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Old favorites, surprises in store at Douglas County Fair

Brittnay George, left, and Kelly Baker of the Vinland Valley 4-H Club show their calves at the dairy show  at a past Douglas County Fair in Lawrence. 4-H members are already involved with the fair which will hit its stride in the coming week.

Brittnay George, left, and Kelly Baker of the Vinland Valley 4-H Club show their calves at the dairy show at a past Douglas County Fair in Lawrence. 4-H members are already involved with the fair which will hit its stride in the coming week.

July 24, 2014

"Fair Fever" will soon be in full swing at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. The 2014 Douglas County Fair opens Saturday, and, in accordance with this year's theme, event organizers are hoping people will "catch the fun."

Margaret Kalb, executive secretary of the fair's board, said visitors can expect a blend of old favorites and new additions to this year's lineup. The fair will run from July 19 to Aug. 2.

"We're hoping to have a big crowd of children and adults," said Kalb, who estimates about 25,000 people attend the fair annually.

She's particularly excited for the July 26 debut of Mowbashers, a twist on the ever-popular Demolition Derby. On that evening in the fairground's outdoor arena, contestants on riding lawn mowers will crash into each other until the last running mower is crowned victorious.

Kalb encourages families to stop by the outdoor arena July 29 for Touch a Truck. The new event will feature a variety of service vehicles and the personnel who work with them, including crews from Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical Department and the Wakarusa Township Fire Department.

"We'll have tow trucks, fire and ambulance trucks — you name it," Kalb said. "The kids can climb on them, sit in them, visit with the guys who operate them and ask them questions about how they work."

The next day, the fair will also host its inaugural Horseshoe Tournament. Anyone is welcome to register for this free competition, which is divided into categories for men, women and juniors. The winner, Kalb said, will have the opportunity to compete at the Kansas State Fair later this summer.

As in previous years, visitors can enjoy the carnival every evening starting July 30 from 6 to 11 p.m. Individual rides cost tickets, but bracelets for unlimited rides will be available July 31 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. and on Aug. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Live music will be on hand every night from July 29 through Aug. 2, Kalb said. Local bands Arnie Johnson & The Midnight Special, The Secrets, SELLOUT and Spin Down are playing this year.

More than anything, Kalb said she's most looking forward to the traditional fair activities. The livestock exhibits, she said, are her favorites.

The 4-H pet show will kick off festivities July 19 at 9 a.m., followed by other critters —horses, hogs, goats and more— throughout the fair.

Aside from the Demolition Derby and Mowbashers, all other events are free, Kalb said. For more information on the 2014 Douglas County Fair, visit www.dgcountyfair.com.

Here is the official schedule of events from the fair's website:

2014 Fair Schedule

Saturday, July 19

9 a.m. 4-H Pet Show, Bldg. 21S

1 p.m. 4-H Dog Show, Bldg. 21N

Monday, July 21

8:30 a.m. 4-H Fashion Revue Judging, Bldg. 21

10 a.m.–4 p.m. 4-H Clothing Consultation Judging, Dreher Building

Tuesday, July 22

7 p.m. 4-H Public Fashion Revue, Bldg. 21

Friday, July 25

7 p.m. Jackpot Barrel Racing Competition, Community Bldg.

Saturday, July 26

7:30 a.m. Superintendent’s Breakfast and Instructions, Deal Six Auditorium

8:30 a.m. Building Set-Up

8–8:45 a.m. 4-H Horse Show Check-in, Community Bldg.

8:50 a.m. 4-H Horse Show Orientation Meeting & Flag Ceremony, Community Bldg.

9 a.m. 4-H Horse Show, Community Bldg.

Noon–12:30 p.m. 4-H Horse Show Check-in for those participating in racing events only

7:30 p.m. Mowbashers Mower Derby, Arena. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. All tickets $5

Sunday, July 27

8:30 a.m. Open Horse Show Check-in, Community Bldg.

9 a.m. Open Horse Show

6 p.m.

Beef Tie-out Set-up, Ball fields

Monday, July 28

8 a.m. Set Up Community Building for Livestock

1–7 p.m. Enter and Consultation Judging on 4-H Visual Arts, Heritage Arts, Crops, Horticulture, Flowers, Foods and Food Preservation, Photography, Project Displays, SpaceTech, Woodworking and Ag Education exhibits. Enter ALL 4-H Clothing Consultation, Constructed Articles, Garments, Outfits, and Educational Exhibits

1–7 p.m. Enter all Open Class non-livestock exhibits (Crops, Fine Arts, Flowers, Foods, Food Preservation, Horticulture and Quilts)

5–7 p.m. Enter and Consultation Judging on all other 4-H exhibits (A Way With Waste, Banners, Cloverbuds, Energy Management, Entomology, Forestry, Geology, Home Environment)

6–9 p.m. Enter Beef, Bucket Calves, Dairy and Market Goats, Llamas, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep and Swine

7 p.m. Judging of Ag Education Exhibits

Tuesday, July 29

6-9 p.m. Exhibition Buildings and Dreher open

7:30–9:30 a.m. Accept president’s pie baking entries, Dreher Building

8 a.m. Judging of Open Class non-livestock exhibits. Building 21 and Dreher Building closed.

