Written by Patty Decker Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:03
It’s time to complete those fair entries, purchase tickets and get ready for the 82nd annual Marion County Fair from July 25 to July 28.
“At the Hop,” is this year’s theme and organizers say the four-day event promises to deliver old-fashioned fun, mixed in with some new and familiar activities and events.
Kicking off the festivities, according to Kelli Savage, fair manager, will be several 4-H events prior to the official opening.
The annual parade will start at 6:30 p.m. from North Main to D Street to the fairgrounds, followed by a pedal pull, watermelon feed, rodeo and a free “sock hop” dance at the pavilion.
“The Goessel Goal Getters 4-H Club is sponsoring the 1950s sock hop dance,” she said. “Everyone is encouraged to come dressed in their favorite ’50s outfit and demonstrate their jitterbugging or mashed potato skills to the music.”
The dance will include a DJ and is free to the public.
A popular event returning this year is the Kids Pedal Tractor Pull, open to children ages 4 through 12.
“The event is free and the first 50 participants will receive a complimentary pedal pull T-shirt, compliments of the pedal pull sponsors,” she said.
The top three finishers in their respective age groups will be eligible to compete at the 2012 Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
Pre-registration begins at 6 p.m. July 25, with the event starting at 7 p.m.
The pedal tractor pull is located between the 4-H and Foods building at the fair grounds.
“It is strongly recommended that contestants wear shoes and no flip-flops,” Savage said.
The MCF Association in cooperation with Straub International of Marion is sponsoring an Agriculture Challenge of Champions starting at 2 p.m. July 21 at the Foods Building on the fairgrounds.
“The purpose of the competition is to recognize our outstanding Marion County 4-H or FFA Agriculture and livestock oriented youth,” Savage said.
The event has three age divisions competing in several areas associated with agriculture and livestock, she said.
Areas emphasized include a written test concerning the total agricultural/livestock industry, farm equipment and farm management.
“Participants will also identify the following: livestock equipment, all breeds of livestock, retail cuts of meat, common crops, plant or seed, common weeds, agronomic items, concentrate or roughage, tractor parts, along with a possible interview on current agriculture topics,” she said.
Cash awards and agriculture related prizes will be awarded based on the division.
Another event slated for July 21, she said, is the Women's Ranch Rodeo starting at 7 p.m.
Rodeo and Muttin Bustin’
This year’s fair will again host the Kraft Rodeo Co., in cooperation with MCFA and Rodeo sponsors, providing fairgoers with two nights of one of the oldest sports in America.
“The MCFA’s loyal sponsors support all aspects of the rodeo from barrel racing, saddle bronc, muttin bustin’, bull riding and steer wrestling, just to name a few of the jaw-dropping events,” she said.
The rodeo begins at 8 p.m. on July 25 and July 26.
“Local entrants are welcome and encouraged to participate too,” Savage said.
For more information or to register, call Steve Kraft at 620-200-4081.
Tickets for one night or a two-night combination of the rodeo can be purchased at the arena ticket office. Prices are $6 for adults or $10 for both nights; children ages 6 to 12 will be $5.
Children under age 5 are free with a paid adult ticket.
Truck, antique tractor pull
The Truck and Antique Tractor Pull will get under way at 7 p.m. July 27 in the fair arena.
“Trucks were added last year to the event and were very successful,” Savage said, “so we are again pulling trucks this year. “The event will be local talent competing for prizes and brand bragging rights.”
In addition, there are several divisions of tractor competition.
Registration of trucks and tractors begin at 5 p.m. with a drivers meeting to follow at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at the arena ticket office: $6 for adults, $5 for children, ages 6 to 12 and free to those 5 and under with a paid adult ticket.
“Local participation is strongly encouraged,” she said, “so tune them up and pull them for fun.”
For more information, call Myron Regier at 620-367-8277.
The 40th annual Marion County Fair demolition derby starts at 7 p.m. July 28.
“The demo derby continues to be a fan favorite and this year will be no different with local participation encouraged,” Savage said.
The deadline to pre-register is July 23 with entry forms and rules available at Arlie’s Paint Body & Glass, Carquest, NAPA/Marion Auto, Rod’s Tire and Webster’s Auto, or by calling 620-381-0109.
Tickets can be purchased at the arena ticket booth: $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under are free with a paid adult ticket.
“The demo derby has a dedicated team of sponsors that have assisted the fair board in providing the demo derby for the past 40 years,” she said.
Savage highlighted several other features at this year’s fair.
“In the Foods Building, we will have Lorenzo’s BBQ and Smoked Meat,” she said.
“Their tentative serving hours will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. July 25, 26 and 27 and possibly open Saturday evening.”
“Come and enjoy a sit down meal in an air conditioned building during your time spent at the fair,” she said.
Other food vendors will also be available, including the Marion County 4-H clubs with a concession stand in the 4-H building from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 25, 26 and 27.
“They will be serving sloppy joes, hot dogs, chili dogs, nachos, taco salad, homemade pie and drinks with breakfast also being served,” Savage said.
J's Tropical Sno also plans to offer fairgoers a way to beat the heat by offering a variety of sno cones, she said. J's Tropical Sno will be outside on the southeast side of the 4-H building.
“The Hillsboro Lions/Leo Club will again be serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers, funnel cakes, popcorn, fried tators, drinks and more during evening fair events,” Savage said.
“Bring a friend or your neighbor and enjoy some great food and fun while viewing 4-H livestock shows/exhibits, kids pedal pull competition, evening fair events and numerous other events,” she said.
For more information, visit the fair website at: sites.google.com/site/marioncountyksfairassociation or call 620-381-0109.
Tickets for fair events can be purchased at the ticket office on the fair grounds.