1. County fair
The Harvey County Fair will get into full swing this week at the fairgrounds, 800 West First.
Exhibit set up will start Wednesday, with livestock setup starting Thursday. Things kick into gear as of Friday, with exhibitor registration — and some judging — Friday night. The carnival will open up Friday at about 6 p.m. and operate from 6 to 11 p.m every night through Aug. 8.
The annual rodeo will get started Friday night in the Saddle Club Arena on south of First Street
Saturday will be a full day, with the annual Market in the Park all day long in Athletic Park. Highlights of the day include a pedal tractor pull at 9:15 a.m. in Athletic Park, 11 a.m. turtle races and the annual parade downtown at 5:30 p.m. Saturday's finale will be night two of the annual rodeo.
Sunday will feature a church service at 8:30 a.m., animal shows and the annual Demolition Derby.
Monday will feature more animal shows. In the evening there will be a dog costume contest at 6:30 p.m. — with an ATV rodeo across the street.
2. Demo Derby
It is the biggest event at the fair each year, with thousands of fans cheering on the destruction of cars in the derby ring. Dozens of drivers will compete for cash prizes and the championship. The last car running wins.
The annual Demolition Derby will be in the derby ring south of First Street.
3. Fill the bus
The annual Fill the Bus school supply drive by Harvey County United Way and Wal-Mart will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 5 at Wal Mart, 1700 S. Kansas Ave. This year Carter's, Faith and Life Book Store, the Heart-to-Heart Child Advocacy Center and Kansas Christian Home are joining in as collection centers.
The Fill the Bus drive is a different kind of school supply drive — it is designed to get teachers the supplies they need to start the year in their classrooms. Teachers fill out wish lists and submit them to the United Way. Those shopping lists will be available Aug. 5 for those wanting to help fill them.
4. Make a trip to Goessel
Farming, food and fun will be the focus of this year's County Threshing Days, held Aug. 4, 5 and 6 at the show grounds next to the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum, 200 N. Poplar in Goessel.
More than 100 exhibitors will come to display and demonstrate antique equipment related to farming during the past century. Younger generations can learn how much manual labor was involved in farming decades ago. Even with the help of machines, farmers had to work without the aid of air conditioning or GPS.
Attendees can watch two parades on Aug. 5 — the first at 9:30 a.m. and the Parade of Power at 1 p.m.
Keith's Foods will serve up three meals each day of the event. Attendees can enjoy a Low-German meal from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 5 at the Goessel Elementary School, 500 E. Main St. The lunch will include traditional favorites like verenika with ham gravy, German country sausage, zwieback, cole slaw, bierocks, cherry moos and New Year's cookies.
Admission for County Threshing Days is $5 at the gate or $4 in advance and free for children under 12 years of age. Admission buttons good for all three days are available at Keith’s Foods, 216 E. Main St. in Goessel and the Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum.
5. Hear some music
The 4Given Quartet, a singing group from Hutchinson, will perform in Newton Aug. 6
Considered a southern gospel quartet, the group will perform at 6 p.m. at St. Luke Evangelical Church, 808 E. Sixth. There will be an ice cream social at the church following the concert.
The quartet has performed at Spring Lake RV Resort near Hutchinson, as part of the National Day of Prayer observance in Hutchinson and on the Lake Talbott and Bretz Arena stages at the Kansas State Fair. In 2016, 4Given performed with Legacy Quartet at the Fox Theatre of Hutchinson.