The Harvey County Free Fair — complete with 4-H and FFA competitions, a rodeo, a parade, a kid’s ag fest and a demolition derby — will be Friday through Tuesday at the fairgrounds in Newton.

The fairgrounds are at First and Grandview streets in Newton. There is no cost to get into the fair, but there are costs to go to some special events, such as the rodeo, demolition derby and Bull Blow Out.

There also will be a carnival with rides and games, and concession stands selling food and drinks.

There are a couple of new additions to the fair this year.

Ann Religa, Harvey County Extension’s 4-H and youth agent, said the 4-H livestock auction at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday now will include the auctioning of champion food items.

Food items also are auctioned off during the 4-H silent auction from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday in the Harvey County 4-H Building, which is air conditioned.

“All of the foods that come to the fair will be auctioned off — plates of cookies, platters of assorted cookies, cakes by themselves, platters of rolls,” Religa said. “It’s a chance to get great food for not much money.”

Also returning this year is the turtle race, which hasn’t been an event at the fair for 10 or 15 years. It will be at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“It sounds like we’ll have good weather for the fair so we hope people come out and enjoy it,” Religa said.

Events include:


• Newton Saddle Club Rodeo — 8 p.m. Cost — $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 through 12 and free for those 5 and younger.


• Newton Saddle Club Rodeo — 8 p.m. Cost — $5 for adults, $3 for children 6 through 12 and free for those 5 and younger.

• Pedal pull — 8:30 a.m. registration and 9:15 a.m. start.

• Turtle race — 12:30 p.m. registration and 1 p.m. start.

• Fair parade — 6 p.m. The fair will start at Main and Eighth streets and proceed on Main to Fifth Street. Fair entries will line up between Eighth and 11th streets.

• Fair Safety Day — 7 p.m. The event will include displays of emergency services vehicles including a helicopter, a mobile command post and Newton’s new ladder truck. There also will be demonstrations by the police K-9 unit and demonstrations of Tasers in action.

• Kids’ Ag Fest — 9 a.m. to noon. This event will include a kiddie tractor pull, tubs of grains so children can see what they look like, a money scramble and a stream erosion wagon with running water in which kids can see how pollution affects the environment.

• 4-H food silent auction — 4 to 8 p.m. in the Harvey County 4-H Building.

• Poultry show — 2 p.m.

• Swine show — 7:30 p.m.


• Demolition Derby — 6:30 p.m. Cost — $8 for adults and $3 for children.

• Bucket calf show — noon.

• Beef show — 1:30 p.m.

• Rabbit show — 1 p.m.

• Dairy show — 6:30 p.m.


• Bull Blow Out — 7:30 p.m. Cost — $4 for adults and $2 for children 11 and younger.

• Meat goat show — 1 p.m.

• Breeding sheep show — 10 a.m.

• Market lamb show — 10:30 a.m.


• Round Robin showmanship — 6:30 p.m. This event includes the senior and intermediate champions from each of the six animal species competing against each other to be grand champions.

• 4-H livestock and champion food auction — 7:30 p.m.