Fairs in region gearing up for activities

Wanting to hit the fairs in our region? Here’s a guide:

Shawnee County Fair



This fair kicked off with horse shows Saturday and Sunday, but the main portion begins today with sheep and goat shows, as well as a bake sale, swing band entertainment and the announcement of this year’s 4-H king and queen. King’s miniature pony rides will be available today through Saturday. Miniature trains, meanwhile, will be on display today through Sunday. Other highlights include a rodeo, Bart Plasterson Gang Western re-enactment and a free concert Friday, tractor pulls Saturday and Sunday and a youth rodeo Saturday.

The fair is at the Kansas Expocentre, 17th Street and Topeka Boulevard, in Topeka.

Wyandotte County Fair

Tuesday-July 31


This fair formerly took place at its fairgrounds in Kansas City, Kan., but the land was sold to make room for Schlitterbahn Waterpark. A permanent location hasn’t been finalized. This year’s fair will be at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds, 22618 McLouth Road in Tonganoxie. It will be a 4-H livestock/exhibit event to allow Wyandotte County 4-H’ers to qualify for the Kansas State Fair.

Johnson County Fair

Aug. 3-8


This year’s theme, Dancing with the Steers, features various steer-themed contests and games at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, 136 E. Washington St. in Gardner.

The Johnson County 4-H rodeo queen and princess coronation will be at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 3, with the open youth rodeo to follow.

A stick horse race, egg gathering and more are part of Family Fun Night, starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 4. After those activities, mutton busting, a greased pig contest and calf scramble will start at 8 p.m.

Other events: best pie contest and the bull blast and barrel racing, Aug. 7; and a parade, demolition derby and chain-saw art auction, Aug. 8.

Leavenworth County Fair

Aug. 11-15


The 83rd annual Leavenworth County Fair opens Aug. 11 at the fairgrounds, 22618 McLouth Road in Tonganoxie.

The annual Leavenworth County Fair Parade through downtown Tonganoxie highlights activities on the first day, as well as a draft horse pull.

On Aug. 12, a talent show and rodeo are the main events, while the rodeo again is featured Aug. 13, as is a free concert, courtesy of Annie’s Country Jubilee.

Senior citizens can take in activities especially geared to them from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 14. A 4-H livestock auction is set for 6:30 p.m., Stompers 4×4 Mud Run at 7:15 p.m. and an Artie Johnson free concert at 8 p.m.

On Aug. 15, turtle races start at 1 p.m., kids’ tractor pull at 2 p.m., and a youth dance and demolition derby, both starting at 6:30 p.m.

A carnival will run from 6 to 10 p.m. daily.

Jefferson County Fair

Aug. 2-6

The theme for the 61st annual parade: Today’s Youth Tomorrow’s Future. It will start at 7 p.m. on Mary Street in Valley Falls.

The Lions Club will have bingo in the evening Aug. 5 and 6. Entertainment Dance Company will perform at 6 p.m. Aug. 5; a dance by Dr. Tunes will run from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 6. For more information, call (800) 896-3198.

Vinland Fair

Aug. 13-15

The 102nd Vinland Fair is at the Vinland Fairgrounds northeast of Baldwin City. It is among the longest-running fairs in the state. There is no carnival, only family fun and homemade food galore, including pie that’s to die for. Events: a talent show Aug. 13, tractor pull Aug. 14 and many events on Aug. 15, such as the pet parade, homemade ice cream contest and a watermelon seed-spitting contest.