Vinland Fair ready for 102nd run Aug. 13-15
Those looking for free entertainment for adults and children and inexpensive home-cooked food don’t have to look far.
The 102nd annual Vinland Fair on Aug. 13, 14 and 15 at the fairgrounds northeast of Baldwin City offers all of the above. There will be exhibit categories in home economics, flowers, crops and garden products and livestock, as well as categories for 4-H and youth entries. Exhibits for cash prizes will be accepted from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 13, and will be on display until 4 p.m. Aug. 15. Livestock entries will close at 11 a.m. Aug. 15 and will remain in place until the livestock show is completed late that afternoon.
The fair board decided to continue the previous years' entertainment and contest schedule. The Aug. 13 evening is crowded with the rabbit and poultry shows in the livestock barn, and on stage the Baldwin High School Band will perform at 6 p.m., immediately followed by the Talent Show. The Alferd Packer Band of Lawrence will take the stage about 8 p.m.
Friday's evening entertainment features the antique tractor pull beginning at 7 p.m. Mike Eckman, who is in charge of the pull, anticipates around 100 tractors will compete. On stage at 7:30 p.m. the Wood Valley Pickers Band will perform.
Saturday's evening program includes the Lawn and Garden Tractor Driving Skills competition at 5 p.m., the Homemade Ice Cream Making Contest and serving around 7 p.m. and the Witness Band performance at 7:30 p.m.
The daytime entertainment begins with the old-time farm skills competition at 2 p.m. Thursday. The next morning at 10 a.m. the bicycle race competition begins, followed by the foot races, sack races and the ever-popular tug-of-war at noon.
Saturday at 9 a.m. the horseshoe pitching competition begins, followed by the 11 a.m. turtle race and pet parade. Saturday afternoon's entertainment is the 1:30 p.m. pedal tractor pull for youngsters and the watermelon seed-spitting contest for children and adults at 2:30 p.m.
In the food stand, home-made fruit pies will be served throughout the three-day event. The Vinland Parent-Teacher Organization is in charge of the food stand on Thursday and will feature chilidogs with corn bread. On Friday and Saturday the Vinland Fair volunteers will be in charge of the food stand. Friday's menu includes the traditional homemade chicken and noodle dinner. The Vinland F.C.E. makes the noodles. On Saturday the menu features beef brisket dinners.
Proceeds from the food and concession stands benefit the Vinland Fair budget.