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Demolition derby drivers duke it out at fair

Engines revving, exhausts blazing, bodies battered, tires twisted, and with various pieces falling off, competitors in the Douglas County Fair's demolition derby took aim at each other in multiple heats in the mud-filled outdoor arena Friday night. The competition pitted junker against junker — creating even more junk as the night went on — in what has come to be not only a favorite event at the county fair, but one that some participants have grown up in. By Meagan Thomas

Chefs pack plates with local flavor at annual cooking challenge

Eileen Horn was shuffling score sheets after the judges’ last bites at the third annual Chefs Challenge Friday evening at the Douglas County Fair. “They have never been this close,” said Horn, the county sustainability coordinator, “and it looks like this was gut-wrenching for the judges.” Three dishes, all jam-packed with locally sourced ingredients and bold but balanced flavors. Whose would win? By Sara Shepherd

Fairgoers put safety in the hands of others

Lane Kramar doesn't think much about ride safety. When the 15-year-old goes to the carnival at the Douglas County Fair, he's just looking to have fun. Like the Lecompton teenager, many fairgoers figure that someone is ensuring the rides are safe — but who? By Giles Bruce

Barrel racing helps mother and daughter to bond

Regan Zaremba, 15, has been riding horses for as long as she can remember. A fourth-generation rider, Regan learned all she knows about horses from her mother, Darby Zaremba, including how to barrel race. Regan and Darby, who is also the barrel racing coordinator for the Douglas County Fair, both competed in the Douglas County Fair Jackpot Barrel Racing Competition Friday night. By Meagan Thomas

Dozens of 4-H members will compete at the Douglas County Fair

From woodworking to robots, cattle to photography, dozens of 4-H members will compete in the Douglas County Fair’s numerous events, contests and exhibitions this week. But many in 4-H say the true prizes for their efforts are not the purple or blue ribbons taken home at the end of the week. Rather, the lessons learned and memories made are the greatest rewards.By Caitlin Doornbos

Lawrence resident shows his ewes-ful talent on national TV

Lawrence resident Rocky Swearingen has “shear” talent when it comes to showing sheep, and his debut on “Tough Grit” will baa-ck it up. Ewe can catch him on RFD-TV at 6 p.m. on April 15. By Rebekka Schlichting

The hits keep on coming at Demolition Derby

Drivers were scrambling to get their cars up to snuff minutes before the Demolition Derby was scheduled to start Friday. They were removing bolts, cutting metal and detaching plates — all violations of the of Douglas County Fair’s Demolition Derby rules.

Lawsuit seeks $5M for U.S. 56 fatality

An attorney for the estate of an Overbrook woman who died from injuries in a January highway crash in Douglas County has filed a lawsuit against several parties seeking $5 million in damages.

Tease photo

Llama show defies expectations

What the heck is going on here? Well, it is the 4-H llama show at the Douglas County Fair. In other words, a livestock show that has been crossbred with “The Gong Show.”

Children show off swine at fair

Squeals, laughter and organized chaos: This is the best way to describe the Pee Wee Swine Showmanship contest at the Douglas County Fair.

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.

Demolition derby heat 2

Heat two from the demolition derby at the Douglas County Fair.