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Douglas County Fair kicks off July 24: a look at fair favorites, highlights

The 2017 Douglas County Fair doesn’t officially kick off until Monday, though equine enthusiasts should have their fill of activities this weekend at the fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.

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Born to crash: Woman follows family obsession with victory in Douglas County demolition derby

Shelby Miller is a bit envious of her brother’s first name. She is the firstborn of Doug and Kay Miller’s three children, yet brother Derby was given the name associated with the family's passion for demolition derbies.

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Barnyard Olympics event lights competitive fires at Douglas County Fair

The bucket flip was the secret to success Saturday in the Douglas County Fair’s Barnyard Olympics. “It’s hard,” said Paulette Hays of Eudora. “It can cost you time.”

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"All-American anarchy" rules at Douglas County Fair's Chefs Challenge

As she prepared a dish Wednesday before about 120 people attending the sixth-annual Douglas County Fair’s Chefs Challenge, Sarah Hess described her cooking style as “all-American anarchy.”

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Dressed-up llamas put a unique spin on Douglas County Fair

Dolly the llama’s nose kept close to the hand of Collin Flory as he grabbed a fist of bromegrass from a square bale Tuesday afternoon at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Soon, the 2-year-old llama was munching on the brome as Collin petted her black-and-white coat. “Llamas make great pets,” Collin said. “She acts like a little dog. She’s really easy to take care of. All you have to have a little pasture, give her a little feed in the evening and make sure she has water.”

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Dog show kicks off 4-H competition at Douglas County Fair

Wyatt Slavin got off to a shaky start Saturday at the Douglas County 4-H Dog Club’s annual county fair dog show. The afternoon dog show, along with a morning pet show, were the opening events in Building 21 of the 2016 Douglas County Fair.

2014 Douglas County Fair wraps up; highest attendance in years

The final day of the Douglas County Fair kicked off this morning with kids and creatures competing to become showmanship champions at the Round Robin Showmanship contest at 9 a.m. Douglas County 4-H members from ages 7 to 18 strutted steer, pigs, sheep and goats around the arena before expert judges in each category.

Despite fewer cars, Douglas County Fair's demolition derby remains as popular as ever

A mass of dirt clods rocketed a couple dozen feet into the air as one driver charged into a three-car pileup in the center of the arena, a cloud of steam engulfing the unfortunate vehicle that endured the brunt of the collision. The scene was par for the course Friday evening at the Douglas County Fairgrounds as drivers in all manner of mangled cars crashed into one another at the annual demolition derby.

Riders of all ages compete in Douglas County Fair's jackpot barrel racing

Baylie Moon, 19, stood outside the gates of the rodeo ring in the community building at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, her chocolate-brown horse Dozer at her side. The pair were fresh off their run around the cloverleaf-shaped course in the fair's annual jackpot barrel racing, and Dozer, an 11-year-old quarter horse, was eager for his post-race treat.

Baldwin City twins go 'hog wild' for Douglas County Fair

It's not yet 10 a.m., and a fight has already broken out in the front yard of the Anderson home outside Baldwin City. A pair of black and white spotted hogs size each other up, hoof to snout, and a sparring match commences with a few head-butts and fairly harmless bites. The whole thing doesn't look much different from a playful fight between puppies.

Raising a bucket calf

Nine-year-old Chase Ice and his mother Heather Ice talk about all the work that goes into raising a bucket calf.

Barnyard Olympics

The third annual Barnyard Olympics were Saturday, Aug.6, 2011, at the Douglas County Fair.

Chef's Challenge at the Douglas County Fair

Chefs from three Lawrence restaurants participated in a Chef's Challenge Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at the Douglas County Fair. Each chef was required to use locally grown food and shop for several items at the farmers' market on the fairgrounds.

4-H'ers, parents try to keep themselves and animals cool

Parents and relatives of 4-H'ers talk about keeping their kids and animals cool on a very hot day at the Douglas County Fair.

4-H'ers show off their feathered friends at poultry show

Douglas County 4-H'ers display their chickens, roosters, geese and turkeys during the poultry show judging on Tuesday.

Douglas County Fair Barrel Race

Douglas County Fair kicks off with its Jackpot Barrel Race on July 29, 2011.

Fair wraps up with barnyard competition

The 2010 Douglas County Fair came to a close Saturday evening. Children had the chance to compete in events they'd been training for all week with the Barnyard Olympics.

The Carnival Life

Carnival Workers with Moore's Greater Shows Carnival talk about lights, crowds and life on the road.

Llama contest features Eudora brothers

The llama competition at the 2010 Douglas County Fair featured a sibling rivalry between two Eudora brothers. The brothers look to hone their skills and return to the competition next year.

Demolition derby heat 1

The first heat from the demolition derby at the Douglas County Fair.