___________ July, 2019
’Tis the season for county fairs! Most rally during July or August. Each present traditional events like competition judging of county entrants in categories that include gardening, cooking, and livestock, to name a few. This to bring in the traditional Blue, Red, and White Ribbons to entrants who made impressions on the judges. And of course, the coveted Purple Ribbon that indicates entrance to the State Fair.
Each county fair touts traditional shows like Horse Shows, and special events and entertainment. They might bring in national events like Monster Truck jams, or regional events like Stock Car races.
County Fairs have a Midway with carnival rides, games to win prizes, and food vendors that offer cotton candy, and signature deep-fried delights like corn dogs, and mini-donuts sprinkled with cinnamon and hot to the touch.
All together County Fairs are to celebrate the County in an annual summer tradition on the County Fair Grounds, passed among generations. In modern day, most fairs keep their mainstay traditions, and some also add new ones.
Here are examples of a few 2019 County Fairs.
Douglas County Fair — Lawrence
2110 Harper Street
July 29th — August 3rd
Among highlights: a Rabbit Show, Llama show, Antique Tractor Pull, one of the largest Demolition Derbies in the region, and live band performances every night.
Also a Chef’s Challenge event that features local chefs competing by creating recipes using a specific local ingredient; this year the ingredient is Tomatoes.
For more information, visit DgCountyFair.com.
Miami County Fair — Paola
Among highlights: 4-H Food Stand opens Sunday at noon. Pie auction Monday. The annual Rotary Club Fair Parade Wednesday, July 24th. The parade has over 100 units, including 4-H Club floats, local organizations like Rotary Club, Shriners, and equestrian groups. The procession steps off at 7 p.m. near the courthouse, and proceeds around the downtown Park Square, then turns east to continue to the Wallace Park Fair Grounds.
The Crowning of the Fair Queen & Fair Princess is celebrated Thursday night.
More festivities include animal shows, an expanse of traditional County Fair exhibits and also exhibits for antiques, flower arrangements, woodworking, quilts, and more. Plus a Fair Carnival, and Rodeo events Friday and Saturday.
For more information, visit MiamiCountyKansasFair.com
Hamilton County Fair — Syracuse
806 South Main Street
July 19th — 27th
Among highlights: Backyard Barbecue Cook-off, Homemade Pie, Cake & Ice Cream Contest, exhibits, animal shows, a 4-H sponsored Appreciation Meal, a Pedal Tractor Pull, and a Parade on Saturday July 27th with the theme “Storybook Fair.”
New attractions this year include a Petting Zoo, a Demolition Derby, and Mud Volleyball tournaments.
For more information, visit HamiltonCountyFairgrounds.com.
What’s happening at your Fair?