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S edgwick C ount y F air - C ontac t I nformation Activity............................................................ Chairperson Parade..................................................................... Carla Ewy, 316-772-1325 Publicity & Promotions......................................Marti Johnson, 316-794-2422 Softball Tournament.......................................... Brent Peintner, 316-542-0010 Office Manager.................................................. Kelly Schmidt, 316-542-0557 Commercial Booths.............................................. Alyson Voth, 316-540-6026 Food Booths......................................................Holley Rohloff, 316-542-0559 Pedal Pull..................................................... Marcia Kampling, 316-540-6145 Entertainment....................................................... Liz Johnson, 316-773-4481 Farm Bureau Day..................................................Gayle Ross, 316-773-9851 Monster Truck Show....................... Bret Albers 316-761-1418, 316-542-0405 Neal McCoy Concert...................... Bret Albers 316-761-1418, 316-542-0405 Demolition Derby............................ Bret Albers 316-761-1418, 316-542-0405 Fair’s Got Talent...................................................... Carla Ewy, 316-772-1325 Information Booth..............................................Britni Coggins, 316-217-6064 Washer Tournament............... Craig Albers or Kenneth Albers, 316-540-3151 Barbeque Cook-off............................................. Nate Grusing, 316-650-5029 3-on-3 Basketball................................................. Rod Scheer, 316-461-3451 Sedgwick County Fair Guide...............................Paul Rhodes, 316-540-0500 Run To Cheney................................................. Rich Simmons, 316-772-8869

Sedgwick County Fair Association Board Officers Bret Albers, President (Morton) Marti Johnson, Vice President (Afton) Amy Meyer, Secretary (Morton) Steve Gegen, Treasurer (Morton) Board Members/Townships Thomas Baalman (Waco) Shelley Colborn (Illinois) Lynanne DeGarmo (Grant) Jay Frey (Minneha) Chad Hommertzheim (Sherman) Gary Michaud (Greeley) Peter Martin (Sherman) Tom Northcutt (Morton) Keith Pauly (Viola) Andy Riggs (Morton) Greg Rosenhagen (Morton) Doug Scheer (Garden Plain) Jackie Turner (Morton) Alyson Voth (Morton) Waylan Wade (Kechi)

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It’s good to #stillbegoingtothefair The hashtag theme is back at the Sedgwick County Fair. Last year’s theme was “#EPICFAIR,” and it was epic. This year’s theme, “I’m #stillgoingtothefair” conjures up images of today’s socially connected world while tapping into the nostalgia that still lies in the DNA of the county fair. Of course, I’ll be at the Fair because of Times-Sentinel Newspapers’ involvement with the proceedings, but I’d be going no matter what. There’s just something so…America…about the Fair. To help celebrate the history and ongoing charm of the fair, our Kallie Lampe – herself a veteran of the Fair through years in 4-H – talked to several folks who have been coming to the Fair for many years. We hope you’ll enjoy this visit with people who have been going to the Fair for years and are still going. One of the best reasons to go this year is the headliner, country music star Neal McCoy. He burst onto the country music

Travis Mounts Managing Editor Times-Sentinel Newspapers, LLC scene in the mid-1990s with a string of hits, and saw his career get a boost again a few years ago with “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On,” a song that was made for country music in the heartland. I had the chance to see Neal McCoy live at The Cotillion a few years ago, and

the show was outstanding. In addition to his country music hits, Neal performed covers of a number of 1980s and 1990s hits, many of them rock songs and pop songs. He performs songs to appeal to many musical tastes, and his energy and stage presence are infectious. If you don’t have fun at Neal’s concert, then you are deliberately trying to not have fun. This show will be a blast. Adam Capps Band returns, this time to serve as McCoy’s opening act. Neal’s show comes with my personal recommendation. Many favorites are back this year. The Sedgwick County Fair’s Got Talent contest returns. There are a lot of young performers in this year’s lineup once again, but last year’s contestants proved that talent does not know age limits. The Demolition Derby is another crowd favorite, annually filling up all the seats at the Fairgrounds Arena. If you’ve never been, open your mind to the

simple, pure pleasure of roaring engines and violent crashes. If that’s not enough to get your motor purring, the Monster Truck Show returns for a second year. For many people, the food is their favorite part of the Sedgwick County Fair. As we celebrate the idea of coming back to the Fair year after year, diners can continue the tradition of visiting the two oldest food booths at the Fair, Trinity United Christian Church and Cheney United Methodist Church. At one time, these two booths were the only food options at the fair. Now the lineup includes D’Mario’s Pizza, Cheney Recreation Commission, D&J Pronto Pup, Delano 4-H Club, Ossman Concessions, Aussie Cakes, and Steckline Steak and Chop Shop. Check out the schedule on Pages 5-6, and thumb through this year’s Fair guide for more information. You can find my ABCs of the Sedgwick County Fair on Page 8. We’ll see you at the Fair!

“Thank You”

from the Sedgwick County Fair Association

A special “Thank You” to the following people and businesses who helped make this year’s entertainment and resources possible:

The City of Cheney Staff and Maintenance Cheney Fire Department and Police Cheney Area Chamber of Commerce Cheney Recreation Commission Sedgwick County Farm Bureau Sedgwick County Rural Electric Cooperative Sedgwick County Extension Service Sedgwick County Commissioners Farmers Cooperative Elevator PrairieLand Partners McLaughlin Equipment B Noll Insurance

KZSN 102.1 Young Construction The Citizens State Bank Pride of Texas Carnival Cherry Oaks Golf Club West Wichita Family Optometrists KAPS KFBZ The Buzz 105.3 Cheney Pharmacy House of Schwan KEYN 103.7 Redguard

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8:15 a.m...................................................4-H Horse Show (Fairgrounds Arena)

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12-1 p.m................................... Early vet check-in for sheep and meat goats

8 a.m............................................................................4-H Exhibit Buildings Open

5-9 p.m.................... 4-H Judging (Food Prep, Food Preservation, Clothing, Arts & Crafts)

8 a.m.................................................4-H Dairy Goat Show (Livestock Pavilion)

5 p.m...........................................................Commercial and food booths open 5:30 p.m..............................................Check in exhibits - 4-H and Open Class

8-10 a.m..............................................................................................Dairy check-in 8:30 a.m............................................................................. Judging of 4-H Exhibits 9 a.m..................................................Farm Bureau breakfast for 4-H members

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10 a.m............................................. Exhibits in place and no longer accepted

6-8 p.m........................................Vet check-in for 4-H sheep and meat goats

10 a.m...............................................Commercial and Exhibit Buildings Open

6-9 p.m...................................................4-H Bake Sale (Farm Bureau Building) 6-10 p.m............................................................ Citizens State Bank Petting Zoo

10:30 a.m.......................................4-H Bucket Calf Show (Livestock Pavilion) 11 a.m...................4-H Beef Cattle Show and Showmanship (Livestock Pavilion) 2:30 p.m........................Meat Goat and Showmanship (Livestock Pavilion)

6:30 p.m.................................................................................. Parade (Main Street)

3 p.m......................Sheep Clipping Demonstration (Livestock Barn Lawn)

7 p.m................................................................ Home Run Derby (Softball Field)

3 p.m................................4-H Horticulture Judging (Farm Bureau Building)

7:30 p.m................................................ 4-H Market Steer and Swine Check-In

3 p.m......................... 4-H Photography Judging (4-H Centennial Building)

8 p.m...........................................Shawn Reida Magic Show (Open Air Arena) 8 p.m................................ Crossfit Workout Competition (Basketball Court)

4-10 p.m............................................................ Citizens State Bank Petting Zoo 4 p.m............... Dairy Goat Milking Demonstration (Livestock Barn Lawn) 5 p.m......................... Dairy Cow Milking Demonstration (Dairy/Beef Barn)

8:30 p.m.................................................. 4-H Meat Goats and Sheep Weigh-In

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9 p.m................................................. Commercial and Exhibit Buildings Close

6-11 p.m.............................................................................. Pride of Texas Carnival

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6:30 p.m.......................... Crossfit Workout Competition (Basketball Court) 7 p.m................................... MTRL Monster Truck Show (Fairgrounds Arena) Gates open at 5 p.m. 7 p.m........................................................... Fair’s Got Talent (Open Area Arena)

Last-minute schedule changes will be announced on the fairgrounds. Also follow the Sedgwick County Fair website at www.ourcountyfair.com, the Twitter feed @OurCountyFair and on the Fair’s Facebook page for schedule changes and weather announcements.

7 p.m.................. 4-H Swine Show and Showmanship (Livestock Pavilion) 7 p.m............................................. Pitch-Hit-Run Competition (Softball Field) 8:30 p.m...............................................Soapbox Troubadors (Open Air Arena) 9 p.m................................................. Commercial and Exhibit Buildings Close 9:30 p.m.....................................................................4-H Exhibit Buildings Close


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Fair & 4-H Schedule

Friday, July 8 100.5 Hank FM/KAKE TV Day 8 a.m...........................Sheep Show and Showmanship (Livestock Pavilion) 8 a.m............................................................................4-H Exhibit Buildings Open 8 a.m.......................................Farm Bureau Booth Opens/Free Water Testing

Saturday, July 9 KDGS Power 93.5 FM / KEYN Classic Hits 103.7 FM KFBZ The Buzz 105.3 FM Day 6:30 a.m.......... 8-mile Run to Cheney (start at Garden Plain High School) 7:30 a.m............................................5K Run to Cheney (Main Street, Cheney) 8 a.m.............................................. 4-H Dog Show (Extension Center, Wichita)

9 a.m.....................................................................4-H Exhibit Judging Continues

8:30 a.m.................................... 1-mile Run to Cheney (Main Street, Cheney)

10 a.m...............................................Commercial and Exhibit Buildings Open

8:30 a.m.............................BBQ Cook-off Check-in (Behind Open Air Stage)

10:30 a.m...............4-H Dairy Cattle Show and Showmanship (Livestock Pavilion)

9 a.m............................................................................4-H Exhibit Buildings Open

1 p.m............... 4-H Talks and Demonstration Judging (Farm Bureau Building)

9 a.m.............................................................................. Registration for Pedal Pull

4-10 p.m............................................................ Citizens State Bank Petting Zoo 6-11 p.m.............................................................................. Pride of Texas Carnival 6:30 p.m..............4-H Shepherd’s Lead Fashion Show (Livestock Pavilion)

9 a.m.......................................................... 3-on-3 Basketball (Basketball Court) 10 a.m...............................................Commercial and Exhibit Buildings Open 10 a.m..........................................Sedgwick County Electric Co-op Pedal Pull 10 a.m.............................4-H Skill-A-Thon Competition (Livestock Pavilion)

7 p.m................................................................................... BBQ Cook-off Check-in

12-10 p.m......................................................... Citizens State Bank Petting Zoo

7:30 p.m..........................Youth Bubble Soccer Tournament (Softball Field)

2 p.m....................................................Washer Tournament (Basketball Court)

7:30 p.m...........................................................4-H Round Robin Showmanship

4 p.m......................................People’s Choice Tasting Amateur BBQ Contest

8 p.m................................................................ Neal McCoy (Fairgrounds Arena)

(Behind Open Air Stage)

Presented by Lubbers Chevrolet and 100.5 Hank FM Gates open at 6 p.m. 8 p.m.............................................................. 90 Proof Project (Open Air Arena) 9 p.m................................................. Commercial and Exhibit Buildings Close 9:30 p.m.....................................................................4-H Exhibit Buildings Close

5:30 p.m................................ 4-H Livestock BBQ Dinner (Livestock Pavilion) 6-11 p.m.............................................................................. Pride of Texas Carnival 6:30 p.m........................................4-H Livestock Auction (Livestock Pavilion) 7 p.m.................................................... Demolition Derby (Fairgrounds Arena) Gates open at 5 p.m. 7:30 p.m.........................................................Fair’s Got Talent (Open Air Arena) 7:30 p.m.......................... Adult Bubble Soccer Tournament (Softball Field)

Last-minute schedule changes will be announced on the fairgrounds. Also follow the Sedgwick County Fair website at www.ourcountyfair.com, the Twitter feed @OurCountyFair and on the Fair’s Facebook page for schedule changes and weather announcements.

