Mark Taylor
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The state of Kansas celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary this year, and the Johnson County Fair is paying tribute to the Sunflower State with boot decorating and coloring contests.
There will also be dance instruction. Participants have been working all summer to decorate 4-foot plywood cowboy boots that will be placed on display throughout the fairgrounds.
The boots will be decorated with paint, fabric and other materials to demonstrate the fair’s theme of “Kick Up Your Heels: Celebrate Kansas’ 150th Birthday.”
The decorated boots will be judged on “creativity, originality and overall eye appeal.”
The deadline for entering the contest was June 1.
Children will have an opportunity to participate in a cowboy boot coloring contest.
The official coloring page can be downloaded at: jocokansasfair.com.
The boots may be decorated with crayons and other materials. Completed pages can be turned into the fair office from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. from July 30 to Aug. 6.
The entries will be displayed at the fair.
Ribbons will be awarded to each of the following categories: Youth 5 and younger, youth 6-12 and nursing home residents.
Fair organizers are also planning a “Kick Up Your Heels” dancing clinic at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 at the memorial stage.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn country two-step, line dancing, and more.
For more information, visit: jocokansasfair.com