Vinland Fair Board already planning for summer
When the Vinland Community Fair began in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the one-day fair was one of the social events of the year.
Lines of people stretch down the gravel road at recent year’s fairs while waiting to purchase homemade chicken noodle dinners and anywhere from 1,000 to 1,300 are sold on a Friday night.
While the fair is more than a century old and has evolved over time, honorary board member Nora Cleland said the tradition has remained. What has also remained is the support from the community.
“One of the nice things, I think, about this, it’s very traditional and we have been very careful to keep it traditional,” Cleland said.
While the fair itself is not until August, the annual pancake feed, sponsored by the Vinland Fair Association, took place Saturday. Money made from the pancake feed goes toward the general support of the fair.
“It’s work, there’s no question about it, it is work, but it’s kind of fun and you get to know your neighbors,” Cleland said.
The attendance was not as large as it has been in years past, which Cleland said could have been due to the rain and the fact Kansas State University was playing in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament that night.
The Vinland Fair Board has already begun preparing for the upcoming fair, and met Monday night for its monthly meeting.
“We’re very proud of it as a community and since the school is closing, this is the last community organization that is all community that I know of,” Cleland said.
Advertisements will be sold in the fair book to help pay for the expenses of the fair, and Cleland has been pleased with the involvement of local businesses.
“They have been very good,” Cleland said. “It’s been a little rougher lately, but they have been very good and we have managed very well because we ask for and appreciate community support.”
Cleland said the antique tractor pull, talent show and pet parade are popular events each year and the community needs to and has supported the fair for it to continue to be successful.
“The only reason this fair exists is because of the community and the community support,” Cleland said.