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The ABCs of the Sedgwick County Fair There are lots of things to see and hear and eat and drink and do at the Sedgwick County Fair. Here are the ABCs of this year’s edition.

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A – Animals. Lots of animals. It wouldn’t be a fair without them! Check out the 4-H animal exhibits – but please, look only. (Skip to “Z” to learn about animals you can touch.)

K – Kids. The fair is a great place to bring your young ‘uns, with rides and farm animals and so much more. If this is your child’s first time to visit the Fair, be sure to bring a camera.

B – Basketball. The annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament will take place on Saturday morning. There’s still time to enter!

L – Lemonade. On a hot summer day at the Fair, there’s nothing better than a cold regular or cherry lemonade.

C – Carnival. Enjoy rides on Thurs-

day, Friday and Saturday night, including Times-Sentinel Newspapers’ Discount Night on Thursday, July 7.

D – Demolition derby. A highlight of the fair, the annual demolition derby is for anybody who likes loud engines, car crashes and adrenaline. E – Eat. There are so many opportunities to eat at the fairgrounds, including breakfast. If you go home hungry, it’s your own fault. You can find the list of food vendors in this year’s Sedgwick County Fair Guide. F – Funnel cakes. What more needs

to be said?

G – Getting together. For many folks,

the Sedgwick County Fair is a chance to meet with friends they don’t see at any other time of the year. Riding the rides together, going to a concert, having lunch or dinner with somebody – the Fair is a great time to get together.

H – Haywired. Catch this band Saturday at 9 p.m. at the Open Air Arena. I – Internet. You can stay connected to the Sedgwick County Fair online at www.ourcountyfair.com. For internet on the go, “like” the Fair on Facebook under “Sedgwick County Fair,” follow the Fair on Twitter (@ourcountyfair), and check out the Fair on Instagram at “OurCountyFair.” J – Judges. The numerous 4-H and

M – Monster trucks. The monster truck show is back for a second year. Make plans to attend on Thursday night. N – Neal McCoy. The country music star is this year’s headliner. The show will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 8, at the Fairgrounds Arena. O – Open Air Stage. Located in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, the Open Air Stage is the site of lots of free entertainment. This year’s lineup includes bands, a magic show and the annual Sedgwick County Fair’s Got Talent. P – Parade. One of the highlights of the fair, the Sedgwick County Fair Parade will again serve as the kick-off event for this year’s Fair on Wednesday evening. Bring your lawn chairs and big bag for collecting candy. Q – Quilts. Some of the best artwork produced in this area can be seen in the quilts on display in the domestic arts building. R – Run to Cheney. Last year, this event added an actual run to Cheney – an 8-mile race from Garden Plain to the Fairgrounds on Main Street in Cheney. S – Street dance. The final event of the fair each year is the street dance, held in the Open Air Arena on Saturday night. T – Talent. The annual Sedgwick County Fair’s Got Talent competition will showcase singers, musicians, dancers

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and more with shows on Thursday and Saturday nights.

U – Underappreciated. That word describes the many volunteers who make the Fair happen. It’s often hard to see what they do, because they do it so well. Thanks to all of this year’s volunteers! V – Vegetables. Things that grow are

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always a part of the Fair, and you can see some of the best veggies in the area on display in both the 4-H building and in the open class competition in the fine arts/domestic arts building.

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W – Washers. The annual washer tournament will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the basketball court. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. Organizers ask that participants arrive well before 2 p.m. to register; that will allow the tournament to start on time.

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X – (All right, we don’t have an “X”

word. In our defense, most ABC lists don’t have a real “X” word, anyway. They just use an “EX” word and drop the “E”.)

Y – Year after year. The Fair is a tradition that’s been going on for more than seven decades, and the more things change, the more they stay the same. That’s why we’re #stillgoingtothefair. Z – Zoo, as in petting zoo. Meyer

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M – Music. This year’s lineup in-

cludes the Adam Capps Band, Soapbox Troubadors, 90 Proof Project, Haywired, Sedgwick County Fair’s Got Talent, and of course…Neal McCoy!

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Neal McCoy to bring fun, spontaneity to the Fair B y T r av i s M o u n t s Neal McCoy is a bona fide country music star. Ten studio albums, 34 country music singles and back-to-back No. 1 singles (“No Doubt About It” and “Wink”) prove that. But you are liable to hear just about anything during his live show. “I don’t have a set list. It’s truly off the cuff, spontaneous stuff. It’s like coming to a friend’s house, just playing music. We just read the room and see what y’all want to hear,” he said during a phone interview from his tour bus somewhere outside of Oshkosh, Wis. “It stays fresh. We want you to walk away and say, ‘That’s about the most fun we’ve had.’” McCoy and his band will be sharing that fun at the Sedgwick County Fair. McCoy is this year’s headline act and will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 8, presented by Lubbers Chevrolet and 100.5 Hank FM. The Adam Capps Band will open the show. McCoy’s recent shows have included covers of “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson and a metal version of Sam Hunt’s “House Party.” You may also hear covers of classic country songs, and expect McCoy to play many of his own hits, including “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On.” His latest album is “You Don’t Know Me,” a collection of songs from what is known as the Great American Songbook. It’s a change of pace from his other albums but well within his broad range and personal musical tastes.

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“I’m an old soul,” McCoy said about for the trip to Kansas, which includes his love of standards from the 1940s and a concert in De Soto the night after 1950s. McCoy plays the Fair. His wife, Melinda, “As I get older, I listen to it more. frequently travels with McCoy. They’ve And talk radio. I enjoy listening to the been married since 1981. Their children, crazies.” Miki and Swayde, are adults now but will Fairgoers might hear a song from be coming along, as will McCoy’s two Frank Sinatra or grandchildren. Nat King Cole that “They come out McCoy recorded in the summer,” for the new album. McCoy said of his Entertainer of the year, 1998 “If the mood is kids. “We’ve always and 1999, TNN/Music City right, we’ll throw brought them, for in a song or two. at least a week.” News Country Awards … My mother sang A lot of folks are Video of the Year – “Then You those songs to me tuning into McCoy Can Tell Me Goodbye” when I was a kid, these days, not ‘Kiss me once, kiss for his music but 1997 TNN/Music City News me twice and kiss for the Pledge of Country Awards me once again,’” Allegiance. Every McCoy said, singing day, McCoy says the ACM/Home Depot a popular line from Pledge of AlleHumanitarian Award, 2005 the 1945 hit “It’s giance on his Face3 platinum albums, 1 gold Been a Long, Long book page. Somealbum Time.” times it’s streamed He said doing an live, sometimes 10 studio albums, 34 country album of classic he features other radio singles, 7 Top 10 hits American standards performers such as has been a bucket Charley Pride and Back-to-back No. 1 hits, “No list item of his for Jake Owen. Doubt About It,” “Wink” his entire life. He McCoy said he #stillgoingtothefair said the lyrics then, tries to post the during and after pledge as close as World War II, had a lot of meaning. possible to 7:30 a.m. Central time. That Songs were about love, loss and reunion. time can vary a little bit depending on The album is available for sale right now his schedule, especially if he’s on the only at his website, www.nealmccoy.com. It West Coast. When it’s 7:30 a.m. here, it’s will be released nationally on July 15. 5:30 a.m. there. County fairs have always been a big “We have a lot of people who enjoy part of McCoy’s tour schedule, and he it every morning,” McCoy said. “No sang the praises of this American instimatter what side of the political fence tution. you’re on, we can all say the Pledge of “I love county fairs. I love the family. Allegiance and love America.” I love everything about them. I love the He’s averaging 100,000 views a day. volunteers, many of whom take their Roughly 12 million people have logged vacations so they can volunteer. I love on since he started posting the pledge what county fairs stand for,” he said. daily six months ago. “It’s all-American stuff.” The effort is not a gimmick. McCoy, County fairs may not provide the same the son of an Italian-American father luxuries stars are used to at other venues. and Filipino mother, is truly proud of McCoy said the sound is sometimes a his country. challenge. Some nights they’ll play on a “As children, my mother taught us to big stage, and on other nights the stage never take for granted the freedoms we isn’t much more than a flatbed trailer. have here,” he said, noting that as his None of that matters, though. mother grew up, Filipinos spent much “I’d rather play a county fair than any- of their lives living under a dictatorship. thing else,” he said. “If you don’t say it anymore, come over His own family is planning to tag along and join me. You’ll feel better,” he said.

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The demo derby tradition is here to stay

#stillcrashing By Kallie Lampe Engines roaring and parts flying are both ingredients needed to make a good demolition derby. It’s become a tradition for the Sedgwick County Fair, and one that isn’t being broken this year. The demolition derby will be appearing again this year on Saturday night. This year’s demolition derby will have some changes. This year Brandon Lowe with Old Skool Productions will be managing the event. “The guy who was doing it, his schedule wouldn’t allow him to do it this year,” said Bret Albers, Sedgwick County Fair Board president. Albers mentioned that the two companies were familiar and had worked together before. Old Skool Productions started in 2014. Last year it had performances at the Cowley County Fair, Kansas State Fair and 81 Speedway. This year its lineup includes 10 shows around central and

western Kansas. “We are really excited,” said Lowe. “The fair board seems excited, too. We feel a great bond between us.” The company’s name really ties in how it runs the show. The demolition derby circuit had changed a few years ago. Scrap metal was selling at high prices, making purchasing a demolition car expensive. “There was no way for a young kid to get started, so we wanted to change that,” Lowe said. “We brought back the rules from the mid-1990s. We added a ‘chain and bolt’ class where participants go buy cheap cars and literally weld chains and bolts to it to try and keep it together.” The show will feature two different styles: the “chain and bolt class” and a more modern class where more can be done to modify the car. Lowe estimated that 40-50 cars will participate. Old Skool Productions will claim the last car

to leave “visible damage on another car” the winner. “We have some different stuff, but the same old show,” said Lowe. The show was inspired from demolitions from all over. Lowe was in the military and brought back ideas from the demolition derbies he saw while on duty. The show will also tie in the audience. Old Skool Productions will have an announcer in the crow’s nest and out on the track. “The announcer on the track acts as basically a ‘rodeo clown’ for the event,” Lowe said. “He helps offer the drivers recognition and helps interact with the crowd so they aren’t just sitting there.” Information on the rules, payouts, safety and entry requirements can be found on Old Skool Productions’ Facebook page. “We are pretty excited to have some new plans. It will be a good show,” Albers said. “It’s the same but different.

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Different show, same quality.” Gates open to the event at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, at the Fairgrounds Arena. The Derby will start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets can be bought at www. ourcountyfair.com. Online tickets for children under 12 are $9. Adults are $11. Tickets at the gate will cost $13 for children and $15 for adults.


