Archive for Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wyandotte County Fair under way at the Woodlands

July 31, 2008

The Wyandotte County Fair that got under way this week at the Woodlands Race Park will offer a weekend of activities for the whole family.

"Everyone can expect to have a lot of fun," said Jennifer Hauk, fair director. "We have all different kinds of things that will attract lots of different people and be interesting for everybody."

She said the fair is designed to be entertaining for people of all ages and families. And just like in previous years, this year's fair has a sample of new activities intended to do just that.

"We just always look for new entertainment that will get people out here," Hauk said.

There will be a space shuttle flight simulator on display while the fairgrounds are open. The simulator will allow people to sit inside a vessel designed to look like a space shuttle and feel what it is like to launch into space as an astronaut.

Also new will be the BP Invigorate display, which will have interactive activities, such as a surfboard simulator and marathon calculator. For the adults, they will have the opportunity to learn about ways to keep their car running younger for longer. There will also be chances to win prizes and a BP gift card.

A special attraction for tonight and Friday night is the demolition derby. The derby will start at 7:30 p.m. and will cost adults $8 for advance tickets or $10 on the day of the show, and children, ages 6-11, and seniors, $4 for advance tickets and $5 the day of the show.

Saturday, however, is when the events really kick into high gear, starting at 6 p.m. with the Stompers 4x4 Mud Run.

Activities heat up event more over at the Cabela's Wild-Game Cookoff. Contestants can prepare their favorite wild-game dish to bring to be judged by an independent panel of judges. Pre-entry is encouraged but not required. Fish entries are at 6:30 p.m., feather/foul entries are at 6:45 p.m., fur entries are at 7 p.m. and jerky/summer sausage entries are at 7:15 p.m. Winners will be announced at 7:30 p.m. with pries of $50, $25 and $10 going to the first-, second- and third-place winners.

Also on Saturday will be a fireworks display at 10:15 p.m.

Throughout the weekend there will be free, live stage performances every night of the fair. Performing 7-8 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. today is Dennis Lafoon; 7-8 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, will be Marvin Hill and the Houston Brothers. And the three performances on Saturday, Aug. 2, will be Cowtown Cloggers from 2-3 p.m., Vanilla Blues Band 4-6 p.m. and The Big Dave Show 7-8 p.m.

In addition to the scheduled events throughout the weekend, there will be several attractions running continuously, including clowns, a petting zoo, pig races, a magic show, a canine stunt show, a carnival and food vendors.

Fair gates open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. today and Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the fair is free and parking is $3. For more information about fair events and for a full schedule of events, visit the Web Site wycofair.com.

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