Threshing Days, county fair to start

Two annual Marion County events are set for early August. Goessel’s Threshing Days will open at noon on Friday. A local gospel variety show and a low German talk by the Wilbert Bartel family will highlight the evening’s activities at 7:30 p.m. Steam-engine fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m.

Activities will resume Saturday with a parade down Main Street at 10:30 a.m. Threshing and other demonstrations will take place throughout the day. Entertainment will include local singer Jake Schmidt and voices from Goessel’s past, historic personalities portrayed by local actors. At 7 p.m., Henry Zamajski, a resident of Captain Goessel’s hometown in Poland, will be on hand to initiate a sister city arrangement with the city of Goessel. A gospel concert by the Wedel Brothers Quartet will follow.

A street dance, featuring Cactus Jack and Kansas Prairie Strings, is set for 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., downtown, Saturday.

A worship service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Demonstrations and other events will continue on the grounds until 5 p.m.

Marion County Fair

The Marion County Fair will kick off with a free 6 p.m. 4-H horse show, Aug. 4, in the Hillsboro arena. The rest of the fairgrounds open at 9 a.m. Aug. 6. The parade, which this year will travel down Ash Street due to downtown construction, starts at 6:30 p.m. The Kansas Men’s Chorus is set to perform in the pavilion at 7:30 p.m.

The rodeo takes center stage Aug. 7 and 8 in the arena. Action starts both days at 8 p.m. The annual demolition derby will highlight the evening Aug. 9. The show starts at 7 p.m.

Cornelson Fun Rides will be set up for the final four days of the fair.

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