Bring the family and plan on spending the day at the 34th Annual County Fair scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.
The fair will feature entertainment around every corner of Cowtown’s grounds, re-creating the atmosphere of a real 1870’s-style community block party. Regular admission rates will be charged (see below).
Throughout the day, both kids and adults will have their pick of activities and entertainment that includes: Midway games; wheelbarrow, sack and three-legged races; tug-of-war competitions; live music; and a petting zoo with farm animals. And no county fair would be complete without lots of food – hot dogs, candy, chips, sarsaparilla and more.
Four special events on the County Fair’s lineup include:
Youth Talent Contest
11:30 a.m., Empire House
Youth between ages of 5-12 can sign up that day to dazzle the audience with singing, dancing or whatever unique talent they possess. The audience will pick the winner.
Free Ice Cream Social and Mock Political Debates
12:30 p.m., Gazebo behind Saloon
Part of Cowtown’s re-creation of an old-time mayoral race. Mock candidates will address the public as free ice cream is scooped out to hungry fair-goers.
Cutest Baby Contest
2:30 p.m., Train Depot
The contest is open to anyone who wants to show off their little ones. Just show up to participate. Two age categories: Under 12 months and 12-24 months. The audience will pick the winner.
Vintage Base Ball Tournament
all day, Farm Field near DeVore Family Farm
Five teams representing Wichita, Jetmore, Kan., Emporia, Kan., and Dallas will be competing for the Vintage Base Ball crown using 19th century rules and competing in period reproduction uniforms. The tournament schedule is posted on www.OldCowtown.org.
More information about Cowtown’s 34rd Annual County Fair is available by calling (316) 219-1871. Cowtown admission prices are: Adults, $7.75; senior citizens, $6.50; youth ages 12-17, $6; and children ages 4-11, $5.50. Children under 4 and museum members admitted free of charge.