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Fairgrounds Information

General information about the Douglas County, Kansas Fairgrounds facilities.

Rentals at the Fairgrounds

Fairgrounds Policies

Judicial & Law Enforcement Building

  • 111 East 11th St., Unit 200, Lawrence, KS 66046
  • To make a reservation or schedule an appointment to make a reservation, please call: 785-832-5296.

Main Fairground Facilities

  • 2110 Harper Street, Lawrence, KS 66046
  • 785-832-5296.

Fairgrounds Community Building

  • 1930 Harper Street, Lawrence, KS 66046
  • 785-832-5296

See the complete list of  Fairgrounds Fees.

A complete list of Major Events can be found on our Fairgrounds Major Events page. Please be advised, the Douglas County Fairgrounds does not host these events. The organization or individual renting the facilities is hosting the event. Please contact them directly for more information.

 

Main Fairground Facilities Directions

From the West (Topeka):

  • Take I-70 E/KANSAS TURNPIKE towards LAWRENCE/KANSAS CITY (Portions toll)
  • Take exit number 202 towards US-59 S/WEST LAWRENCE (2nd exit)
  • Merge onto McDonald Drive (US-59)
  • Stay in the left lane; McDonald Drive turns into Iowa Street (US-59)
  • Turn LEFT onto KS-10 (23rd Street in Lawrence)
  • Take KS-10 to Harper Street
  • Turn LEFT onto Harper Street
  • Go down Harper Street until you reach the Main Fairground Facilities at the intersection of Harper Street & Davis Road

From the East (Kansas City):

  • Take KS-10 West towards LAWRENCE.
  • Take the 23rd Street Exit
  • Turn RIGHT at Harper Street
  • Go down Harper Street until you reach the Main Fairground Facilities at the intersection of Harper Street & Davis Road

 

Fairgrounds Community Building Directions

From the West (Topeka):

  • Take I-70 E/KANSAS TURNPIKE towards LAWRENCE/KANSAS CITY (Portions toll)
  • Take exit number 202 towards US-59 S/WEST LAWRENCE (2nd exit)
  • Merge onto McDonald Drive (US-59)
  • Stay in the left lane; McDonald Drive turns into Iowa Street (US-59)
  • Turn LEFT onto KS-10 (23rd Street in Lawrence)
  • Take KS-10 to Harper Street
  • Turn LEFT onto Harper Street
  • Go down Harper Street until you reach the Fairground Community Building on Harper Street AFTER Edgelea Road and BEFORE E 19th Street

From the East (Kansas City):

  • Take KS-10 West towards LAWRENCE
  • Take the 23rd Street Exit
  • Turn RIGHT at Harper Street
  • Go down Harper Street until you reach the Fairground Community Building on Harper Street AFTER Edgelea Road and BEFORE E 19th Street

For more information about use of the Culinary Commons Kitchen, please follow this link to the Culinary Commons home page at https://www.douglascountyks.org/culinarycommons/welcome.

Contact Person: Susan Johnson at Kansas State Research and Extension Office at 785-843-7058

Before reserving the Culinary Commons Kitchen, each client must review the Culinary Commons Policy, complete and sign the application & agreement, take a tour of the kitchen, contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture to find out if they are in need of a processing license, and if applicable, provide a current copy of that license to both the Extension Office and Maintenance & Fairgrounds Office.

Once completed, you may contact Bobbi Krutz at Douglas County Maintenance and Fairgrounds Reservations at 785-832-5296 to review and sign a Fairgounds Agreement and to set up reservations. The Culinary Commons Kitchen is scheduled on a first come, first serve basis and only available Monday - Friday 8am to 10pm. This kitchen is also rented for events in Building #21 so availability is limited.

