From funnel cakes and kettle corn to pedal tractor pulls and turtle races, August is the month for area fairs.
As it quiets down at the Douglas County 4-H Fairgrounds, other fairs are just getting into full gear.
Coming up are the Jefferson County Fair in Valley Falls, the Leavenworth County Fair in Tonganoxie and the Vinland Fair.
Although some 4-H Club events already took place, the Jefferson County 4-H Fair kicks off at 5:30 p.m. today with a new event, a dog show in showmanship and obedience, said Cindy Williams, a county extension agent.
In addition to the 4-H shows, highlights include the parade at 7 p.m. Tuesday through downtown Valley Falls and the bucket calf costume parade at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. This year's parade's grand marshall is the Valley Falls Lions Club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
"They've been really good supporters of 4-H," Williams said.
At 9 p.m. Tuesday, a cowboy poet, Glen Brunkow of Potawatomie County, will offer a different form of entertainment.
"He's going to provide some original poems about cowboy life," she said. "That should be really fun."
The Leavenworth County Fair, Tuesday to Saturday, will include two nights of sanctioned professional rodeo with bull riding at the fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.
Sy Nyhart, a county extension agent, said this year marks the fair's 75th anniversary, and the theme, Diamond Jubilee 2001, will carry over to the parade at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"We'll also have special exhibits explaining the history and the life of the fair," he said.
Nyhart said the fair will conclude Saturday with 1 p.m. turtle races, 3 p.m. adult tractor-driving contest and the heavily attended demolition derby at 6:30 p.m.
"We feel we have a pretty good fair," he said. "The anniversary will make it a little more special."
For the 94th year, the Vinland Fair, located 10 miles southeast of Lawrence, will offer a variety of activities from Thursday to Aug. 11.
This year's fair will feature a talent show at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, various games such as tug-of-war and sack races that start at noon Friday, and the tractor pull, which attracts over 100 entries from nearby states at 7 p.m. Friday.
One of the highlights of Saturday's events will be the judging and serving of entries in the homemade ice cream contest at 7 p.m.