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New rides and changes to appear at Fair carnival By Kallie Lampe Midway games and spinning rides are all part of the fun when the carnival comes to town. Pride of Texas Shows will return to this year’s Sedgwick County Fair. The carnival will be open three days instead of four. For the 2016 Fair the carnival will open on Thursday, July 7, instead of Wednesday night. The rides will be open through Saturday, July 9. The reason for the change is scheduling issues with the Fourth of July holiday. The Pride of Texas does a big carnival for the Fourth in Texas. “It does not allow enough time for them to tear down, load, drive and then set up here,” said Bret Albers, Sedgwick County Fair Board president. “We run into this problem every once in a while depending on how the Fourth falls. It’s because the Fourth is so close to the Fair. “They have a bunch of rides and the feedback was nothing but positive comments from last year,” said Albers. “They do a fantastic job. They are a great carnival and we would like to keep them.” Pride of Texas expects to bring a full fleet of rides this year, including two new ones. The two

#stillriding new rides are called Crystal Lil’s and the Riptide. “The Crystal Lil’s is a two-story funhouse and mirror house,” said Chris Barton, co-owner and operator of The Pride of Texas Shows. “The Riptide is a beach-type ride that holds 18 riders.” Bracelets for the rides will be offered every night, with Times-Sentinel Newspapers’ discount bracelets available for one night only on Thursday, July 7. Bracelets will be available for $25 on Friday and Saturday, July 8-9. Rides will be open nightly from 6 to 10 p.m. The Pride of Texas Shows is a family-owned amusement company providing fairs, festivals and carnivals around the south-central U.S. region with games, rides and traditional carnival concessions. The company is based out of Elm Mott, Texas. From young to old, the company offers attractions for all ages.

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By Kallie Lampe The Monster Truck Racing League debuted at the Sedgwick County Fair in 2015 and is coming back – bigger and better – in 2016. “It went really well last year, except for the rain,” said Bret Albers, Sedgwick County Fair Board president. “We were looking for something new and different to add to switch up the events. This was a great addition to the schedule.” Albers estimated that about 1,000 people showed up for the event. “This is something families can do together. Fathers and kids, or mothers and kids. This helps us bring attractions for all age groups,” Albers said. “This keeps the family atmosphere. We try to have stuff to do for everyone, adults and kids.” For this performance there will be the same amount of trucks as last year, but they will be different. “We have a completely new lineup of monster trucks this Monster Truck Racing year for the Fair,” said David League Rife, event coordinator of Thursday, July 7 • 7 p.m. MTRL. Fairgrounds Arena Included in the lineup are world champion truck BounAdvance tickets ty Hunter, former national $10 adults, $8 children champion Viper, and Iron www.ourcountyfair.com Outlaw. This year’s lineup won’t Tickets at the gate include monster truck rides. $15 adults, $12 children “They just weren’t able to #stillgoingtothefair get the ride trucks this year,” said Albers. An addition to this year’s performance is an All-Terrain Vehicle Shootout and Utility-Task Vehicle Shootout. The event is intended for locals to sign up and compete. The entry fee is $10. The Shootout will prove who is the best ATV/UTV driver locally. “One hundred percent of the entry fees will be paid back to the top finishers,” said Rife. Those interested can sign up in advance by emailing monstertruckracingleague@outlook.com or sign up at the gate. All racers must be signed in at least one hour prior to the start of the show. The age requirement to enter the race is 18 years of age or older. If riders under 18 years old are interested, they need to directly contact MTRL to set up a separate race in advance. “As long as it doesn’t rain again this year, the show should be good,” said Albers. Monster Truck Racing League has more than 35 year of combined experience in the business. The trucks featured in the event are nationally recognized monster trucks. The event will include a preshow meet-andgreet and postshow autograph session. The preshow pit party allows fans to get up close to the trucks and meet their favorite drivers. Autographs and pictures also will be allowed. Pictures of previous events and previews of the monster trucks can be seen on the company’s Facebook page. The MTRL will come back the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds Arena Thursday, July 7. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available. Buy tickets online at www.ourcountyfair.com or at the gate. Advance ticket prices are as follows: children under 12 are $8 and Adult tickets are $10. At the event, children’s tickets are $12 and adult tickets are $15.

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You can play bubble soccer at this year’s Sedgwick County Fair. It is a new event.

A new type of fun joins the Fair By Kallie Lampe Another new addition to the Sedgwick County Fair is something out of the ordinary. Making its first appearance at the Fair is Midwest Bubble Soccer. “We are a new business in Cheney, and started in August of last year,” said Sherri Ahlberg, owner of Midwest Bubble Soccer. “It’s something unique to bring to the fair. It lets people have fun and it’s a unique recreational activity.” Bubble soccer is just like the regular game of soccer, except people are placed in plastic bubbles that cover their body. The company will be putting on two bubble soccer tournaments at the Fair, one for youth and one for adults. The youth tournament is for kids in third to sixth grades and will have smaller bubbles. The adult tournament is for seventh-graders and older and will have larger bubbles. “It’s a unique event that everyone can enjoy,” said Ahlberg. The youth tournament will take place Friday, July 8, starting at 7:30 p.m. and will go until 10 p.m. The adult tournament will be held Saturday, July 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. and will last until 10 p.m. Both

tournaments will be played on the fairgrounds baseball field. “We hope it will bring a big crowd because it is just as fun to watch as it is to play,” said Ahlberg. Ahlberg explained that bubble soccer is played with the regular soccer rules, but some have been modified. Each tournament will feature eight teams, enough for a double-elimination bracket. Each game will last five minutes. The team with the highest amount of goals at the end of the five-minute period will win. If either team scores within the time limit or the score is tied, the game will go into sudden death, during which the first team to score wins. To participate in the event, entry forms can be found at online at www. ourcountyfair.com or at the Cheney Recreation Commission office. It does cost to enroll in the tournament; the price for a five-person team is $50. More information on Midwest Bubble Soccer can be found on its website at www.midwestbubblesoccer.com or on its Facebook page. Questions on the event, to register, or if you are interested in contacting the company, email mwbubblesoccer@gmail.com.

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Magic in the air at the Sedgwick County Fair By Kallie Lampe Abracadabra . . . and just like that a new magician appears at the 2016 Sedgwick County Fair. Shawn Reida, a Wichita magician, will appear Wednesday, July 6, at the Open Air Arena with the Shawn Reida Magic Show. The magic will start on stage at 9 p.m. “I’m very excited to perform at the Fair,” said Reida. “I’ve had friends who have performed there before. It’s a new experience and I’m excited.” Reida has more than 27 years of professional experience entertaining audiences and has been a student of magic and illusion for more than 40 years. Reida has performed for thousands of people around the U.S. Including performances for television, radio, clubs, corporate functions, banquets, hospitals, schools, jails, and more. “I do about 200 shows a year,” said Reida. “I even did 41 shows in Nicaragua last year.” Large corporations that Reida has performed for include Helzberg Diamonds, Preferred Risk, Lifeline, DeBeers, and more.

“I have performed at the Clearwater Fall Festival, Fourth of July in Park City, and have done a lot of things at Century II,” said Reida. “I’ll be bringing some new magic that is not used anywhere else,” said Reida. “It will have a lot of audience participation, background music, and will be very fast paced.” Reida’s performance will include a live bunny and a self-levitation act that is only performed by two magicians. Reida also is involved with performing and working with youth. He has worked with reading programs for youth with several libraries across the state of Kansas and Oklahoma, including the Wichita Public Library. Other youth organizations he has performed with are Wichita Parks and Recreation, Scout troops and Exploration Place. Reida customizes each appearance. He has received multiple awards of appreciation from law enforcement and other civic organizations and is member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Shawn Reida preforms a magic trick during one of his shows in Nicaragua last year. You can see him Wednesday night at the Fair.


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90 Proof Project to join in on Fair fun By Kallie Lampe The band 90 Proof Project will make its debut at the Sedgwick County Fair on Friday, July 8, in the Open Air Arena. The band is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. and will perform until 10 p.m. The 90 Proof Project plays current and classic dance, rock, pop, country and blues hits. The band consists of a female vocalist, two guitars, bass and drums. This band is located in Derby. The band first got together because of the members’ professions. “We all worked for Wichita Public Schools,” said Jose Martinez, lead guitarist of the band. “We got together to play for an in-service operation. … We’ve since then hired a different vocalist and drummer.” The current lineup has been together since 2014. The band includes of Martinez, lead guitarist; Sadie Eck, lead vocalist; Adam Dean, lead drummer; Michael Smith, guitarist; and Eric Matthews, bassist. The group has performed at many other

venues including the Kansas State Fair, Wichita Riverfest and Seven Clans Casino. “For us it’s a little more exciting to come to the Fair. The thing we love the most is to be with the younger people. We love kids, we work for schools. To be able to have them come out and hear us is awesome,” said Martinez. “It brings us to a new area. There are new opportunities to meet more people and be a part of the community.” The group’s performances feature props and crazy on-stage antics. “We wear wigs and crazy hats on stage,” said Martinez. The group encourages a lot of audience participation. This includes an air guitar competition. The 90 Proof Project also invites audience members to come up and play instruments such as the cow bell and tambourine with them. “The show is very engaging for the audience. We make sure you’re having a good time with us,” said Martinez One of the group’s favorite songs to play is “Groove in the Heart” by Dee-Lite.

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Eagle Scout projects boost fairgrounds By Sam Jack Two members of Cheney’s Boy Scout Troop 705 are completing Eagle Scout projects at the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds this summer. Gage Linnebur, a rising junior at Cheney High, built 15 new display tables for the poultry barn, while Jeff Thisius, Linnebur’s classmate, is building 40 new benches that will be unveiled during the Fair. The two Boy Scouts are good friends and have helped each other with their big projects. The other members of Troop 705 have put in a lot of volunteer labor as well. Linnebur was familiar with the need at the poultry barn. His mother, Jeanne Linnebur, is a former poultry superintendent, and he has been showing chickens as a member of Cheney Challengers 4-H Club for 10 years. “The ones before in the chicken house, basically they had rebar construction,” he said. “The bases of them were built out of rebar, and on the tops was very thin wood. People complained a lot about them because the rebar was hazardous, and it was hard to move them.” In addition to the rebar tables that held the birdcages, the barn had three wood tables, but those were in bad repair. Linnebur and his team of volunteers built 15 new, four-footby-eight-foot tables. The new tables have raised edges so that cages can’t be pushed or knocked off by mistake. “It’s definitely a big improvement,” said Linnebur. Thisius got the idea to build new benches when he heard a comment that it would be good to get more seating in front of the Cheney United Methodist Church’s food booth. When he inquired with Fair leadership about turning the need for benches into an Eagle Scout service project, he was directed toward the Open Air Stage, home of Fair’s Got Talent and other free performances. Some of the benches had become wobbly or had started to split apart, and all were getting old. By Fair time, all those old benches will be gone, and 40 brand new, freshly painted ones will be in place, Thisius said. “We’ve had a couple of work days, with the (other) Scouts coming out and helping us,” he said. The benches, which have backs, are hewn to a simple design and then primed, painted and assembled. “The goal is to have these done and in place, and we’re on track to get that done,” said Thisius. In addition to the 40 new benches, Thisius plans to evaluate the other wood benches around the fairgrounds and take care of needed repairs. “Getting to see people up there, sitting on them at the Fair and seeing them actually in use is going to be pretty cool,” he said. Both Scouts were wholly responsible for their projects, from the idea and planning stages straight through to completion. They each had to figure out how to fund their projects, too, and they were gratified by the support from individuals and from area businesses.

