By Doug Graham

GIRARD, Kan. — Organizers of the Crawford County Fair promise plenty of fun for the family — and some wanton destruction, too.

The fair at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in Girard starts at 9 a.m. today with animal showcases and 4-H events. A rodeo is scheduled for 8 p.m. today and Thursday. Tickets for the rodeo cost $8 for adults and $3 for children.

On Friday, the schedule includes a Kiddie Tractor Pull and a “Tuff Trucks” competition.

“It’s kind of like a demolition derby, but with trucks instead of cars,” said Anna Mae Brown, an agent with the Crawford County Extension Office, which helps plan the fair.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, drivers will duke it out in a demolition derby for a $2,000 grand prize.

Brown said the demolition derby is one of the biggest attractions at the fair, which draws thousands of visitors each night.

“We’re expecting a good lot of exhibits for people to see when they come,” Brown said.

While most of the fair is free, tickets for the demolition derby cost $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the grandstand ticket booth.

Brown said there will be plenty of entertainment for those who don’t want to spend a dime.

“There’s no charge for parking,” she said. “If they choose to look at the exhibits and listen to the music, then there’s no cost.”

Various rock ’n’ roll and country performers will be on stage each night.

Brown advised everyone who attends to bring at least a dollar for homemade ice cream.

“You’ve got to come out here and have the 4-H ice cream,” she said, listing off the flavors: peach, pineapple, chocolate and vanilla. “It’s quite a tradition at the Crawford County Fair.”

On the Net

Information on the events planned for the Crawford County Fair is available at The site includes the full fair schedule, along with the rules and regulations for each event.

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