It’s almost fair time in Gardner. The Johnson County Fair will run Aug. 2-7. Admission to the fairgrounds is free and includes entry into many events.

This year’s fair promises to be “Wild ‘n Wooly.” Fun events on store for everyone to enjoy include a four foot plywood sheep silhouette decorating contest, a sheep coloring contest, mutton bingo, wool spinning demonstrations, and “Dancing with Ewe” Thursday evening on the Memorial Stage where you can learn the country two-step and line dance the night away.

The Johnson County Fair features a wide variety of fun, family entertainment and includes an open youth rodeo, amateur flat track races, demolition derby, bull blast and barrel racing, carnival rides, a wide assortment of exhibits and booths, and nightly entertainment on the Midway Stage. Admission tickets for main events may be purchased onsite.

Main fair activities kick off Tuesday, Aug. 3, with the arrival of entries by 4-H and open participants. County fair is a big part of the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension 4-H program’s success. Fair is the time for youth and families to not only compete, but to celebrate another year’s work and accomplishment.

The carnival rides open at 5p.m. Tuesday. Family Fun Night begins at 6p.m. Also on tap that night are the dog show and 4-H and open class food auction. Be sure to bring the kids and the video camera for a Family Night of Fun and Challenge. Prizes and goodies will be awarded to contestants 12 and under in events like Cow Milking, Stick Horse Racing, Pedal Pull, Egg Gathering, Mutton Bustin’, Greased Pig, Calf Scramble and much more. The Bands in the Park swings into action at 7 p.m.

Market animals for the fair arrive Wednesday morning. Other key events scheduled are the poultry and livestock shows, goat milking demonstration, and a sheep-grooming contest. The free Firefighter and Police Demonstration starts at 7 p.m.

Hot laps for the Amateur Flat Track Races begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Other Thursday highlights include horse judging and more livestock and rabbit shows.

On Friday, beef judging begins at 8a.m., followed by livestock judging at 2p.m. Bull Blast and Barrel Racing  starts at 7p.m. The 4-H Market Round Robin Showmanship Contest is at 7:30 p.m.

The annual Johnson County Fair Parade continues the “Wild ‘n Wooly” theme Saturday at 10:30a.m. Features include floats, riders on horseback, marching bands, clowns, and antique vehicles. The 4-H/FFA project and market animal sale is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday.

For a detailed listing of events, schedules, fees and directions visit or call the Fair Information Line at (913)856-8860, or the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension office at (913)715-7000,  or visit the office online at