Carnival rides, funnel cakes and corndogs are just a few of the items that make the Johnson County Fair special.
Add to that the sights and sounds of animal auctions, rodeo, parade, 4-H exhibits and demolition derby, and you are just beginning to capture the essence of what makes the annual event enjoyable for old and young alike.
There’s something for everybody.
The fair is a county staple, as much a part of our culture as eggs and ham or ice cream and cake.
And like any “good cook” the Johnson County Fair Association makes organizing the event look easy, as do the Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce committee members who put on the parade every year.
But although it may look deceptively easy to fairgoers; a lot of activity takes place behind the scenes year around; and most of that planning falls squarely on the shoulders of volunteers.
Those volunteers do everything from booking talent and scheduling events to setting up displays and manning booths, taking tickets or notating parade entries.
A lot of effort goes into the planning of what oldtimers call “Fair week.”
Too often, those volunteers go unnoticed.
But they’re there.
And they’ve been there all year.
Taking time out of their schedules to make the Johnson County Fair an annual success.
If, while you’re walking the midway, buying tickets for an arena event or enjoying any of the many activities, you see a volunteer; stop and say “thanks.”
Let them know their hard work is appreciated.