There are many reasons to attend the Johnson County Fair. Photo courtesy of Adele L. Wilcoxen/Johnson County K-State Research and Extension


Tara Markley
County extension agent
The Johnson County 4-H/FFA Fair is a time honored tradition which 4-H families contribute to immensely. Youth work for several months on a variety of 4-H projects to be exhibited and judged at the fair. From small engines to photography there is something for everyone. The following is a list of the Top 10 highlights your family should come out and see.
10. Sunday, July 31 beginning at 4:30 p.m. is the Dog Show in the Livestock Pavilion. Youth and their dogs will compete in showmanship and obedience. If Sunday is not enough dog fun then come visit on Monday, Aug. 1 at 2:30 p.m. to see Rally O, or at 5 p.m. to see Agility.
9. Monday – Saturday the 4-H Clubs will have a food stand on the fair grounds to help support 4-H events for the entire year. Come out and enjoy some delicious food and also help support the 4-H programs.
8. Come out Friday, Aug, 5 around 8 p.m. and support the 4-H Youth Ambassadors as they facilitate the Barnyard Olympics. Teams of four (must include one adult over 18 and one female) will participate in a variety of wacky barnyard antics. There is a $5 entry fee per team. The ambassadors will use the funds for scholarships to help Johnson County 4-H’ers attend state 4-H events.
7. Night of Fun & Challenge Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 8 p.m. Youth can test their skills at some mutton bustin’ and greased pigs.
6. Want to enjoy a tasty treat? Come purchase cookies, cakes and snacks at the food auction, Tuesday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. Youth will sell their food projects to help support 4-H Food and Nutrition programming.
5. Poultry, Dairy Goats, and Swine oh my! Visit the fairgrounds on Wednesday, Aug. 3 during the day or evening to see a wide variety of livestock shown by 4-H’ers.
4. Is Fashion your thing? The Public Fashion Revue will take place at Wheat Ridge Middle School in Gardner, Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. Results from the judging earlier in the week will be announced and Johnson County 4-H youth will work the runway, modeling their fashion designs.
3. Want to see what 4-H is all about? Visit the 4-H Green Building which showcases hundreds of entries in 25 different project areas which 4-H’ers have worked on all year!. The photography project alone has over 300 entries. Don’t forget about the amazing flowers our youth have worked hard on which can be found in the Grange building.
2. Saturday, Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m. The 2016 “Blue Jeans and Country Dreams” Parade will begin in downtown Gardner.
Most Importantly….
1. Come out and witness our 4-H’ers’ hard at work. They have dedicated all year to providing great exhibits for you to enjoy. Bring the family and enjoy the many different activities going on during the week.
We look forward to seeing you at the Johnson County Fair.