Mark Taylor
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This year’s Johnson County Fair arena events begin with the Open Youth Rodeo at 7 p.m. on Aug. 8. Admission is free for children 5 and younger, $3 for children 6 to 12, and $7 for ages 13 and older.
The Family Night of Fun and Challenge starts at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9. Activites include a pedal pull, cow milking, stick horse race, egg gathering, mutton bustin’, calf scramble and a greased pig contest. Mutton bustin’ is limited to the first 50 participants to sign up. Entries are accepted at the ticket booth. Admission is free.
A pedal pull contest starts at 6 p.m. with check-in at 5 p.m. Cow milking, pedal pull, stick horse racing, egg gathering and other fun activities are planned for 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mutton bustin’, a calf scramble, and a greased pig race are set for 8 p.m. Visit jocokansasfair.com for new mutton bustin’ rules.
A free Touch-A-Truck event at 7 p.m. on Aug. 10 will allow youth and adults to explore various types of vehicles. The list of vehicles has yet to be finalized, but may include fire trucks, farm equipment, motorcycles, cement trucks, police cars, power company trucks and garbage trucks.
Amateur Flat Track Racing begins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 with hot laps at 6 p.m. Admission is free for ages 5 and younger, $6 for ages 6 to 12, and $12 for ages 13 and older. The popular Bull Blast and Barrel Racing competition starts at 7 p.m. on Aug. 12. Admission is free for ages 5 and younger, $6 for ages 6 to 12, and $12 for ages 13 and older.
Rounding out the week’s arena events is the Demolition Derby, which gets underway at 7 p.m. on Aug. 13. Admission is $12 for all ages. In the event of rain, the derby will be rescheduled for Aug. 20.