Gage Linnebur, left, works on a table for the poultry barn as part of his Eagle Scout project. Over half the materials for Linnebur’s project were donated by local businesses.

Jeff Thisius, second from left, worked to replace benches at the Open Air Stage as part of his Eagle Scout Project. When the Fair begins, 40 new, freshly painted benches will be in place.


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Home run derby enters its second year By Michael Buhler For the second year in a row, co-ed softball at the Sedgwick County Fair will feature something extra – a different kind of home run derby. The home run derby was tested out at the Fair two summers ago and returned in 2015 with a twist – a duck soup home run challenge. This year’s challenge will kick off at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the ball diamond. “It will be more of a home run challenge than a derby,” said Brent Peintner from the Cheney Recreation Commission. “We don’t want home run balls over the fence for safety, so that’s where the challenge comes in.” The challenge will use 16-inch balls for the contest and also will provide the bats. Competitors will get 10 swings to collect as many points as possible. Points will be collected by where the ball lands, since it’s doubtful anyone hits a 16-inch ball over the fence. Children also will be allowed to compete, and they will get to use smaller 12-inch softballs and bats their Cameron Hill takes a swing during last year’s home run derby. size. There also will be a softball tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday. T-shirts will be awarded to the top team. For more information, contact the Cheney Recreation Commission office at 316-542-0010.

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By Sam Jack Pigs have a reputation for staying cool and taking it easy, but raising and showing them is a lot of work. Just ask any member of Clearwater’s Tjaden family. All five of the Tjadens are involved in the 4-H swine exhibits at the Sedgwick County Fair. This is parents Hope and Aaron Tjaden’s fourth year as superintendents, and their three children – Victoria, Trace and Elizabeth – are all raising and showing pigs. Swine projects begin more than three months in advance of the Fair. 4-Hers prepare accommodations for the pigs and then purchase them at starting weights of 90 to 100 pounds. With care and attention, participants aim to double or triple that starting weight by Fair time. “To go for grand champion at the Sedgwick County Fair, your pig has to weigh above 210 and below 300 – between those two weights,” said Aaron Tjaden. “Obviously you’re looking for a finished pig, one with good muscle tone, a nice shape, a nice straight back. Just an appealing pig that looks finished is the end goal.” The Tjaden kids use a feeder for the first two months with their pigs, but when the Fair is a month away, they switch to feedings by hand. “That’s usually two to three times a day,” said Tjaden. “We walk them and exercise them daily, just to get them used to getting up and moving, and to get them used to being led.” The work can take up to 14 hours a week.

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Howard the pig gets a bath from his owner, Victoria Tjaden, before one of the swine competitions at the 2015 Sedgwick County Fair.

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“We’re involved in baseball and softball, too, so that’s quite a bit of commitment,” said Tjaden. The payoff for all the effort is the Fair itself, when swine project participants from across the county meet up and show off their prize animals. “With the temperatures being like they are in July, most all the kids bring box fans that they hang over their pigs,” said Tjaden. “The barn is shaded, and it’s got north and south ends that are open, so it stays relatively cool. The kids take their pigs out once or twice a day, cool them off and get them moving.” Though there is a competitive aspect, everyone helps one another out. Young 4-Hers who are raising pigs for the first time get extra attention. “Some of the kids are pretty nervous, and I’ve seen some of the parents get nervous, too. It’s nice to see some older kids help out the younger kids,” said Tjaden. Tjaden said everyone enjoys sharing their work with Fair visitors. “It’s nice to see the public come in, and it’s nice to watch the kids explain things. We try to make it not just a competition but also an event to educate the public,” he said. At the end of the Fair, it can be hard for 4-Hers to say goodbye to the pigs they have lavished with so much attention. “Watching your pig you worked hard on get on the trailer to go to the (meat) locker – it’s tough. But it’s really rewarding to eat something that you raised, and it’s really excellent quality,” said Tjaden.


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Fair food vendors United Methodist Church One of two original food booths at the Fair. Stop here for chicken and noodles, taco salads and homemade pie. They also offer breakfast. Trinity United Christian Church The other of the two original food booths, TUCC serves up Bierocks, sloppy Joes and homemade pie. Use the walk-up window on the north side or dine inside. D’Mario’s Pizza A favorite in Cheney all year, D’Mario’s is a favorite during the Fair, as well. Grab a slice as you make your way across the fairgrounds. Cheney Recreation Commission Located right behind home plate, CRC will be serving up hamburgers and brats in a newly remodeled facility. D&J Pronto Pup You don’t have to wait for the Kansas State Fair for this favorite. Get yours today, and remember – a Pronto Pup is NOT a corn dog! Delano 4-H Club Another longtime favorite at the Fair, this booth features Sno-cones from the 4-H kids who hail from the original west Wichita – Delano. Ossman Concessions It’s just not summer without an ear of corn in your hand. In addition to roasted corn, enjoy handmade limeades and lemonades. Squat & Gobble Barbeque treats – including turkey legs big enough to feed two – are what you’ll find here. Squat & Gobble has become a new fan favorite over the past handful of years. Aussie Cakes Nothing screams “county fair” like a funnel cake topped with any number of toppings, or you can be a traditionalist

Carsen Ditgen and Harper Hedrick serve sloppy Joes from the Trinity United Christian Church food booth at last year’s Fair.

and just go with powdered sugar on top. Have an Onion Blossom, or new this year try a Navajo Taco. Steckline Steak and Chop Shop If there’s one thing every fair needs, it’s meat on a stick. That is what the Stecklines have available – marinated meat or pork chops served on an easyto-use stick. Western Sedgwick County Arena Saddle Club WSCA will be serving up plenty of eats and drinks during Thursday night’s MTRL Monster Truck Racing League, Friday’s Neal McCoy concert and on Saturday during the Demolition Derby. Concession stands are located in the west corners of the arena. Black Sheep Kettle Corn Nothing goes better than fresh-made kettle corn and a handmade limeade to wash it down. Both available at this returning food venue. Rolling Café Making their first appearance at the Fair, this restaurant on wheels will make you squeal. Bringing Mean Monster Wraps and All the Way Fries, there is no room for disappointment.


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Wichita Tractor Co. is a fixture at Fair By Sam Jack This year’s theme, #stillgoingtothefair, applies to more than individual fairgoers. Many commercial vendors and businesses have found the Sedgwick County Fair an effective way to connect with current and potential customers – which has kept them coming back, year after year. Wichita Tractor Co. is among those longtime business presences. The dealership, which sells multiple brands of tractors and lawnmowers from locations in Wichita and Hutchinson, has sent a contingent of employees and tractor and mower models to the fairgrounds each year for over a decade. The company attended intermittently in earlier years, as well, according to co-owner Clayton McCullough. Being at the Fair has allowed the dealership to keep in touch with how the demand in the tractor and mower market is changing. “It’s been about 10 years ago that we took on the Bad Boy mower line, and that has become a good one to get out

there in front of people in the county,” said McCullough. “It’s a commercial mower line that a lot of your high-acreage guys use and depend on, to get mowing done as quick as possible. “For years, we’ve sold little compact tractors, and that market has fallen off a bit, partially because it’s not as quick to get mowing jobs done, which is what people were doing with it,” he added. Attending the Fair is something that multiple generations of families can share – and that goes for family-run business exhibitors as well. “Our father started (Wichita Tractor Co.) in October of 1971, so we’re coming up on our 45th anniversary this year, and it’s been a family organization through all that time,” said McCulloughy. “My brother and I run it now, and his son, my oldest daughter and her husband work here, so it’s still a family organization.” For more information on Wichita Tractor Co., visit www.wichitatractor. com or look for it at the Fair.

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Basketball tourney again set for Saturday By Michael Buhler Summertime basketball is becoming a tradition at the Sedgwick County Fair. For the sixth consecutive year, the Fair will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. The 2016 edition of the tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 9. Preregistration is required. Call Rod Scheer at 316-461-3451 before July 1 to get in on the action. There will be men’s high school and open divisions, women’s high school and open divisions, and middle school (grades 7-8) divisions. The entry fee is $10 per player with a maximum of four players per team. T-shirts amd cash prizes will be awarded to upper-division teams. The tournament will be held at the basketball court on the Fairgrounds, located just south of the ball diamond. For more information, contact Scheer at 316-461-3451.

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Parade to serve as Fair kickoff By Michael Buhler on Wednesday worked out quite well,” The best changes often are the ones Sedgwick County Fair entertainment that are not entirely planned but become director Carla Ewy said. “It was a great long-term successes. way to get people out on the first night In 2014, the Sedgwick County Fair and down to the Fairgrounds to see what Board made the decision to move the we had to offer. The change in 2014 annual Sedgwick County Fair Parade to had to do with scheduling conflicts, but Wednesday evening for the first time in it seemed a very appropriate kickoff so the event’s history to accommodate the that is how we left it.” Logan Mize conThe parade cert that was held began as a Saturday on Thursday night. morning event – While the Fair’s the Fair’s final day Sedgwick County Fair Parade feature concert has – before spending moved to Friday a few years on SatWednesday, July 6 • 6:30 p.m. since then (this year urday afternoon. It it’s Neal McCoy – made the switch to Main Street, Cheney see separate story), Thursday in 1997 the parade has and stayed there Kids – be sure to bring a bag for done well on its for 17 years before candy! new night and will moving in 2014. #stillgoingtothefair stay on Wednesday “When I was a to once again kick kid, the parade was off the Fair. on Saturday mornHaving the parade on opening night ing,” Ewy said. “I did some research and not only has served as a great way to it moved to 4 p.m. on Saturday in 1994 kick off last year’s Fair, it also has imand then to Thursday at 7 p.m. in 1997. proved traffic on the Fair’s first night – a I can’t remember why they moved it to night that traditionally was a slow night. the evening on Thursday, but it was on In the past, Wednesday evening tended Thursday for several years. Only last year to be predominantly just people entering did we move it to Wednesday.” exhibits and a few people at the carnival The parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and also eating. on Wednesday, July 6 and will proceed “We all decided that having the parade down Main Street in Cheney as always.

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Home to roost Poultry events return after last year’s cancellation

By Sam Jack Last June, Sedgwick County 4-Hers who were involved in chicken and poultry projects got some unwelcome news. Concerned about the potential to spread avian flu, the Kansas Department of Agriculture issued a “stop movement” order, effectively canceling the chicken and poultry events at both the Sedgwick County Fair and the Kansas State Fair. “It was a disappointment,” said project participant Gage Linnebur. “I spent quite a bit on chickens I wanted to show, but that didn’t really work out.” Leaders salvaged what they could of the event, encouraging 4-Hers to take photos of their prized chickens, ducks and geese and bring posters for display in the poultry barn. This year, there will be no need for Plan Bs: The birds are coming back. “I think this year, I’ll probably pick out my best seven to show,” said Linnebur. Linnebur is not alone in bringing multiple birds and getting intense about the details of rearing and caring for poultry, according to Robbie Wilkinson, who will be poultry superintendent for the first time this year. The kids turn themselves into experts, and Wilkinson is planning to help them share that expertise with the general public. She will put up an information board with details about caring for, handling and understanding chickens and poultry. “They might be things that someone would pick them up and say, ‘That’ll help me take care of my chickens, ducks or geese better,’” said Wilkinson. “I’ll have a little quiz for them, and for people that come through, and if they answer some of the questions, I’ll probably have little pieces of candy to give away.” Those who exhibit birds already know it, but Wilkinson is hoping to inform the general public that the domestic animals are sensitive and can fully experience both stress and fear. “At the State Fair, I saw some boys who were tormenting the birds, so I just walked up and explained that the birds are already nervous, since they’re off their farms,” said Wilkinson. “Even though they’re ‘just birds,’ there’s a certain way to treat them and be humane.” In another new initiative, Wilkinson plans to give oregano seeds to poultry project participants. Letting chickens forage oregano, or adding it to their feed, is beneficial to their health.


