Blue jeans and country dreams.
Quietly, but steadily, fair volunteers are organizing, cleaning and preparing for the upcoming fair.
While fair goers enjoy the sights and sounds of the annual Johnson County Fair, volunteers work tirelessly year round to make it possible.
It’s a process so well-oiled, the fair almost seems to function on its own.
4-H clubs work each year to meet, plan and prepare projects to exhibit.
The Gardner Edgerton Chamber takes entries and sponsors the parade.
Year round, fair board members meet, prepare and plan.
The fair grounds are kept in repair, schedules set and events planned.
By the time fair week arrives, it’s as if by magic a carnival and food stands appear, and the buildings fill with livestock and 4-H entries.
The rides are ready. The buildings are slowly filling up with the fur and feathers of 4-H animals. The arena is spiffed up and ready for ropers and wranglers to take center stage all throughout the week.
Flat track races and the demo derby entertain hundreds, if not thousands of fairgoers.
Most attendees are focused on the sounds of laughter and aroma of funnel cakes and fail to notice the purposeful work of volunteers who, with a smile and nod, take tickets, judge entries or clean the grounds.
Fair board members and volunteers rarely seek acknowledgement.
They don’t seek the spotlight or beg for a pat on the back.
They just do the job, and they do it well.
This year’s Blue Jeans and Country Jeans will be a success.
We have no doubt.
Thanks to all those who worked to make it possible.
See you at the Fair the first week of August!