Vinland Community Fair starts Thursday
For the 106th year, the Vinland community is gearing up for its annual three-day fair at the fairgrounds northeast of Baldwin City. The event is scheduled for Aug 8, 9 and 10.
The schedule is largely unchanged from previous years, and the events remain typical of old-fashioned country fairs, complete with exhibits, band music, competitions for young and old, an antique tractor pull and home-cooked meals and fruit pies in the food stand. There is no carnival nor commercial booths are allowed on the fairgrounds. Admission and parking is free.
Thursday’s program highlights are in the afternoon and evening, beginning with the horseshoe pitching training for all ages and the old-time and modern farm skills at 2 p.m. Nail driving, log sawing with hand saws and corn-shelling draw youngsters who have never seen the old-fashioned methods.
The rabbit and poultry shows are in the early evening at 6:30 p.m. in the livestock barn. The 6 p.m. talent show on the stage requires entrants to register in advance by 2 p. m. Thursday with Matt Kirby at 785-594-3849.
Musical shows will complete the evening entertainment. The Baldwin High School Band will present a program at 7 p.m. and the Alferd Packer Memorial String Band will play at about 7:30 p.m.
Friday’s schedule begins with the 10 a.m. stock bicycle races for all ages, the sack races, foot races and softball throw contests, which will draw crowds of youngsters from the area. The concluding event is the tug of war contests for both boys and girls.
Beginning in the afternoon, tractors will begin to arrive for the antique tractor pull scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Nearly 100 tractors from throughout northeast Kansas are expected to participate.
While the tractors are roaring in the arena, Walt Babbitt and The Roots of Country Band will be playing on the stage.
Saturday’s crowded schedule opens with the 9 a.m. horseshoe pitching contest, followed by the 11 a.m. box turtle race and the pet parade with its 15 categories ranging from best decorated tricycle to most unusual pet.
In the afternoon at 1 p.m. the livestock judging begins for dairy and beef cattle, swine and goats.
At 2 p.m. there’s the pedal tractor pull for youngsters, and at 3 p.m. the watermelon seed-spitting contest for all ages.
The Saturday evening entertainment begins with the hilarious 5 p.m. lawn and garden tractor driving skills competition and the homemade ice cream contest. Visitors will conclude the evening by eating the homemade ice cream from the competition while listening to the Blue Stem Band.
Exhibits in the Exhibition Building will be received between 4 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, and include those in the farm, canning, baking, sewing and crafts, flowers and 4-H and youth departments. Exhibits are to be picked up between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10. The Exhibition Building is on the National Registry of Historic Places, having been constructed in 1927 by volunteers in the Vinland community.
The fair is largely supported by profits from the food and concession stands, which are operated entirely by volunteers from the community.