While you won’t find any live lions, tiger or bears at the Harvey County Free Fair, there should be something for all ages to enjoy Friday through Tuesday.


This story first appeared in the July 30 editionof the Kansan.

While you won’t find any live lions, tiger or bears at the Harvey County Free Fair, there should be something for all ages to enjoy Friday through Tuesday.

Exhibits from county 4-H members as well as the general public will be on display.

The scale to weigh the livestock has been certified and setup begins today for the five-day event that showcases projects from around the area exhibited by people from 6 to 90 years old.

This year’s event may have a few changes, but its still an event for the whole family, said Ann Religa, 4-H and youth agent for Harvey County Research and Extension.

The carnival will be on the west side of the livestock building in the open area on the north side of First Street.

“While the carnival “While the carnival has been moved to a new location for this year,” Religa said, “the parade will remain on Main Street.”

Since the construction work on Main Street has moved farther north, the route from Ninth Street to the railroad tracks has been approved. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ninth and Main streets and head south from there.

Something 4-H members are trying this year is a new event — cow paddy bingo. The event will take place each day during the livestock shows. Tickets can be purchased at the concession stand or in the livestock barn. The square with the largest amount of coverage will be the winner each day. Each of the five winners will receive a fifth of the funds raised as a prize.

Religa said the number of fair entries seems about average for this year and it should be a good turnout.

The overall lineup of events is the same as in years past.

Open class judging will begin Friday evening along with small 4-H project judging that includes rockets, woodworking, and arts and crafts.

The livestock judging will take place at various times throughout the five days of the county fair.

A rodeo is planned for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. The demolition derby will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and at 7:30 p.m. Monday will be the annual Bull Blowout.

Religa said an interesting event to see is the dog costume contest at 1 p.m. Monday.

“It’s always fun to see what the exhibitors have decided to dress their dogs up like,” she said.

A new robotics project has been added to the list of entries. Religa said the project will be set up in a booth beginning Saturday.

“It’s good, wholesome fun for the whole family, so everyone is invited to come out to see what local youth and other community members have done,” Religa said.