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Leavenworth County Fair moves parade forward 1 day

August 10, 2008

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For the 82nd year, fair time is around the corner in Tonganoxie.

The Leavenworth County Fair begins Tuesday, with the traditional parade in downtown Tonganoxie.

In past years, the parade has been on Wednesday nights, but events were moved up a day to accommodate the mud run on Friday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

Proceeds from the event will be used to upgrade the fairgrounds, which are along Kansas Highway 16 in Tonganoxie.

In the mud run, hot rod trucks with large tires will drive through a pit of mud 150 feet long.

Water fills the dirt pit to make for a "slurry, muddy consistency," said fair board president David Todd.

"They race through that against the clock to see how fast they can get through it," he said. "Some guys can't get all the way through."

Other events highlighting the fair are a draft horse pull after the parade Tuesday, a rodeo Wednesday and Thursday, and a demolition derby Saturday.

Local music talent will perform on various nights, while a talent show is also planned.

Of course, no fair would be complete without livestock and other 4-H exhibits, an array of booths, food stands and a carnival.

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