Ball games, an antique engine show, scarecrow building, a quilt show and other attractions will kick off the 84th annual Vinland Fair starting at 11 a.m. Thursday.
The three-day "World's Fair of Vinland," as it's frequently called by the town's residents, will feature plenty of activities for children and adults.
Tractor operating skills will be tested during an "old-time and modern" tractor contest at noon Thursday. The Jayhawk Pony Pull will start at 7 p.m., followed by the pie walk with homemade fruit pies as prizes. The Lonesome Hobos will entertain fair-goers starting at 8 p.m.
On Friday, the stock bicycle races will start rolling at 9:30 a.m., with categories for riders of all ages. Other games, such as sack races, the softball throw, and haybale toss, will start at 1 p.m. The evening's program includes an Old West Show by the Lawrence Gunfighters Assn. at 6 p.m., the antique tractor pull at 7 p.m., a talent show also at 7 p.m. and live entertainment by the Calhoun County band at 8 p.m.
Saturday's schedule includes horseshoe pitching at 9 a.m., followed by another Old West Show at 9:30 a.m. and the pedal tractor pull at 10:30 a.m.
The box turtle race and pet parade will begin at noon. Prizes will go to the parade entries in the following categories: prettiest rabbit, best trained dog, prettiest dog, littlest mature dog, prettiest cat or kitten, most attractive doll, decorated doll carriage, decorated tricycle and decorated bicycle.
The lawn and garden tractor driving course competition will start at 2 p.m. Saturday. Antique automobiles will be on display starting at 4 p.m., followed by a performance by the gunfighters at 5 p.m. and a pie walk at 7:30 p.m.
The Jackalopes, a new band featuring Susan Stringer, Bill Crahan and Scott Tichenor, will take the stage at 8 p.m.
The Vinland fairgrounds are 10 miles southeast of Lawrence.