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Soapbox Troubadors returns to the County Fair stage By Kallie Lampe If you missed Soapbox Troubadors at last year’s Sedgwick County Fair, you’ll have another chance to see the popular area band perform this year. The band will return to the Open Air Arena at the 2016 Sedgwick County Fair. The Soapbox Troubadors are scheduled to take the stage Thursday, July 7, at 8:30 p.m. “They put on a really good show last year,” said Liz Johnson, entertainment chairperson for the Sedgwick County Fair. “The crowd really liked them.” The Soapbox Troubadors are a band consisting of three acoustic guitars, an electric bass and full drum kit. The group produces music with a fusion of southern, country and swamp feel. The group also uses Appalachian and folk music to create a familiar, but new and unique, sound. The band’s songs are about redemption, self-introspection, struggles and faith. “Last year’s show was a blast. The people of Cheney and those out-oftowners in attendance were great to us,” said Frankie Pearman, lead singer of the Soapbox Troubadors. “We were so excited when we got the call to come back again this year. As I said, we love Cheney and the Fair is a great venue to play.” The band plays only three or four cover songs. The rest are the band’s original compositions. “As excited as we were to get the chance to play again, it was also very humbling to know that we were asked to play two years in a row. The Fair must’ve

heard something they liked,” Pearman said. The Soapbox Troubadors’ lead singer is no stranger to the Fair stage. Pearman was the first winner of the Fair Idol contest. Pearman also has helped judge the Fair’s Got Talent Contest. Pearman will be doing both this year, performing and helping judge Fair’s Got Talent. “I’ve been a part of Fair Idol or Fair’s Got Talent from the beginning. I was the original winner and I have been so glad that they have asked me back to judge each year since. I, personally, love Cheney and the rest of the guys in the band do, too. It’s always a pleasure to play for you guys,” said Pearman. Other members of the band are DJ Chastain, guitarist and principal songwriter; Ryan Coon, lead guitarist; Jason Pearman, drummer; and Dakota Pearman, bass. “You know we do what we do and we do it well. There are a few new songs and I think we have found our ‘zone,’ if you will,” said Pearman. “We have gotten more comfortable with each of our roles and we support one another well on stage and off. “We really are like brothers, and the drummer, Jason, literally is. I believe we are all constantly growing as individuals and as a band. We have a message within our music and to us that is the most important part of what we say and do.” Find additional information, photos and more about the Soapbox Troubadors on its Facebook page or at www. SoapboxTroubadors.com.

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Pedal Pull still going with few changes By Michael Buhler It might be cliché, but if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. That is the philosophy with the Sedgwick County Fair Pedal Pull. The event made its debut at the Fair in the early 1990s, and even after 25 years, it still has an appeal to all ages. Perhaps that is why the event is proceeding this summer with minimal changes. “We’re keeping everything pretty well the same because it works so well,” pedal pull coordinator Marcia Kampling said. The Sedgwick County Electric Cooperative, where Kampling works, has been a part of the event since its inception and has been in sole charge of it since 2002. “We run the thing with our employees,” Kampling said. “We get spouses and kids to help. We’ve hopefully made it a fun event for the kids.” After starting later in the day for many years, the start time was moved to the morning in 2012 and the Pedal Pull will start at 10 a.m. for the fifth year in a row on Saturday, July 9. Registration begins at 9 a.m. east of the Open Air Arena. There is no entry fee. Kampling believes that the earlier start time has been beneficial and even helped attendance at the event. “It had traditionally been a Saturday afternoon event and it was a late afternoon event,” Kampling said. “We first moved it up to 3 p.m. to not conflict with the demolition derby before moving it to 10 a.m.” Kampling also credits the Sedgwick County Fair Association for providing the

equipment for the Pedal Pull. “The Sedgwick County Fair Association bought the equipment several years ago,” Kampling said. “This will be the 26th annual kids Pedal Pull and this is the 18th year to use that equipment. It’s way easier now that we have our own equipment.” The concept of the Pedal Pull is simple: Children pedal small tractors to pull a trailer of weights. After years of involvement with the event, Kampling has one piece of advice for children who compete in the Pedal Pull: wear tennis shoes. “It’s important that you have good footing if you’re going to participate,” Kampling said. Children ages 4 through 12 are encouraged to enter the Pedal Pull, and since the event is a sanctioned event, the top three finishers by each age group qualify to compete at the Kansas State Fair. Either way, all kids who compete will receive a prize of some sort. Sedgwick County Electric Cooperative, Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company, Schmidt and Sons and PrairieLand Partners have provided prizes in the past, including bicycles, and Cheney Pharmacy also will provide a prize this year. The event will start with 4-year-olds and work its way up to the oldest children. Kampling added that the event draws well, especially for the younger competitors. “We just want all of the kids out there,” Kampling said. “I think it’s a great, great thing the office does to show our support for the community. It’s fun.” For more information on the Pedal Pull, contact Kampling at 316-540-6145.

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General Fair Rules Inquiries about entering in the Fair contact: Sedgwick County Fair P.O. Box 460 • Cheney, KS • 67025 Call department superintendents for more information.

1. In classes with only one exhibitor, a first-place premium will be awarded, but only second-place money paid. Livestock and home economics subject to department rules. 2. In no case shall the Sedgwick County Fair Association, its officers or agents, be held responsible for any loss, damage, accident, injury or death from any cause of people, animals or exhibits, disease included, of any character while they or their property are on the Fairgrounds or any other place at any time. The Fair Association will use all vigilance in the care and protection of specimens while in charge of the fair. Special watchmen will be on the grounds day and night. 3. All exhibits not removed or cared for after 9 p.m. at the close of the fair, revert to the fair. Premium payments will be issued at the treasurer’s office on the last day of the fair and must be picked up that day. Exhibits will be released at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9. ANY EXHIBIT REMOVED BEFORE 8 P.M. SATURDAY WILL FORFEIT ALL PREMIUM MONEY AND ANY SPECIAL PRIZE. 4. Every exhibit entered in the competition must be owned by the exhibitor. Individuals or firms may exhibit as many animals in a class as desired, but may win only two prizes, one award in groups.

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5. The Fair Association reserves the right to refuse stock entries when available space is taken. 6. No animal shall be allowed to compete for prizes in the breeding classes that is barren or that is not recorded or eligible for record in the herd, stud or block book of the accredited associations of the breed to which the animal belongs. Full and satisfactory pedigrees must be produced when demanded by the superintendent. 7. All livestock exhibits will be required to furnish their own water pails and feed bunks. Livestock stalls and aisles must be kept clean and free of manure at all times. Exhibitors or their representatives are required to be available at all times to care for their animals. 8. Should the award in all departments exceed $4,500, the fair management reserves the right to prorate such premiums on that basis. 9. The Fair Association reserves the right to remove from the grounds any exhibit, animal, stand or show, that may be falsely entered or may be deemed unsuitable or objectionable, without assigning a reason therefore, and if necessary to return any money already paid for spaces of concessions, which shall exonerate the management and the Fair from any claim whatsoever on the part of the exhibitor or purchaser. 10. No entry fees will be charged. 11. No advertising or previous winnings will be allowed by the exhibitors until after the judging is completed. 12. All exhibitors are asked to clean straw and other bedding materials from their pen area and place into truck or spreader at the site. 13. No alcoholic beverages allowed outside the designated area.

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Carla Ewy, Superintendent – 316-772-1325, cewy@usd268.org Wednesday, July 6, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All entries may start lining up by 5 p.m. and be in place by 6 p.m. (Floats to be judged must be lined up and ready to be judged by 5:30 p.m. Kids Decorated Bike judging is at 6 p.m.) Theme: #stillgoingtothefair Floats and other units will be judged at the high school parking lot, where the parade originates. Prizes will be awarded on the basis of: First $200; Second $150; and Third $100. Bikes and wagons will be awarded first, $20; second $10; and third, $5. No 3- or 4-wheel ATVs will be allowed in the parade. Candy can only be distributed by people walking along the parade route.

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Department B • POULTRY Bob and Jeanne Linnebur, Superintendents – 316-540-9933, linnebur1@yahoo.com Robbie Wilkinson, Superintendent - Kelliskids830@yahoo.com Support Groups, 4-H leaders Check in: Wednesday, July 6, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. Judge: Milton Gadberry, ABA-APA. Judging: Thursday, July 7, at 9:00 a.m. Check out: Saturday, July 9, at 8:00 p.m.

Rules: 1. All poultry (except waterfowl) MUST show proof that they are pullorum typhoid clean at County Fair check-in. No testing will be done at the County Fair! If you would like to have your birds tested, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering testing on Wednesday, June 23, between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. in the Bison Room at the Extension Office. You MUST contact Beth Drescher, Sedgwick County 4-H Office, 316-660-0100, to make a reservation. 2. Cock – Male bird over one year old. Hen – Female bird over one year old. Cockerel – Male bird under one year old. Pullet – Female under one year old. Trio or pen – one male, two female, same age. 3. A class will be provided for all varieties of large fowl, and bantams meeting the standard of the American Poultry Association. 4. All exhibits must be the property of the exhibitor. Exhibitors are responsible to feed, water and care for the poultry daily. Please bring appropriate water and feeders 5. Exhibits must be labeled with official entry tag available at check in. Please know the Class and

Breed of your poultry. Exhibitor must put full name and address on the entry tag. Information missing on the entry tag will result in bird(s) not being judged or may result in a phone call, collect if needed, to the exhibitor to get needed information. 6. In any class with only one exhibitor, if the bird merits a premium on the judges decision, fifty percent of the premium money will be paid. Large Fowl & Bantams: First Second Third Premium on each class $1.25 $0.75 $0.50 Best trio or pen (old) $1.50 “ “ Best trio or pen (young) “ “ “ Shown single only, all competing as one class First Second Third Geese $2.00 $1.00 $0.50 Ducks “ “ “ Champion Rosettes and Reserve Champion Rosettes given in the APA/ABA Class Grouping (providing there are at least three entries in a class): APA – American, Asiatic, English, Mediterranean, Continental, AOSB (all other standard breeds); ABA – Old English, Single Comb Clean Legged, Rosecomb Clean Legged, Feather Legged, AOCCL (all other comb clean legged); Turkeys; Waterfowl – Geese (Heavy, Medium, Light weight), Ducks (Bantam, Heavy, Medium, Light).

Department C • RABBITS Gary Michaud, Superintendent – 316-661-2518, garyarba@gmail.com Yvonne Michaud, Assistant Superintendent 4-H Leaders and Support Group Check in: Thursday, July 7, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Judging: Friday, July 8, 9:00 a.m. Check out: Saturday, July 9, 8:00 p.m.

Rules: 1. This show will be governed by the latest ARBA Show Rules and filing of an entry indicates acceptance of these rules. 2. PRE-ENTRIES SHOULD BE FILED. Forms may be obtained from the show superintendent or the Extension Office. Entries must be mailed to Gary Michaud, Box 367, Mt. Hope, KS 67108, or filled out at the fair grounds on Thursday. 3. Entries will be on a “first entered” basis. Entries will be accepted as long as there is cooping available. 4. Exhibitors are responsible for feeding and caring for their own rabbits. Please bring appropriate crocks and feeders for your rabbits’ use. 5. All rabbits must be tattooed in the left ear before the show.


