Skip to content Skip to navigation

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  2017 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.

Great for meetings, small parties, and family reunions.

Capacity 59 people

7' -  8' Tables and 48 chairs

Rental: $20.00 per hour, minimum 6 hours

Both a fully refundable damage deposit of $150.00 and a signed agreement is 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. Summer months it can be rented 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 Building, an 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. They 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. Please see a map of the Fairgrounds electrical camping area here.