February 9, 2016

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

Active Prairie Moon Club boasts 70 members

Alex Fiedler Club Reporter With nearly 70 members, Prairie Moon has had an extremely active and fun-filled year. Prairie Moon members excel in several project areas. Many members have Grand Champion livestock at several spring shows. The group boasts past Rodeo Queens, Mr. & Miss 4-H and Key Award winners and is also the home Continue Reading

Buccaneers 4-H Club crafts fun, successful year

Elizabeth Lang Club Reporter The Stanley Buccaneers 4-H Club is made up of many active members and dedicated families.  One of our many strengths as a club is encouraging each other and promoting a team spirit.  In this past year, our members hosted many project meetings along with sharing “top tips” on our projects at Continue Reading

Hands of Hope

Lauren Katosh Club Reporter Are you looking for a fun family activity to do this summer? Are you looking forward to try something new? Please come and join us at the Johnson County Fairgrounds for family activities for all ages. The fair takes place at the county fairgrounds from July 27-Aug 1. Local Johnson County Continue Reading

Flu concerns eliminate live poultry events at fair

Danedri Thompson dthompson@gardnernews.com Chicken and other poultry won’t be allowed at the Johnson County Fair this year. Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Jackie McClasky issued a stop movement order in June, canceling all poultry related shows and events in Kansas through the end of the year. The Johnson County Fair will run from July 27 to Continue Reading

Lucky Clover Club meets Tuesdays in Shawnee

Maddie Anderson Club Reporter The Lucky Clover 4-H Club meets at Gracepoint Church in Shawnee on the secondTuesday of every month. The active club has 27 members and is involved in community service and various 4-H activities. Lucky Clover’s community service activities have included a country fair at Rose Estates Assisted Living, donating food for the Continue Reading

Members of Johnson County Livestock Club look forward to fair week

Jack McCracken Club Reporter The Johnson County Livestock Club has had another incredible year. Members enjoyed many fun events including a lock-in, a hayride and bonfire, and a holiday party. Club leaders, Denise King and Mike Smith, help club members enjoy 4-H. The group hosted four successful livestock shows and had members recognized in many Continue Reading

Johnson County Horse Club

Madison Brown Club Reporter The Johnson County Horse Club members are excited that next week is the Johnson County Fair.  Several of our members will be not only showing their horses, but also their calves, steers or heifers, goats, sheep and pigs. Johnson County Horse Club members participating in the Fair are: Faith Wakefield, Madison Continue Reading