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6. If a rabbit is determined to be ill, the owner will be asked to remove it from the show. 7. No cross-breed class is available. 8. Exhibitors are responsible for their rabbits being carried to and from the judging table at the appropriate time. 9. NO RABBIT MAY BE SOLD ON FAIRGROUNDS UNLESS ENTERED IN THE SHOW. Superintendents must be notified of rabbits for sale and rabbits sold. Sale rabbits may not leave the barn until the regular checkout time, 8 p.m. Saturday. 10. ARBA minimum weight limits will be followed. No animals under the minimum will be admitted to the barn. No doe and litter classes allowed. Premium per class First Second Third Ribbons for first three places. $1.50 $1.00 $0.75 Grand Champion Rosette for Best of Show All premiums provided by Sedgwick County Fair.

Department D • VEGETABLES Steve McGuire – Superintendent 316-712-2924 Check in: Wednesday, July 6, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.; Thursday, July 7, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Judging: Thursday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. Check out: Saturday, July 9, 8:00 p.m. 1. Vegetables a. Potatoes, white (8) b. Potatoes, red (8) c. Onions, white (5) d. Onions, red (5) e. Onions, yellow (5) f. Cabbage, any (1) g. Pumpkins, any variety (1) h. Squash, yellow (1) i. Squash, winter (1) j. Squash, Zucchini (1) k. Watermelon, any variety (1) l. Cantaloupe, any variety (1) m. Carrots, any variety (5) n. Hot peppers, jalapeno (5) o. Hot peppers, red chili (5) p. Hot pepper, Hungarian (5) q. Sweet Corn (10) r. Okra (5) s. Eggplant (1) t. Peppers, bell (5) u. Peppers, banana (5) v. Tomatoes (5) w. Tomatoes, Roma (5) x. Largest tomato (1) y. Cherry tomatoes (5) z. Cucumbers, pickling (5) aa. Cucumbers, table (5) bb. Beets, (5) cc. Turnips (5) dd. Novelty vegetable (1) ee. Beans, green (12) ff. Beans, wax/yellow (12) gg. Garlic (5) hh. Best display of vegetables Grand Champion Reserve Champion 2. Fruits a. Apples, any variety (5) b. Pears, any variety (5) c. Peaches, any variety (5) d. Berries (5) e. Other fruit (5) f. Best display of fruit (of one producer; minimum of 5 varieties) 3. Herbs (5 sprigs of a variety in water) a. Basil b. Oregano c. Parsley d. Dill e. Mint f. Sage g. Any other

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Department E • HOME ECONOMICS Rules: 1. Only one entry in each class may be made by same exhibitor. 2. All exhibits must have been made or produced since the 2014 fair. 3. All articles must have been made by the party in whose name the entry is made. 4. All exhibits will be given the best possible care, but in no event will the fair management be responsible for injury or loss that may occur. 5. Premiums will only be paid as judged. In classes with only one exhibitor, the judge will decide according to quality what ribbon or award will be given. Exhibits of anything not listed will be appreciated. They will be judged and ribbons awarded, but no cash premiums can be paid. 6. Exhibitors in this department will be prohibited from helping themselves in removing any of their exhibits at the close of the fair, only as they are waited upon by assistants appointed for that purpose. No early checkouts. 7. No names, please, as a number will be used. 8. All cakes and breads should be whole exhibit. Place on a plate and cover with a plastic bag.

BAKING Marita Hill, Superintendent – 316-535-2588, Hill426@yahoo.com Tina Hacker, Asst. Superintendent Check in: Wednesday, July 6, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. or Thursday, July 7, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Judging: Thursday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. Check out: Saturday, July 9, 8:00 p.m. 1. Breads (whole loaf) First Second Third a. White bread $1.75 $1.50 $1.00 b. Whole wheat bread “ “ “ c. Sourdough bread “ “ “ d. Home-ground wheat bread “ “ “ e. Machine breads “ “ “ f. Raised dinner rolls “ “ “ g. Raised whole wheat dinner rolls “ “ “ h. Raised cinnamon rolls (4) “ “ “ i. Doughnuts, cake (4) “ “ “ j. Doughnuts, raised (4) “ “ “ 2. Quick breads (whole loaf) a. Banana nut bread “ “ “ b. Zucchini nut bread “ “ “ c. Other fruit quick breads “ “ “ d. Gingerbread, unfrosted “ “ “ e. Muffins, plain (4) “ “ “ f. Muffins, bran (4) “ “ “ g. Muffins, fruit (4) “ “ “ h. Baking powder biscuits (4) “ “ “ 3. Cakes a. Angel food cake, unfrosted “ “ “ b. Chiffon cake, unfrosted “ “ “ c. Chocolate cake, frosted “ “ “ d. White cake, frosted “ “ “ e. Any other variety cake, frosted “ “ “ f. Decorated cake “ “ “ (Will be judged for decoration only. Decorate dummies, such as pans, Styrofoam, etc. Cake board should not exceed 18” in diameter, 12” in height. Icing must be fresh and edible.) g. Cupcakes, white, unfrosted (4) “ “ “ h. Cupcakes, chocolate, unfrosted (4) “ “ “ 4. Fruit Pies a. Apple “ “ “ b. Cherry “ “ “ 5. Cookies a. Oatmeal (4) “ “ “ b. Rolled (4) “ “ “ c. Drop, chocolate chip (4) “ “ “ d. Drop, other (4) “ “ “ e. Molded (4) “ “ “ f. Brownies (4) “ “ “ g. Bar cookie “ “ “ h. No-bake cookie (4) “ “ “ i. Fair President’s Cookie Jar $5.00 $3.00 $2.00 Preferred (1/2 gallon clear container jar, 5 to 10 different cookies, individually wrapped in plastic wrap. Bring one of each kind in a covered flat box with each cookie identified and wrapped and bagged.)


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CANNING Paula Webb, Superintendent – 316-722-2853 Check in: Wednesday, July 6, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. or Thursday, July 7, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Judging: Thursday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. Check out: Saturday, July 9, 8:00 p.m. Only standard jars are to be used for canning exhibits. USDA recommendations for canning methods are required. Jars will not be opened unless differences among entries are too small for visual judging. Any jar opened will have a black X on top of lid. 1. Jelly First a. Apple $1.75 b. Grape “ c. Plum “ d. Any other variety “ 2. Preserves a. Strawberry “ b. Tomato “ c. Any other variety “ 3. Butters a. Apple “ b. Plum “ c. Any other variety “ 4. Jams a. Apricot “ b. Strawberry “ c. Peach “ d. Any other variety “ 5. Fruits a. Apples “ b. Apricots “ c. Sour cherries “ d. Bing cherries “ e. Pineapple “ f. Peaches “ g. Pears “ h. Plums “ i. Applesauce “ j. Tomatoes “ k. Other “ l. Different varieties of fruits $2.00 6 pints or quarts, same size 6. Juices $1.75 7. Vegetables a. Beets “ b. Beans, green string “ c. Beans, yellow wax “ d. Carrots “ e. Corn “ f. Potatoes “ g. Other “ h. Different varieties of $2.00 vegetables, 6 pints or quarts, same size 8. Pickles a. Beet pickles $1.75 b. Peach pickles “ c. Sweet cucumber pickles “ d. Bread & Butter pickles “ e. Dill pickles “ f. Relish “ g. Salsa “ h. Miscellaneous “ i. Variety of 6 pickles $2.00 9. Meats a. Chicken “ b. Beef “ c. Pork “ 10. Display of individual jars $5.00 10 jars, same size a. Fruits “ b. Vegetables “ c. Pickles “ d. Miscellaneous “ e. Dehydrating – experimental only; ribbon awarded, no premium f. Antique canning jars, display only

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e. afghan any design “ “ “ f. Other than classified “ “ “ 17. Crochet a. Tablecloth “ “ “ b. Doily, under 12” “ “ “ c. Doily, over 12” “ “ “ d. Bedspread “ “ “ e. Garment “ “ “ f. Crocheting with beads “ “ “ may be display on a doll g. Hat “ “ “ h. Muffler “ “ “ i. Other than classified “ “ “ 18. Weaving a. Potholder “ “ “ b. Huck or Swedish “ “ “ c. Other than classified “ “ “ 19. Stuffed Dolls (must be completely handmade, including bodies, face and clothing and no wood. See Holiday Section for Christmas dolls. Exhibitor may furnish a stand to hold doll upright. a. Original “ “ “ b. Character, doll or animal “ “ “ c. Sculptured “ “ “ d. Boudoir or pillow case doll “ “ “ e. Miniature, under 12” “ “ “ f. Pair of rag dolls “ “ “ g. Stuffed animal “ “ “ 1 or more of same type of animal h. Other than classified “ “ “ 20. Plastic Canvas a. Plastic canvas wall hanging “ “ “ b. Plastic canvas holiday decoration “ “ “ (other than Christmas) c. Plastic canvas Christmas decoration “ “ “ d. Plastic canvas, other than classified “ “ “ 21. Holiday decorations a. Christmas tree skirt “ “ “ b. Christmas picture counted cross stitch “ “ “ under 24” c. Christmas picture, needlepoint “ “ “ d. Christmas doll, 1 item “ “ “ e. Christmas stocking, needlepoint “ “ “ f. Christmas stocking, cross stitch “ “ “ g. Tree decoration “ “ “ hand or machine stitched h. Christmas decoration, not classified “ “ “ i. Other holiday decoration, not Christmas, 1 item permitted per holiday 22. Infants Wear a. Afghan or carriage robe, knitted “ “ “ b. Afghan or carriage robe, crocheted “ “ “ c. 3 piece sweater set: knitted or crocheted “ “ “ d. Jacket or sweater, knitted or crocheted “ “ “ e. Booties, knitted or crocheted “ “ “ f. Christening dress or outfit “ “ “ knitted or crocheted g. Baby lap robe “ “ “ h. Other than classified “ “ “ 23. Primary Section. Made in current year by youth 7 and under. Youth must stay in their age group and cannot make entries in any other section. Wood or plastic items will not be allowed. a. Crocheted or knitted article “ “ “ b. Weaving article “ “ “ c. Cross stitch or embroidery “ “ “ d. Plastic canvas “ “ “ e. Bead jewelry “ “ “ f. Other than classified “ “ “ 24. Intermediate Section. Made in current year youth 8 thru 13 years of age. Youth must stay in their age category and cannot make entries in any other section. Wood or plastic items will not be allowed. a. Dress or blouse “ “ “ b. Vest or jumper “ “ “ c. Skirt, slacks or shorts “ “ “ d. Counted cross stitch “ “ “ embroidery, appliqué or decorated stitch on purchased article e. Counted cross stitch “ “ “ embroidered, appliqué or decorated stitch on already made article f. Embroidered or cross stitch Aida “ “ “ g. Crocheted or knitted article “ “ h. Weaving article “ “ “ i. Boys only class, any item “ “ “ j. Hand or machine quilted article “ “ “

