November 29, 2015

Sen. Moran to present fair tax forum Aug. 17

Sen. Jerry Moran will host a forum on U.S. tax reform in Olathe next week. Doors will open for the forum at 6 p.m. on Aug. 17 at the Olathe Community Center, 1205 E. Kansas City Rd. Moran is a sponsor of the Fair Tax Act of 2015, legislation that would overhaul and simplify the Continue Reading

Fair e Tail Farewell

Gardner Community Garden volunteers line-up awaiting commencement of the Johnson County Fair Parade. The annual event takes place on the final Saturday of the Johnson County Fair. Garden volunteers costumed as vegetables took to the streets to let people know about the community garden. The costumes did not reflect the fair’s theme, “Fair e Tails.”

Locals win livestock showmanship

4-H members from Gardner, Edgerton and Spring Hill won their divisions in livestock Round Robin Showmanship. The competition was held at the Johnson County Fair on July 31. With their victories, the trio will be eligible to compete Sept. 11-20 at the upcoming Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. Logan Allen, 16 of Edgerton, won the Continue Reading

Organizations network with goal to help veterans

Danedri Thompson 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

Special livestock show scheduled for July 31

Danedri Thompson 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

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

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

County fair blows into town July 27

It’s not a fairy tale, but it typically has a pretty happy ending. The Johnson County Fair kicks off July 27 with the sweet aroma of cotton candy, the sound of kids laughing, the mesmerizing lights of the Ferris wheel and the crowds at the grandstand. Fair enthusiasts, 4-H members, funseekers and plenty of livestock Continue Reading