October 8, 2015

Organizations network with goal to help veterans

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com They came from as far as Riley County and as near as Gardner with one goal – to form a network in support of military service members and veterans. Joining Community Forces, a loosely-affiliated group of organizations and service providers, met in Gardner on July 21. Approximately 30 representing dozens of organizations Continue Reading

Dog days

A 4-H member shows off her dog’s obedience skills on July 27. The dog obedience judging was one of the first events at the Johnson County Fair. The fair continues throughout the week with a variety of events, including a youth rodeo, a livestock show, carnival rides and live music. The final day of fair Continue Reading

Lions Club breakfast set

The Gardner Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast on Aug. 1. Proceeds of the event benefit local projects including Lions Club scholarships. The all-you-can-eat breakfast will include pancakes and sausage and biscuits and gravy. Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Aug. 1 at the Gardner Senior Citizens Building, 128 Continue Reading

Special livestock show scheduled for July 31

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Several area special needs youth will be chasing memories during a special event at the Johnson County Fair. Fifteen 12-18 year-olds are set to compete in the first “Chasing Memories” Livestock Show at 5 p.m. on July 31 at the Livestock Pavilion on the Johnson County Fairgrounds. The event will pair 15 Continue Reading

Come Ye to the Fair

A 4-H competitor awaits her turn to show off her dog’s obedience skills. During the event, competitors walked their dogs through an obstacle course under the watchful eye of several judges. Dogs were required to sit at certain spots, walk in a circle, walk slowly from one point to the next and face in different Continue Reading

All-state soccer team includes 3 lady Bronco players

Mikayla Smith led an impressive list of Spring Hill High School lady Broncos recently named to the Kansas State Girls All-State Soccer team. Smith earned first team honors while Sydney Shoemaker and Abigail Mikesell took second team awards. Smith led Class 1-4A in scoring with 30 goals, helping Spring Hill to a 13-6 record and Continue Reading

Johnson County fair rich in historic tradition

Adele L. Wilcoxen County Extension Office The Johnson County Fair wasn’t always in Gardner. McCamish, north of Edgerton hosted Kansas’ first county fair in 1858. It wasn’t until the Civil War ended that a fair would return to the county. Gardner held a fair in 1865, which included agriculture, industrial and domestic exhibits. Olathe had Continue Reading

County government welcomes fairgoers

Just like most of us remember a favorite childhood fairy tale, visitors to the Johnson County Fair make memories that last a lifetime. This year we celebrate those memories with the theme, “Fair E Tails.” Whether it’s the thrill of competing in a livestock event, the excitement of a carnival ride of the taste of Continue Reading

County fair culminates with annual town parade

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Horses, politicians and the Gardner Edgerton High School marching band will help make the Johnson County Fair parade a fair e tail on Saturday morning. The annual parade starts at 10:30 a.m., but traffic will be disrupted long before then. Parade participants will start lining up at 8:30 a.m. checking in at Continue Reading

Local volunteers to lead parade as grand marshalls

The Johnson County Fair Association has named Bill and Patty Gay as Grand Marshalls of the Johnson County Fair Parade. The parade is set for 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 1. Bill was raised in Gardner by Helen and Wilbur Gay, who were active members of the Gardner community. Growing up in Gardner, Bill was active in Continue Reading