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k. Pillows “ “ “ l. Plastic Canvas “ “ “ m. Bead jewelry “ “ “ n. Needlepoint on purchased article “ “ “ o. Other than classified “ “ “ 25. Junior Section. Made in current year 14 thru 17 years of age. Juniors must stay in their age group and cannot make entries in any other section. Wood or plastic items will not be allowed. a. Dress or blouse “ “ “ b. Vest or Jumper “ “ “ c. Skirt, slacks, or shorts “ “ “ d. Embroidered or cross stitch article “ “ “ e. Crocheted or knitted article “ “ “ f. Weaving article “ “ “ g. Hand or machine quilt “ “ “ h. Pillows “ “ “ i. Counted cross stitch “ “ “ embroidered, appliqué or decorative stitch on purchased article j. Counted cross stitch “ “ “ embroidered, appliqué or decorative stitch on already made article k. Plastic Canvas “ “ “ l. Bead jewelry “ “ “ m. Needlepoint on purchased article “ “ “ n. Other than classified “ “ “

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Jenneifer Nuessen, Superintendent – 316-540-9861, nuessen@cox.net Shannon Monson, Superintendent – skm0511@gmail.com Check in: Wednesday, July 6, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. or Thursday, July 7, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Judging: Thursday, July 7, 12:00 p.m. Check out: Saturday, July 9, 8:00 p.m. All exhibits must have been made or produced since the 2013 fair. Judge will decide as to premium to be paid in classes with only one entry. Only one entry allowed in each class by the same exhibitor. In both adult and children/youth categories, all two-dimensional artwork must be matted and prepared for hanging. No artwork that is in frames with glass will be accepted. If you would like to cover your artwork to protect it, please use acetate or clear cellophane. Judge will decide as to premium to be paid in classes with only one entry. Only one entry allowed in each class by the same exhibitor. In both adult and children/youth categories, all two-dimensional artwork must be matted and prepared for hanging. No artwork that is in frames with glass will be accepted. If you would like to cover your artwork to protect it, please use acetate or clear cellophane. Adults – (16 yrs of age and older) 1. Ceramics First A. Hand-built ceramics $2.00 B. Wheel-thrown ceramics “ C. Decorated greenware (stains, glaze, airbrush) “ 2. Oil Painting A. Portrait “ B. Landscape “ C. Other/still life “ 3. Acrylic A. Portrait “ B. Landscape “ C. Other/still life “ 4. Watercolor A. Portrait “ B. Landscape “ C. Other/still life “ 5. Pastel oil or chalk A. Portrait “ B. Landscape “ C. Other/still life “ 6. Mixed Media A. Charcoal drawing “ B. Paper, quilling, papier-mache, etc. “ C. Pencil drawing “ D. Pen and ink “ E. Prints (linoleum, wood, etc.) “ F. Altered books “ G. Printed digital scrapbooks “ H. Traditional scrapbooks “ I. Digitally created artwork “ 7. Color Photography (Amateurs only, minimum print size 5”x7) A. Portrait “ B. Landscape “ C. Animals “

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D. Sports “ “ E. Floral “ “ F. Other “ “ 8. Black-and-White Photography (Amateurs only, minimum print size 5”x7) A. Portrait “ “ B. Landscape “ “ C. Animals “ “ D. Sports “ “ E. Floral “ “ F. Other “ “ 9. Crafts A. Metal craft “ “ B. Glass (stained, fused, slumped) “ “ C. Weaving “ “ D. Baskets “ “ E. Wood “ “ F. Leather craft “ “ G. Mosaic “ “ 11. Sculpture A. Assemblage “ “ B. Ceramic sculpture “ “ C. Stone or other subtractive methods “ “ D. Metal “ “ Youth – 15 years of age or younger. Categories are listed by group 12. Primary: 5 years of age and under A. Ceramics “ B. Hand built “ C. Wheel-thrown “ D. Decorative greenware “ E. Oil painting “ F. Acrylic “ G. Watercolor or tempera “ H. Pastel or chalk “ I. Crayon “ J. Pencil “ K. Colored pencil “ L. Marker “ M. Sculpture “ N. Charcoal “ O. Paper, quilling, papier-mache “ P. Scratchboard “ Q. Pen and Ink “ R. Color photography a. Portrait “ b. Landscape “ c. Animals “ d. Sports “ e. Floral “ f. Other “ S. Black-and-white photography a. Portrait “ b. Landscape “ c. Animals “ d. Sports “ e. Floral “ f. Other “ T. Leatherwork “ U. Metalwork “ V. Original logo creation “ W. Other than classified “ 13. Intermediate: 6-10 years of age A. Ceramics “ B. Hand built “ C. Wheel-thrown “ D. Decorative greenware “ E. Oil painting “ F. Acrylic “ G. Watercolor or tempera “ H. Pastel or chalk “ I. Crayon “ J. Pencil “ K. Colored pencil “ L. Marker “ M. Sculpture “ N. Charcoal “ O. Paper, quilling, papier-mache “ P. Scratchboard “

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Department G • FLOWER SHOW Marie Davis, Superintendent – 316 542 0054 Check in: Thursday, July 7, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Judging: Thursday, July 7, 10:30 a.m. Check out: Saturday, July 9, 8:00 p.m. Flowers must be grown by the exhibitor with the exception of Wildflowers and Class 6. Only one entry in each class may be made by same exhibitor or from same garden. Only fresh or natural dried materials may be used (no silk or artificial). Best of Show gift certificate presented by Flower Fair, Cheney. Junior Best of Show gift certificate presented by Johnson’s Garden Center, Wichita. Best of Show Award excludes purchased flowers. Judges will decide premium to be paid in classes with only one entry. Categories: A. Adult B. Junior 8-14 years C. Junior 7 years and younger Classes: 1. Single specimen flower First Second Third a. Rose $2.00 $1.50 $1.00 b. Dahlia “ “ “ c. Sunflower “ “ “ d. Gladiola “ “ “ e. Lilly “ “ “ f. Miscellaneous “ “ “ 2. Fresh arrangement (B) Buffet (C) Centerpiece a. Marigolds “ “ “ b. Zinnias “ “ “ c. Roses “ “ “ d. Wildflowers “ “ “ e. Sunflowers “ “ “ f. Mixed flowers “ “ “ g. Miniature (under 6” height) “ “ “ h. Special Occasion “ “ “ i. Holiday “ “ “ 3. Dried arrangements “ “ “ 4. House plants a. Foliage “ “ “ b. Blooming “ “ “ c. Succulent “ “ “ d. Outdoor planter “ “ “ 5. Miscellaneous “ “ “ Any flower, plant or dried arrangement that does not fit in any other class 6. Arrangement using purchased flowers a. Buffet “ “ “ b. Centerpiece “ “ “

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Literal ‘run to Cheney’ back at this year’s Fair Where &

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Run To Cheney Saturday, July 9 8-mile race • 6:30 a.m. 5K race • 7:30 a.m. 1-mile race • 8:30 a.m. Race day registration begins at 6 a.m. at Garden Plain High School #stillgoingtothefair

By Michael Buhler The Run to Cheney once again will feature a literal run to Cheney. For the second year in a row, the run will feature an eightmile run from Garden Plain to Cheney in addition to the one-mile and 5K races that are offered every year. The run is a Saturday highlight of the Sedgwick County Fair and will take place on July 9. Rich Simmons, Run to Cheney coordinator, sees the eightmile race as a chance to add extra excitement to the annual event. “The vast majority of our participants come from Cheney and we wondered (last year) if there was a bit of a ‘been there, done that’ attitude about the race,” Simmons said. “The fitness craze is still going strong, so we decided to offer a bigger challenge than just the 5K and one-mile races. The solution was obvious and right there in the name of the race – Run to Cheney.” The course of the eight-mile run will kick off at Garden Plain High School and head south on 295th Street West down to 23rd Street South. The course then will run west on 23rd to 359th Street West, then turn south on 359th to 31st Street South. From there, the course will run west to 375th Street

West (Hoover Street in Cheney), then turn south again and run to Second Avenue. The race will go west on Second until it gets to Main Street, where it will turn south and end at the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds – the traditional end of the other races in the Run to Cheney. The Run to Cheney began in 1984 with a starting line in the country that finished in Cheney. “The very first year, that’s what it was – a four-mile race from Lutheran Hill on old Highway 54 to the Citizens State Bank in Cheney,” Simmons said. The one-mile race will begin at the intersection of Main Street and Avenue A, run west on Avenue A to Marshall Street. From there, the course will turn north, then turn west on South Avenue over to Adams Street. The course will head north on Adams to Third Avenue, then head east back to Main Street. Once there, the course will turn south before ending just south of the original starting line. The 5K course will begin at the railroad tracks on Main Street, then head south down to MacArthur Road. From there, the course will head west to 391st Street West (Lake Road), then head north to Sixth Avenue before turning south onto Main Street and concluding just south of the intersection of Main and Avenue A.

Race participants have four options on registration. They can register in person at GoRun, located at 2556 N. Maize Rd. in west Wichita, until July 7 or at the Wish List, located at 115 N. Main in Cheney, until July 8. Participants also can register on race day (July 9) at 6 a.m. at the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds for the onemile and 5K races. Registration begins at 6 a.m. at Garden Plain High School for those competing in the eight-mile race. The eightmile race begins at 6:30 a.m., while the 5K race starts at 7:30 a.m. and the one-mile race starts at 8:30 a.m. Finally, participants also can register by mailing Race Director, P.O. Box 398, Cheney, KS 67025, with checks made payable to Cheney Running. Registration fees are $15 before race day and $18 on the day of the race, with an additional fee of $3 to participate in additional races. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each race, male and female, and to the top three finishers in each age group for each gender (excluding overall placers). For more information, email Simmons at rsimmons@ usd268.org or Kori Hague at khague@usd268.org.


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By Kallie Lampe A new competition is coming to the Sedgwick County Fair this year – one with a big visual impact. This year a barn quilt competition has been added to the 2016 Fair. A barn quilt is a large piece of wood that is painted to look like a quilt block. The piece is then hung on a barn, typically above the door. The quilts will be judged on appearance, creativity and construction. The Sedgwick County champion barn quilt will be automatically entered in the Kansas State Fair for competition. The state champion barn quilt will become property of the Kansas State Fair and put on permanent display in the Pride of Kansas Building with acknowledgement to the creator and year won. For barn quilts not selected to go on to the Kansas State Fair, additional classes will be open to the general public at the Kansas State Fair. “I’m excited that we will be a part of the statewide barn quilt competition,” said Jodi Besthorn, Sedgwick County 4-H Extension agent. “This decorative art form combines the beauty of quilt patterns with wood to make a decorating impact in the back yard or on garden sheds.  It’s a creative way to showcase a heritage skill in a new way.  It will be fun to go to the state fair and see all the entries from each county across the state.” Regulations include: the quilt must be two feet by two feet, the display cannot be diamond shaped or on point, the quilt needs to be prepared for hanging (the participant must supply the hooks) and the quilt must be on 3/8-inch or half-inch-thick exterior durable material. There will be two age groups to be judged: youth 18 and younger, and adult. Prize money for each age group will be awarded. First will be rewarded $25, second $15 and third $10. Online pre-entry is required by registering at http://tinyurl.com/barnquilt2016. Entries are limited to the first 25 received, first come, first served. There is no entry fee. Items must be entered by noon on Thursday, July 7, at the 4-H Building at the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds. Entries must remain on display until 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. For more information or questions, call Besthorn at 316-660-0111.