Building #21 can be split up into two buildings, North and South. The North side has access to the Culinary Commons Industrial Kitchen. The North side is 5600sq ft with an occupancy of 300 people. There is access to 32 tables and 180 chairs. The South side is 3944sq ft with a capacity of 235 people. There is access to 28 tables and 180 chairs. Both sides have a projector screen and microphones but the actual projector will have to be provided by the renter if needed. Please see the Fee Schedule for rental rates.

After demolition of the what used to be called Buildings #1 and #2, the Flory Meeting Hall was built in 2016 and named after the former Commissioner, Jim Flory. The building can be partitioned off into two buildings, East and West. The East side has access to a kitchenette. This kitchenette includes a household size refrigerator, microwave, sink, and a large amount of counter space and electrical outlets for plugging in conventional ovens and crock pots making this a perfect space for small gatherings. Each side is 2500sq ft and holds up to 180 people. The East side has 16 round tables and 128 chairs while the West side has 20 rectangular chairs and 120 chairs. Both sides have advanced audio visual equipment including projectors, screens, and T-coil hearing loop.

Great for all types of events! A multi-purpose arena that hosts a variety of events including auctions, children's play days, and livestock shows. It has an occupancy of 2750 and 41,250 sq ft of space. There is access to a fully operational Concession Stand and a Meeting Space that can be reserved in addition to the rental of the Community Building. 

Located at the Douglas County Lone Star Lake and not at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, this venue is great for meetings, small parties, and family reunions.

Occupancy of 59 people

7 -  8' Tables and 40 chairs

Rental: $20.00 per hour, minimum 4 hours

A fully refundable damage deposit of $150.00 and a signed agreement are required. Renter is solely responsible for any and all cleaning to return the rental in the same condition it was rented in.

Alcohol is for personal use only and anyone serving, consuming, possessing, or carrying must comply with all applicable state and local laws,

One event per day between 9 AM to 8 PM with extended summer hours until 9:30 PM.

You can find more information at https://www.douglascountyks.org/county-parks/lone-star-lake-park. To make a reservation, please contact Bobbi Krutz at Douglas County Maintenance at 785-832-5296.

 

 

The Douglas County Fairgrounds allows use of the Community Indoor Arena for open riding from 9am to 9pm on Thursdays when the facilities are open and free of rentals. You can access the calendar below.

***This calendar is subject to change at any time. Please check the day before to see if Open Ride has been cancelled. Fairgrounds & Maintenance Crew are not responsible to contact individuals about changes made to the Open Ride schedule. Individuals are responsible for checking the calendar without prompts from staff. Riders are also required to clean up after themselves and all waste from their animals. Parents are required to fill out a waiver for children 17 and under. This waiver can be found on the desk near the Open Ride money drop box and can be dropped in with any applicable fees. It is $15.00 a person excluding children 17 and under who ride for free (with a waiver on file). Barrels and a walking bridge are available for use to the riders. If used, please return these items to their proper places when finished. Open riding is a privilege. Please honor the rules, regulations, and payment of fees. For additional questions, please contact Maintenance & Fairgrounds Crew.

Thank you and ride responsible,

Fairgrounds & Maintenance Crew.

***All Electrical Spot for Camping have been reserved. If you would like to be put on a first come, first served, cancellation list please contact the Maintenance Department using the information provided below.

The 2017 Douglas County Fair will be held from July 23rd to the 30th. For more information about the Fair events, scheduling, ticket prices, or any other general questions please check out the website at http://dgcountyfair.com/ or call the Douglas County K-State Research & Extension office at 785-843-7059. The Fairgrounds will be renting out electrical hookups for camping at a rate of $15.00 per day. There are 16 spaces and they have electrical hookups only (no sewer, no water). A dump station is set up on the south side of the camping area near hookup #1. These 16 spots will be rented on a first-come, first-served basis. Free camping is available to the east of the hookups area. Please contact Bobbi Krutz with the Douglas County Maintenance Department at 785-832-5296 or email your request to mtdept@douglascountyks.org to check availability and to reserve a spot with the an electrical hookup.