Archive for Wednesday, August 9, 2000

Vinland ready for old-fashioned fun

Fair will include home-cooked meals, farm skills competitions

August 9, 2000

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Homemade apple, peach and cherry pies, nail-driving contests and tug-of-war matches are some of the traditions that have carried on here for almost 100 years.

Those traditions and more are featured at the 93rd annual Vinland Fair that starts Thursday and continues through Saturday. The fair's events and exhibits will take place at the Vinland Fairgrounds, about 5 miles north of Baldwin and north of the Vinland School.

Mary Lou Brown, left, Vinland, gets help from April Robbs, 11,
center, and Cyndi Woodhead, 13, Tuesday night as they help set up
the exhibition barn at the Vinland Fairgrounds. The 93rd Vinland
Fair begins Thursday.

Mary Lou Brown, left, Vinland, gets help from April Robbs, 11, center, and Cyndi Woodhead, 13, Tuesday night as they help set up the exhibition barn at the Vinland Fairgrounds. The 93rd Vinland Fair begins Thursday.

Jerry Moore, who has helped with the fair since 1960, said the fair is filled with old-fashioned fun.

"It's a community get-together and there's a lot of visiting," he said. "It's a great time to see people you don't see all the time."

Thursday's activities begin with an all-day antique engine show. The old-time farm skills competition, which features log-sawing and nail-driving events, starts at 2 p.m. A talent show takes the stage at 6:30 p.m., followed by the band Lonesome Hobos at 8 p.m.

Other fair events include livestock exhibits and children's games at noon and an antique tractor weigh-in at 3 p.m. Friday.

Moore said Saturday's lineup also has several "must-see" events such as the horseshoe pitching, ice cream and back-seat driver contests. The latter, he said, has become quite popular.

"The driver is blindfolded. Usually it's the wife who sits behind in a little trailer and has to tell him where to go," he said.

The fair is well-known for the homemade food that volunteers spend days making.

"The food is really famous. People seem to really like the home cooking," Moore said.

On Thursday, the Kansas Grassroots Art Assn. will serve a spaghetti and meatballs dinner. Community volunteers will serve a homemade chicken and noodles dinner Friday and a pan-fried chicken dinner Saturday. There is a small fee for the dinners.

There is no admission fee for the fair. Fair organizers will sell T-shirts and pins with the fair's logo to raise money for next year's event.

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