Follow the Fair online Everything you need to know about the Sedgwick County Fair is just a click away. Be sure to visit the Fair’s website. It’s your place to buy tickets for the Demolition Derby, the MTRL Monster Truck Show and this year’s country music concert featuring Neal McCoy! The website also has the downloadable forms you need for events like the Run to Cheney, the barbeque cookoff and more. You’ll be able to find the Open Class Rules, parade information and more. You’ll also find photo galleries, directions to the Fair and links to other import-

ant partners of the Sedgwick County Fair. The Fair also has a Facebook page. Just search “Sedgwick County Fair” and you’ll find it. And you can find the Fair on Twitter – @ourcountyfair. Look for schedule changes, weather updates and other last-minute information on Twitter and Facebook. The Fair is now on Instagram, too, so be sure to follow “OurCountyFair” and see everything that’s going on. Be sure to check the Fair’s social media pages for any last-minute schedule changes and weather updates.


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Local country singer returns to Fair By Sam Jack Since Adam Capps’ last performance at the Sedgwick County Fair, a year ago, he has expanded his ambitions considerably. A year ago, Capps was trying to balance the demands of fronting an active country music band with a full-time job teaching Spanish at Goddard’s Eisenhower Middle School. “Some of the students thought it was pretty cool, others didn’t really care, but I told them all what I was up to,” said Capps. “I brought a lot of music into the classroom. I have a ukulele, and we’d sing Spanish songs.” His students’ loss is area country fans’ gain. Capps saw his performance schedule filling up, saw some of his original songs catching on with listeners, and decided to take the leap of devoting himself to music full time. Capps did not even consider becoming a professional musician until he had already finished at Wichita State University and started his career as a teacher. He didn’t expect to be performing hundreds of times per year, but now he is really enjoying it. “Right now, I just want to focus on playing music,” said Capps. “Nashville, you go there for the business side of things, but if you really want to play and gain fans, you want to be touring. I love to perform, so I want to do that.” Capps is booked pretty much solid through November, he said, with shows planned in Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas and Kansas.

Adam Capps accompanies himself on electric guitar during a performance. The country singer recently quit his job as a teacher and is now touring with The Adam Capps Band full time.

At the Sedgwick County Fair, he will open for well-known artist Neal McCoy July 8. In the past year, he has opened for several other big names, including Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry and Easton Corbin. His high-energy approach makes him an appealing choice when concert organizers look for someone to get a crowd going. Garth Brooks’ style of live performance is an inspiration. “I’m big on running around, pumping

my chest and having a good time. People that have gotten to know us for our live performances know how much fun and how much energy we’ve got,” said Capps. Both of The Adam Capps Band’s two singles – “Play It Proud” and “I Call It Home” – are anthems designed for maximum impact on a stadium or arena crowd, with “Play It Proud” featuring an exciting, 33-second guitar solo after a subdued opening. “I Call It Home”

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River City Kids 4-H members do it all When you dream, dream big. And that’s what the 4-H club River City Kids has done this year. From meetings to events and competitions, River City Kids has done it all this year – including taking on the task of having several young members make lap quilts. Many of the members are in the clothing construction project, which inspired the idea. Amy Deters, leader of the quilt project and hobby quilter herself, created a spin-off on the clothing construction class for the kids, and she volunteered to help them make quilts. Each child to participate had to have experience in sewing and had be 10 years old or older. Children followed the same quilt pattern but with their own fabric. Each quilt has its own theme. The kids started on their quilts in the fall and are just now finishing (with some major breaks in between). An estimated 10-15 hours were spent making each quilt. “It’s amazing how different each looks because of their personality,” said Martina Holmes, a project leader for the River City Kids. The quilts will be entered into the 4H fiber arts quilting class to be judged. After they are judged participants will get to keep their own quilts. Other popular projects for the club are clothing construction, food and nutrition, and photography. The food and nutrition project has the largest amount of participation. This

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project has three different age groups: junior, immediate and senior. Each age group has two to three meetings or field trips per year. The seniors, or oldest members, also help teach the juniors, the youngest members, cook simple items or use proper kitchen techniques. Traditions are a big part of the Fair for the River City Kids. On Thursday the club always has a camp set up outside the 4-H buildings. While the 4-Hers’ items are being judged they have a daylong picnic. The club members hang out and eat while waiting on their items to be judged. Another tradition is the parade. Among the other events that the club members are involved in are shooting sports, the dog project and woodworking. “It’s a tradition that we always walk in the parade together and then will have root beer floats and our July meeting after,” said Holmes. The tradition started with the club always having a float in the parade so it became a play on words. The 4-H club also participates in a community service project once a month. The kids take it upon themselves to plan the service events. Service projects that the club has previously participated in include: decorating St. Anthony’s homeless shelter for Christmas, cleaning up the Great Plains Nature Center, providing centerpieces for the spina bifida banquet, a Christmas tree recycling program and helping set up Positive Aging Day at the Sedgwick County Extension Office.

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There are lots of sounds associated with the Sedgwick County Washer tournament Fair. One of the more Friday, July 9 • 2 p.m. distinct sounds is that of Basketball court metal washers striking Registration 1:30-2 p.m. wood during the annual washer tournament. Entry fee: $10 per 2-player Make plans now for team this year’s tournament, #stillgoingtothefair which will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, on the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds’ basketball court. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m., and the entry fee is $10 for each two-person team. The tournament will begin with pool play, and the top two teams in each pool will advance to the tournament portion of the competition. The organizers are Kenneth Albers and Craig Albers. For more information, call 316-540-3151.

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BBQ Cookoff returns to Fair By Sam Jack After a one-year hiatus, the Sedgwick County Fair BBQ Cookoff is back. With its attendant profusion of tasty meats and side dishes, the event is always a crowd favorite. Making barbecue that is prize-worthy is not a quick and easy task, according to Nate Grusing, who is organizing this year’s cookoff. “There’ll be about half of the guys that’ll smoke all night,” he predicted. “They can roll in with their (smoker) rigs and get them set up anywhere from 7 to 9 the night before, or in the morning. But 8 a.m. is the deadline; if you’re not there by then, you’re not in.” Competitors will have their food ready for judging by 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, and the People’s Choice tasting event will follow at 4 p.m. The cost to participate in the People’s Choice Award selection process is $7. “For your $7, you can go to every station and get as much as you want then vote. Your money is going to be buying a lot,” said Grusing. This year, chefs will compete in six categories: beans, pork, beef brisket, poultry, ribs and open. In addition to the overall People’s Choice Award, judges will award prizes in each division. Grusing is looking for volunteers to serve as official judges. The judges do not need any special expertise. They will evaluate entries on appearance, tenderness, texture and, most important, taste. “We’ll just give them a little overview before they start judging,” said Grusing. “We want to get people from the community.” Cooking barbecue is a satisfying hobby, in

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more ways than one, according to Grusing. “It’s about making great food. That’s what I enjoy – seeing people smiling, having a good time eating my barbecue. And at competitions, you get to hang out with all your smoker buddies. It’s a real community thing,” he said. The BBQ Cookoff will be held south of the Open Air Stage. To sign up as a judge or contestant, or to get more information, contact Grusing at 316-650-5029.

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After many years, these attendees are #stillgoingtothefair By Kallie Lampe For many locals, the Sedgwick County Fair is an event that is looked forward to all year long. Put simply, it becomes a tradition. Charlotte Ringer can remember going to the Fair since she was 8-10 years old. Her husband, Ronnie Ringer, started going to the Fair when he was 10 years old. Charlotte and Ronnie Ringer were both involved in 4-H. Ronnie, who belonged to the Goddard 4-H Club, showed Guernsey cattle. Charlotte was a member of the Schulte 4-H club, and participated in the fine arts and food exhibits, along with the parade. Both of them even participated in the 4-H band at one point. “Ronnie played the trumpet and I did the baton,” said Charlotte. The two met during a 4-H event and now have been married for 62 years. The Ringers, who grew up in and lived in Sedgwick County most of their lives, now run a bed and breakfast in Barber County. They still attend the Fair whenever they can.

“I’ve made baskets, quilts and beadwork all for the Fair,” said Voss. Voss also has helped take entries, helped judge and helped verify checkout process for the canning competition.

A little change doesn’t hurt Just like everything else, things change with time at the Sedgwick County Fair. One of the things Pat Compton enjoys the most at the Fair is volunteering to work her church’s Fair booth. Compton can remember when the United Methodist Church booth would serve food out of a tent. “The church only cooked one or two chickens for the Fair to even see if the chicken noodles would be a hit,” said Compton. “The building that we serve out of today was built by the United Methodist men a long time ago. We’ve just made improvements to it over the years.” Compton even helped put the first

Miss Sedgwick County Fair Queen competition on with help from her sorority. Compton’s husband, Homer, can remember when the pony pull was still at the Fair. One thing that remains the same for both is watching the slow-pitch softball tournament. “If you can’t find me in the church booth, you can find me at the ball field,” said Pat. “My children always participated in the tournament, and one year we had a team where we all were related.”

The next generation Abby Rhodes-Hudson is planning on returning to the Sedgwick County Fair again this year…and she’s bringing the kids. Even though Rhodes-Hudson now lives in Columbia, Mo., she comes back home for the Sedgwick County Fair as often as possible. A big hook for her is exposing her children to the Fair – just like she had been as a kid. “With my parents (Paul Rhodes and

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One of the great things about the Sedgwick County Fair is that there is something for everyone. Clara Voss has been going to the Fair ever since she met her husband, Leonard. She estimated she had been going for 63 years. Voss enjoyed going to the Fair because she was a home economics major at Friends University. While in college she liked looking at the sewing, food and canning entries. She also enjoyed looking at the animals. “I liked to go to the competition and see what they had,” said Voss. She has participated in a number of activities at the Fair.

Paul Rhodes and his grandson, Felix Hudson, enjoy the Ferris wheel at the Sedgwick County Fair. Felix’s mother grew up at the Fair.


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ABOVE: Ronnie Ringer, front row third from right, and Lois Foshee, standing far left, were part of the 4-H band in 1950. The band was directed by Byron Jacque. LEFT: Ringer is shown on a trailer with his Guernsey cow, Dixie. Nancy Bertholf is beside him with her calf. Charles Ott is on the tractor. Contributed photos/ Charlotte Ringer

Amy Crouch) being the publishers of the local newspaper, it was kind of a no-brainer,” said Rhodes-Hudson. “We weren’t just going to be at the Fair…we were going to live at the Fair.” Growing up, Rhodes-Hudson literally lived two blocks from the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds. It was standard practice for the kids in the Rhodes family to be on their own to make it to and from the Fair, and eventually catch up with one or the other of their parents, who were always working the Fair in some fashion. In addition to covering the Fair for the local newspaper, Paul and Amy were both dedicated volunteers at the Fair. “And I still am,” said Paul Rhodes. “It’s like the Supreme Court. It’s an appointment for life unless you can find someone to take your place.” Rhodes-Hudson remembers how easy it was as a kid to get money out of her parents to spend at the Fair. “It was the one time every year that

the spending rules just went out the window,” she said. “If you ran out of money, you just hunted down Mom or Dad.” Her memories of the Fair run the full spectrum, from exhibits to animals to events to the carnival. Now, she wants her own two children – 6-year-old Felix and `-year-old Margot – to have those same experiences growing up. To make that happen, Rhodes-Hudson brings them home to the Fair. “It’s pretty awesome seeing people I remember as a kid, and reliving those experiences on the Fairgrounds with my dad and my kids,” she said. “It’s very special having three generations of us together at the Fair.” For many attendees, the Sedgwick County Fair can have a lasting impact – which speaks to the Fair’s longevity and success. This year’s Sedgwick County Fair will take place at the Sedgwick County Fairgrounds Wednesday, July 6, through Saturday, July 9.

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