe of Death containing motorcycle-madness and skilled stunts. The Flores family also will perform acrobats on a sway pole from 50 feet in the air. Their death-defying feats earned them a spot-on America’s Got Talent.
The Fearless Flores Thrill Show is sponsored by Hutchinson Clinic.
Hours/Location: 1:30 and 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6; and 11 a.m., 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7-Sept. 15 at Gottschalk Park.
Comic Hypnotist Ron Diamond
One act that never gets old is comic hypnotist Ron Diamond. Year after year, Diamond puts dozens of fairgoers under his hypnotic spell for a hour-long performance of laughs and fun. Sponsored by Kuhn-Krause, Diamond performs daily at the Bretz & Young Injury Lawyers Arena.