Vinland Fair opens Thursday
The Vinland Fair has been around for a while 93 years, in fact. And it still does what it always has offers plenty of activities, entertainment, food and traditional fair entries.
The 93rd annual Vinland Fair was scheduled a week earlier than in past years, so that it wouldn't coincide with the start of Baldwin schools. It runs Thursday through Saturday at the Vinland fairgrounds, located north of Vinland Elementary School, about five miles north of Baldwin City.
"We have set the fair a week ahead of the traditional third weekend," said Nora Cleland, a board member of the Vinland Fair. "Many of the events are now on Friday, instead of cramming it all in on Saturday."
Just the drive to the fairgrounds is a reminder of the history of the fair and the once thriving town of Vinland. In "town," the Coal Creek Library and other buildings that once served as businesses still stand. The white-washed fair buildings, a stone's skip away, also have a long Vinland history. And this year, a new livestock arena was built near the livestock barn.
"It is going to be great," Cleland said of the livestock shows.
There are new activities each day of the fair. Homemade food is served from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The Kansas Grassroots Art Association, which is based in Vinland, will serve spaghetti on Thursday. Barbecued beef and chicken noodle dinners will be served by Vinland Fair volunteers on Friday. Barbecued beef and pan-fried chicken will be served by Vinland Fair volunteers on Saturday. Homemade fruit pies will be served all three days of the fair.
"It's all home-grown fun," said Cleland of the fair. "People of the community are in charge of the various events, and there is nothing commercial."
Here is a list of fair activities:
The fair comes to life Thursday with an all-day antique tractor show, quilt show and "build a scarecrow" show.
A competition of old-time farm skills, including nail driving and hand saw contests, will begin at 2 p.m.
All fair entries, except livestock, will be accepted from 2-7 p.m. in the exhibition building.
Rabbit and poultry entries must be in place by 6:30 p.m., for the 7 p.m. rabbit show and poultry show.
A talent show begins at 6:30 p.m.
And the Lonesome Hobos Band performs at 8 p.m.
Put running shoes on, Friday is the day of old-fashioned races and games.
The day begins at 9 a.m. with stock bicycle races. Races range from "tyke bikes" for those age 5 and under, to the senior division for those 18-81.
Other races begin at noon, including sack races, tug of war and a softball throw. The races are divided by youth age groups. A hay bale toss for those under 20, and those over 20 will also be held in the afternoon.
The weigh-in for the antique tractor pull runs from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The tractor pull begins at 7 p.m.
Live band music by Witness begins at 8 p.m.
The weekend day of the fair begins with horseshoe pitching at 9 a.m.
Registration for the pet parade and box turtle race how many places do you find one of those? begins at 10 a.m. The events begin at 11 a.m., and the pet parade has categories for cats, dogs, rabbits and most unusual pet, as well as decorated wagons, tricycles and bicycles.
Livestock (beef, dairy, sheep, swine and goats) is also entered on Saturday morning, and all entries must be in place by 11 a.m. in the livestock barn. Livestock judging begins at 1 p.m.
Weigh-in for the pedal tractor pull is at 1 p.m. The pull is at 1:30 p.m.
From 4:30 to 5 p.m., entries are accepted for the lawn and garden tractor driving skills competition. The actual competition gets underway at 5 p.m. There are several age groups, beginning at age 8-10.
Also at 5 p.m., the homemade ice cream freezing begins. The judging of the ice cream is at 7 p.m., and the entries will be served shortly after.
The Shyster Mountain Gang Band will provide entertainment at 8 p.m.