County fair schedule has some changes this year
The 82nd annual Leavenworth County Fair will have some significant changes in scheduling for this year's installment, slated for Aug. 12-16 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.
Main events during some of the evenings have been moved up a day.
For instance, the fair parade through downtown Tonganoxie that eventually progresses to Evans Street, which is north of the fairgrounds, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12. In previous years, the event was held on Wednesdays. As in the past, the draft horse pull will follow the parade.
The schedule for the rodeo, which will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13 and Thursday, Aug. 14, has also changed this year. The rodeo had been held on Thursdays and Fridays in the past.
"The reason we did that, we wanted to open up Friday night to put on another kind of event to generate more income to improve the grounds," said fair board president David Todd.
The new event will be a Mud Run on Friday, Aug. 15. Hot rod trucks with large tires will drive through a pit of mud 150 feet long. Water fills the dirt pit to make for a "slurry muddy consistency," Todd said.
"They race through that against the clock to see how fast they can get through it," he said. "Some guys can't get all the way through."
The event will be held north of the northern-most parking at the fairgrounds, or where recreation commission soccer is played.
The fair board sold 5 acres to the recreation commission for land where additional ball fields will be built. As part of the agreement, the rec commission put in a crossing so the fair board could have access to the other portion of its land, which is separated by a creek. The mud run will be held on the other side of the fairground property on the north side of the creek.
Todd said final preparations for the event, such as temporary lights and other logistics, are still being hammered out.
He said plans are in the works to use shuttles to take people to the mud run from the fair. Some bleachers will be brought in, but the natural hillside will serve as seating as well, so people are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the event.
The one event that will not change its day is the demolition derby, which will be held Saturday, Aug. 16.
Todd also stressed that one change from what was published in the fair book deals with where children who are participating in the parade may be picked up. Students may be picked up at Third and Evans streets.
For more coverage of the Leavenworth County Fair, see upcoming print editions of The Mirror.