Archive for Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Work days schedules for Vinland Fair

July 31, 2002

Vinland Community Fair, granddaddy of area fairs, is set for its 95th run on Aug. 8, 9 and 10 at the fairgrounds, located north of the Vinland Elementary School.

An old-fashioned country fair, complete with agricultural and home economics exhibits, home-made contests, live music and an antique tractor pull, the event is operated entirely by community volunteers.

The fair board has scheduled two work days for volunteers to help prepare the fairgrounds and buildings for the fair. The first work day begins at 9 a.m. Saturday. The second is primarily for the

set up of the exhibit areas in the main exhibit building and is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Since the fair's founding by the Vinland Grange in a pasture near Vinland in late September 1907, the principle of home-made local entertainment with no carnivals nor commercial exhibits has been followed. Throughout the fair's history, the aim has been to

bring the community together for a fall harvest festival and reunion.

On Thursday, Aug. 8, the first day of the fair, exhibits will be received in the departments for flowers, farm products, canning, baking, sewing and crafts and 4-H and youth from 2 to 7 p.m. During the evening, the rabbit and poultry shows will be held in

the livestock barn with entries in place by 6:30 p.m. and judging at 7 p.m.

The stage entertainment on Thursday includes the talent show, directed by Matt Kirby of Baldwin, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a performance of the Lonesome Hobos Band at 8 p.m.

Friday's event schedule feature the stock bicycle races at 9 a.m. followed by the foot races, sack races and tug of war at noon. In the afternoon, the antique tractor pull weigh-ins are scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with pulling action beginning at 7 p.m. More than 100 tractors manufactured before 1958 from several states annually compete for honors.

The Friday night stage program is a 7:30 p.m. concert by the Shyster Mountain Gang Band of Topeka.

Saturday's event calendar is crowded with events for young and old, beginning with the horseshoe pitching contest at 9 a.m. By 11 a.m. all entries in the beef, dairy, sheep, swine and goat departments will be in place with judging scheduled to begin at 1


The youngsters will be busy with the box turtle race and pet parade at 11 a.m and the peddle tractor pull at 1 p.m. Late in the afternoon at 5 p.m. spectators can enjoy the lawn and garden tractor driving skills competition.

The fair will close out Saturday evening with the 7 p.m. judging and serving of the homemade ice cream contest entries and a 7:30 p.m. concert by the Calhoun County Band.

Homemade food will be served all three days with the Vinland P.T.O. in charge on Thursday and the fair board and other community volunteers serving on Friday and Saturday.

The Vinland Fair Board members are: president, Mike and Julie Craig; vice president, Allen and Karla Osborn; secretary, Jerry and Jean Moore; treasurer, Bill and Mary Gensler, and members, Mike and Autumn Eckman, Mark and Sherri Brown, Joe and Laurie Hoelscher, Larry and Eloise Craig and Miles and Nora Cleland.

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