The smell of familiar Fair Trade foods like Pronto Pups, German Kriebel dishes, fried Oreos and cheese curds filled the area around the People’s Bank Intrust Arena at the Kansas State Fairgrounds on Saturday.
Bands from across Kansas and competed on stage during the 2022 Fair Food and Tunes on June 25 at Kansas State Fairgroundswhere celebrity judges evaluated each musical act and selected five finalists.
The five finalists chosen at Fair Food and Tunes for State Fair’s Rock the Fair are Lorraine-Dietrich, Final Thoughts, Room 347, The Other Guys Band and Sister Sarah Tree.
“We didn’t worry about anything, we just went upstairs and had a great time,” said Lorraine-Dietrich vocalist and guitarist Peter Grebenyuk. “We loved being up there and playing for everyone, showing what we have.”
Share music to get to the State Fair Grandstand
The three celebrity judges were Hannah Holt, host of the Y Wake Up Show on Salina’s Y93.7, Jace Wilbert, a professional guitarist from Wichita, and Morgan Wilk, a midday personality from Country 102.9 FM.
After Overland Park-based band Lorraine-Dietrich opened the lineup, Wilk commented on the young band’s style and sound.
“As far as marketing goes, you’ll look cool in your outfits up there, and the lead guitarist is great overall,” Wilk said.
Grebenyuk said he and the other two members of Lorraine-Dietrich, drummer Alex Brezik and bassist Logan Fancolly, were looking to increase their social presence and introduce new music to the public.
The band debuted in 2018 in the progressive rock genre, writing original music and scouting venues to perform.
“We came here not to be so nervous or focused on winning or losing,” Grebenyuk said. “It’s more about playing and having a good time – showing everyone that we’re having fun and just sharing music with everyone.”
Chad Boney Band brings fans
One of 10 bands performing on Saturday included the Chad Boney Band, a Wichita-based contemporary Christian band from Crosspoint Church.
The Chad Boney Band did not reach the top five at Fair Food and Tunes.
Boney and his five other band members brought over 20 fans from Crosspoint Church to Wichita, many of whom stayed overnight at Hutchinson to watch the band perform.
“His family is just amazing. I taught his kids Sunday school,” said Crosspoint Church attendee and Boney fan Linda Orben. “No matter what hardships they go through, they continue to affirm their faith.”
The Chad Boney Band is part of Boney’s performance, where he often travels as a religious interpreter to churches across the country.
James Larson, another Boney fan, said he liked Boney’s music for its contemporary style and the message behind its lyrics. Orben agreed.
“The message in his words is the most important thing because there’s so much behind it, and a lot of his music has to do with his personal testimony,” Orben said.
The groups came from Kingman, Salina, McPherson and Wichita
The 10 bands that competed at Fair Food and Tunes included Lorraine-Dietrich, from Overland Park; Chad Boney Band, of Wichita; Box Turtles, Manhattan; Just in Love, from Manhattan and Room 347, from Salina.
The rest of the bands that performed at Fair Food and Tunes included Kingman’s The Other Guys Band; Stay the course, from Wichita; Sister Sarah Tree, of McPherson; Steel Skarecrow, by Wichita and Final Thoughts by Winfield.
Each group competed for a runner-up spot on the grandstand stage, opening the Kansas State Fair on September 9.
“I saw the building, and I was like, ‘Yeah, it looks really big,’ but it would be an amazing experience to be able to play there,” Grebenyuk said.