The 86th Sumner County Fair will be held in Caldwell on Aug. 2-4 (Friday through Sunday), so mark your calendars now and plan to attend this jam-packed, fun-filled three-day county showcase.
Two pre-fair events will be held this year. On Friday, July 26, the Figure 8 Points Race will be held at the Fair Race Arena beginning at 8 p.m. Then on Saturday, July 27, the annual Demolition Derby will be held at the race arena beginning at 7 p.m. People attending both events will receive a discount in admission price at the derby.
Livestock may be placed in assigned pens in the barn all day on Thursday, Aug. 1; however, no livestock superintendents will be on duty that day. The buildings will be open from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening for the entering of open class exhibits.
Friday, Aug. 2 from 8 to noon will be filled with 4-Hers entering their projects and attending consultative judging. Livestock will be officially entered from 7 to 10:30 a.m., following the schedule of swine from 7 to 9:30 a.m., sheep and goats from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. and beef from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Junior and open class exhibits can be entered from 8 a.m. to noon, and judging of those exhibits will be done from 1 to 5 p.m. Be sure to enter the special department contests and the most exhibits contest.
The all-species pee-wee livestock show will be held on Aug. 2 beginning at noon. For more information about this event, contact the Sumner County extension office. Following the pee-wee show will be the Old Timers Show, followed by the Bucket Calf Show. The Beef Show will be held at 3:30 p.m.
The Czech Kitchen and beer garden will open at 5 p.m. that evening. Fair-goers can eat before viewing all the exhibits and prior to attending the 4-H Style Revue at 7 p.m. The style revue will be held in the community building. At 8 p.m. will be the Grand Opening of the 85th Sumner County Fair and the local talent show, Friday Night Fever, under the direction of Suzie Yunker. Sumner County Farm Bureau will be on hand to give Fair patrons free ice cream bars before the stage show begins.
Great Plains Amusements will be running from 7 to 11 p.m. Immediately following the stage show, Family Karaoke will be held on the outside stage. Bingo numbers will be called from 9 to 11 p.m. in the fair building.
Saturday, Aug. 3, has been designated Czech Day and will be full of activities for everyone to enjoy. Three livestock shows will be held that day. The swine show is at 8 a.m, while the Shepherd’s Lead Contest will be at 11 a.m., followed by the sheep show at 1 p.m. The goat show will be at 2 p.m.
A new addition this year will be the rabbit, poultry and hand pet show, which will begin at noon. Also on Saturday, Aug. 3 will be the Antique Tractor Show at 10 a.m. on East First Street. The Kolache Kitchen will open at 9 a.m., and the Czech Kitchen and beer garden will open at 10 a.m. The Antique Tractor Pull will be held at 1:30 p.m.
A major change in the fair program this year will be that the Kiddie Parade, will be held prior to the Grand Parade on Aug. 3. Kids need to line up just north of the Radio Shack building at 5:30 p.m., and the parade will begin at 5:45 p.m. The theme will be Fair Fever – Catch It. Prior to the start of the Kiddie Parade, there will be a drawing for 10 carnival arm bands for the kids.
Be thinking of a float to build to follow the fair theme, Fair Fever – Catch It, and enter your float in the Grand Parade, which will start down Main Street at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Great Plains Amusements will again be running from 7 to 11 p.m. The annual sponsored concert featuring The Prairie Rose Rangers from Wichita will open at 8 p.m. on the outside stage.
Prior to the opening of the concert, the Grand Marshals of the 85th Sumner County Fair, the Robert Ewing Family, will be honored. Again, bingo numbers will be called from 10 p.m. until midnight.
Plan to get up early Sunday morning, Aug. 4, and put on your running shoes and enter the Border Queen Run. Starting time is 7 a.m. After the run, head over to the fairgrounds and attend the Sumner County Fair Country Church. Services will begin at 10 a.m. and will be held in the community building.
The annual horse show will be held at the Harrison Arena on north Chisholm Street beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 4; registration opens at 7:30 a.m. The Round Robin Showmanship Contest will begin at 2 p.m. in the livestock barn. The popular Baked Pie Contest will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Entries may be made in the fair building beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The second major change for the 2013 is that Kid’s Day activities will be held on Sunday, Aug. 4 and will be held on the carnival lot on Chisholm Street. The petting zoo will be open from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., the popular sand pile dig will be held with over $200 in coins in the sand for kids to search for and find. Also at time there will be kid’s prize drawings. At 2 p.m., the Kid’s Tractor Pull will be held on Chisholm Street; kids must have a fair button in order to pull.
At 4:30 p.m. that afternoon, livestock exhibitors and buyers will enjoy a barbeque supper preceding the annual junior livestock auction. The auction will begin at 6 p.m. and will be a video auction held in the community building. Included in the auction this year will be the 4-H cookie jars, the entries from the baked pie contest, and the grand and reserve junior division baked goods.
The fair would not be complete without the fair buttons. There will be 500 buttons available this year. Wearing a fair button will entitle one to be eligible for five grand prizes of $100 each and reduced gate admissions at the demolition derby and figure 8 race. Be sure to register your button number at the figure 8 race, demolition derby, and Friday night program for the two $25 cash prizes give at those events.
Kids will also need a button to participate in the kiddie tractor pull. The Fair Medallion hunt will also be a fair event with the first clue being posted in the fair building at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2. Finder will receive a $100 prize; buttons do no have to be registered for the medallion search this year.
Exhibits will be released at 3:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The fair will officially close at the end of the livestock auction on Sunday evening. See you at Fair Fever – Catch It, the 86th annual Sumner County Fair.