Kansas State Fair Warns About Third-Party Ticket Sellers


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Kansas State Fair officials are warning grandstand concert buyers to beware of third party ticket sellers.

Fraudulent websites have popped up selling Nex-Tech Wireless Grandstand tickets, said the fair’s Marketing Director Amy Bickel.

“Our box office has only been open a few days, but already there are several websites offering our concert tickets — which they may or may not have — at highly inflated prices,” said Bickel.

Bickel said one website listed seats Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, who will perform Friday, Sept. 6, at between $60 and $300.The fair is selling those same seats for $20 to $65.

“Etix, our ticket partner, is the only legitimate online ticket seller for the Kansas State Fair,” Bickel said.

Fair patrons can purchase tickets by stopping by the ticket office at 2000 N. Poplar St., calling (620) 669-3618 or visiting https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/12251/kansas-state-fair. As a safety precaution, Etix and the fair allows patrons to only purchase six tickets at a time.

The 2019 Kansas State Fair is Sept. 6-15. This year’s concert series includes:

  • Sept. 6 – Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots with special guest NIcolle Galyon.
  • Sept. 7 – Billy Currington.
  • Sept. 8 – Skillet.
  • Sept. 9 – Demolition Derby.
  • Sept. 11 – Francesca Battistelli and Zach Williams.
  • Sept. 13 – Lauren Alaina with special guest Mitchell Tenpenny.
  • Sept. 14 – To Be Announced.
  • Sept. 15 – To Be Announced.

Safe ticket purchasing tips:

  • When buying online, make sure you a buying from the fair’s secured site through ticket partner Etix. Customers can also call (620) 669-3618 or visit the ticket office in the Administration Building.
  • Don’t be fooled by secondary, unsecured sites that imply affiliation with the Kansas State Fair by using photos of the venue and images of grandstand seating or information about upcoming shows.
  • The fair’s official website is www.kansasstatefair.com. The website is undergoing a rebrand and will have a new template and colors in upcoming days.
  • If you hear a show is sold out, confirm it first with our ticket office.
  • You shouldn’t pay more than face-value, but re-sale is legal. Research to see if you’re paying too much.
  • If you are scammed, report it to Kansas State Fair officials.
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Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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