ORIGINALLY WRITTEN ALEEN RATZLAFF
For a dose of fun and challenge, you might try bull riding, paintball shooting and rock climbing Aug. 9-12 at the Marion County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro.
This year’s Marion County Fair will feature interactive inflatables, provided by Fun Services Midwest Entertainment out of Kansas City, which will replace the usual carnival rides on the Midway.
“We trying something different because we didn’t want to go without some kind of attractions at the fair,” said Chuck McLinden, president of Marion County Fair Board.
“It’s a changing time for all county fairs. We’re doing everything we can to make the fair the best it can be.”
Traditionally, county fairs are the venue for 4-Hers to display their projects.
“For the 4-H kids this is the time for them to show what they’ve done,” he said. “But we need the support community to keep it operating.”
Among other interactive attractions to try will be a paintless paintball shooting gallery and a mechanical bull.
“There will also be entertainment for youth and teenagers and that age group,” said Gina Andrews, fair manager.
A daily feature from noon to 10 p.m. will be the National Guard’s rock climbing attraction.
The Fort Riley Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard will ride in Wednesday’s parade, which will be routed from North Main to D Street and the fairgrounds.
The Color Guard also will perform later from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
The Midway will be open from Wednesday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., which is Family Day.
“We’re getting excited about the fair-it’s coming up pretty soon,” Andrews said.
Admission for attractions are wristbands at $5 per day and $10 for all day Saturday. Participants can purchase all-week wristbands for $20. Wristbands can be purchased at the fair ticket booth on the fairgrounds.
For information, call the Marion County Fair office at 620-947-3506.