Norman Karlin was one of the first people to welcome me to Hutchinson last year. He is also, I later found out, a huge part of the Kansas State Fair. Karlin is not only my favorite part of the fair, he is just one of my favorite people.
I tagged along with him Friday at the fair. Truth be told, it’s hard to go anywhere in the fair with Karlin, who formerly owned Midwest Feed, without being stopped. He knows everyone, and everyone sings his praises. Earlier this year, Karlin was entered into the Kansas Fairs & Festivals Association Hall of Fame for more than 20 years of involvement with the Kansas State Fair.
Karlin, who works as outside exhibits manager, reminisced Friday about working the fair until 1 in the morning and coming back only five or six hours later.
“It made for very short nights,” he said.
The conversation quickly moved to what he’ll have to do after the fair ends to clean up. Then, around 3 p.m., he had to go. He was off to work the timer for the celebrity goat milking contest.