8 a.m. Poultry Show, Poultry Barn

8–9:30 a.m. Market Goat and Sheep Weigh-In

10–noon Market Hog Weigh-in

1–2 p.m. Market Beef Weigh-In

6–9 p.m. Food Sale, Building 21

6 p.m. 4-H/Open Dairy Show followed by 4-H/Open Dairy Goat and Meat Show Judging Arena

Meat Goat Show – 4-H/FFA

Showmanship Classes

PeeWee Showmanship

Breeding Meat Doe Goat Classes

Meat Goat Classes

6–8 p.m. Touch a Truck, Rodeo Arena

7–10 p.m. Musical performance by “Arnie Johnson & The Midnight Special”

Wednesday, July 30

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Buildings open to the public

7:30–9:30 a.m. Accept president’s pie baking entries, Dreher Building

8:30 a.m. Llama Show, Judging Arena

9 a.m. Poultry Showmanship Contest, Poultry Barn

1–10 p.m. Petting Zoo, Bldg. 8

4–10 p.m. Pony Rides, Bldg 8

6–7 p.m. Naturally Nutritious Food Festival, Bldg. 21

6–8 p.m. Chef’s Challenge, Grass area south of stage

6-11 p.m. Moore’s Greater Shows Carnival Open

6 p.m. Swine Show in Judging Arena

Showmanship Classes

Pee Wee Showmanship

Breeding Gilts

Market Hog Show

7–10 p.m. Musical performance by The Secrets

7 p.m. Horseshoe Pitching Contest – Registration begins at 6:30 – Rodeo Arena

Thursday, July 31

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Buildings open to the public

7:30–9:30 a.m.

Accept president’s pie baking entries, Dreher Building

8 a.m. Dairy Goat Milking Contest Milk Out

8 a.m. Rabbit Show, Judging Arena

Meat Pen Rabbits

Breeding Classes

Rabbit Showmanship & Judging Contest

Noon Livestock Judging Contest, Judging Arena

2–4 p.m. Consumer, Horticulture and Photography Judging Contest, and Read-A-Thon Bldg 2

1–10 p.m. Petting Zoo, Bldg 8

4–10 p.m. Pony Rides, Bldg 8

6 p.m. Sheep Show – 4-H/FFA/Open in Judging Arena

Showmanship Classes

Pee Wee Showmanship

Open Class Rams

Breeding Ewes – 4-H/FFA/Open Class

Market Lamb Show – 4-H/FFA

6–11 p.m. Family Night Moore’s Greater Shows Carnival

7 p.m. Renegade mini-tractor pulling contest – Rodeo Arena

8 p.m. Dairy goat milking contest milk out

8–10 p.m. Musical performance by Sellout, Black top area

Friday, Aug. 1

BUILDINGS OPEN TO PUBLIC 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

7:30–9:30 a.m. Accept president’s pie baking entries, Dreher Building

8:30 a.m. Bucket calf show followed by PeeWee bucket calf showmanship

Beef show to start at the conclusion of the bucket calf show & PeeWee showmanship

Market Beef

Showmanship

Breeding Beef

1 p.m. Auction cards due at fair board office, Bldg 21S

1–10 p.m. Petting zoo, Bldg 8

4–10 p.m. Pony rides, Bldg 8

6 p.m. Bale throwing contest, black top area; co-sponsored by Douglas County Farm Bureau. Registration 5:30 p.m.

6 p.m.–midnight Moore’s Greater Shows Carnival open

7:30 p.m. Demolition Derby, Rodeo Arena, gates open at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 2

BUILDINGS OPEN TO PUBLIC 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

7:30–9:30 a.m. Accept president’s pie baking entries, Dreher Building

9 a.m. Round Robin Showmanship Classic final

9 a.m. Turtle race, stage area on blacktop

10:30 a.m. Pedal tractor pull, co-sponsored by Douglas County Farm Bureau, black top area. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m.

10 a.m.–10 p.m. Petting zoo and pony rides, Bldg 8

11 a.m. Barnyard Olympics, Old Judging Arena

1–5 p.m. Family Day, Moore’s Greater Shows carnival

1–2 p.m. Release all non-sale beef & bucket calves

4 p.m. Antique tractor pull, Rodeo Arena

5 p.m. State Fair entries due in extension office

5 p.m. Awards Ceremony, black top area in front of stage

5–11 p.m. Moore’s Greater Shows carnival open

6:30 p.m. 4-H Livestock auction, Community Bldg

7–10 p.m. Musical performance by Spin Down

Sunday, Aug. 3

8–10 a.m. Release all exhibits

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