By Andra Bryan Stefanoni
GIRARD, Kan. —
The 96th annual Crawford County Fair kicks off today and will run through Saturday at the fairgrounds just east of Girard.
Each day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., 4-H and open class projects in arts, crafts, textiles, agriculture, foods, and livestock including horses, sheep, cattle, goats and hogs will be on display. Weigh-ins and livestock shows will be conducted each day. The 4-H livestock sale will be held Saturday.
Today’s grandstand event will be the rodeo, with the grand entry and queen contestant introduction beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and younger. The rodeo will continue Thursday night, and the Crawford County Fair queen will be crowned. Both nights will include a round of bull poker and a calf scramble for children.
On Friday, the second Red Dirt Friday Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m., featuring No Justice from the Texas country music circuit. Tickets are available in advance online at www.outhousetickets.com for $15 plus applicable fees. The prices is $20 at the gate.
On Saturday, the McCune/Girard Young Farmers & Ranchers, along with the Crawford County Fair Association, will present the annual demolition derby. Tickets will be available at the booth starting at 5:30 p.m. A limited number of tickets are available online at www.outhousetickets.com. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12.
In addition to the grandstand shows, free musical performances will be presented on the Midway Stage. The lineup includes Area 51 today, Shane Duling on Thursday, Clean Slate on Friday and Prairie Moon on Saturday.
This year’s fair includes no carnival, but 1-2-3 Bounce of Fort Scott will have a variety of inflatable activities for all ages. Each day from 6 to 9 p.m., the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department will register children at no charge for the Ident-a-Kid Program at the mobile command post.
Want to go?
BECAUSE KANSAS HIGHWAY 47 is closed for a bridge replacement project, organizers are advising that fairgrounds traffic use alternative routes. Directions from Pittsburg and Joplin: Travel north on U.S. Highway 69 to the stoplight at 590 Avenue. Turn west and travel to 190th Street. Turn north on 190th Street and travel to Highway 47. Turn west onto Highway 47. The fairgrounds is the last stop before road construction. Enter through the north gates.