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Wyandotte County FairA carnival is part of the annual Wyandotte County Fair, to be held July 23 to 27 at the fairgrounds, 13700 Polfer Road, Kansas City, Kan. (File photo from 2012 by Steve Rupert)
Wyandotte County Fair
The five-day Wyandotte County Fair July 23-27 will feature arena events, a carnival, 4-H exhibits and free stage entertainment.
One of the new events this year will be the NASA Driven to Explore display, said Jennifer Hauk, director of the county fair. The display, about 28 feet long and 17 feet high, will be a walk-through experience where guests will learn about the role the international space station plays in human exploration efforts, she said.
Special arena events will include motocross at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23; a demolition derby at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 26; and a mud run at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Tickets to each of these events are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12.
There is also a charge for carnival rides. While there is a per-car parking admission charge of $5, most of the fair’s attractions do not have an extra charge. There is no parking charge from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27.
Free ground attractions include Hedrick’s Petting Zoo, Hedrick’s pony and camel rides, Hedrick’s pig races, and the NASA Experience. There are kids’ activities and live entertainment, as well. The fair will have 4-H and open class exhibits on display in several categories, including animal exhibits. Also a magician is scheduled, and there also will be an individual who twists balloons into different shapes. The National Guard also will have a display at the fair.
Free tethered hot air balloon rides will be offered from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, weather permitting.
Free stage entertainment includes County Road 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 23; Sully Brothers, 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 24; Sully Brothers, 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 25; Fair Mounters, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 26; The Prairie Praise Band, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 27; the Piper Bible Church Gospel Night, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27; and The Magnificent Bang Bangs, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27.
The 4-H and open class Parade of Champions will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27.
A fruit pie contest will be held on Tuesday, July 23, with 8-inch pies accepted from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the display building. First prize is $100; second, $75; and third, $25.
Also, a Hunger Awareness Poster Contest will be held for four age groups: 7-9 years; 10-12 years; and 13-15 years; and 16 years and older. The goal of the contest is increasing awareness of hunger and food insecurity in Wyandotte County. For more information and an entry form for the contest, call 913-299-9300.
A Legends Jackpot Steer and Heifer Show is planned for 9 a.m. July 27. Prizes include $500 for the top champion heifer and $500 for the championship steer.
Hours of the fair are 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, July 23-26, and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 27.
The Wyandotte County Fairgrounds is at 13700 Polfer Road in extreme northwest Kansas City, Kan., just one-half mile east of K-7 and Polfer Road.
For more information on the fair, visit www.wycofair.com or call 913-788-7898.