Gov. Jeff Colyer will participate in a ceremonial bill signing at the Kansas State Fairgrounds Wednesday afternoon and will speak that evening at a forum hosted by Reno County Republicans.

On May 16, Colyer signed into law Senate Bill 415. It passed the Legislature easily and dedicates a sales tax revenue stream for fairgrounds capital improvements, as long as the State Fair remains in Hutchinson city limits. The State Fair Board and the Hutchinson/Reno County Chamber of Commerce promoted the bill and the Chamber is hosting the celebration Wednesday.

It will run from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Domestic Arts Building on the fairgrounds. Free refreshments will be provided, and the public is invited to attend. 

A lineup of speakers will start speaking at 4:30 p.m., with remarks by State Fair Board President Virginia Crossland-Macha, interim State Fair General Manager Robert Moeder, Hutchinson Mayor Steven Dechant, and Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Debra Teufel. Colyer will speak about 5 p.m. A cake will be cut immediately after the ceremonial bill signing.   

At 6:30 p.m., Reno County Republicans will host a forum in Hutchinson Community College’s Shears Technology Center, where Colyer will speak and take questions. It is open to the public.

Colyer is running in the Republican gubernatorial primary election, and Reno County Republicans have provided a public speaking opportunity for other GOP candidates when they visit the area.