Friday, September 19, 2014

Carnival returning to fair in Garnett

By KATE SHELTON, Herald Staff Writer | 8/1/2014

GARNETT — The fair’s theme says it all: Country pride, county wide.

With Franklin County’s big fair wrapped up for the summer, those hoping to see horses, cows, pigs, rabbits and more need look no further than their neighbors to the south where the Anderson County Fair is set to begin Monday at North Lake Park, 500 N. Lake Road, Garnett.

GARNETT — The fair’s theme says it all: Country pride, county wide.

With Franklin County’s big fair wrapped up for the summer, those hoping to see horses, cows, pigs, rabbits and more need look no further than their neighbors to the south where the Anderson County Fair is set to begin Monday at North Lake Park, 500 N. Lake Road, Garnett.

Before the traditional fair activities begin, country music singer Rex Allen Jr. is set to perform tonight at Anderson County Junior Senior High School, 1100 K-31, Garnett. Allen recorded such hits as “Lonely Street” and “With Love,” according to his website. He also made regular appearances on “The Statler Brothers Show.” Allen is set to perform 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. today with tickets $15 at the door.

A parade for the fair is set for 7 p.m Tuesday, featuring grand marshals Charles and Mary Holloran, longtime Garnett residents. Charles Holloran has served on the fair board for 25 years and worked at Kansas State Bank (now Patriots Bank) for 30 years. Mary Holloran worked at the Garnett Post Office for 30 years.

Other free events during fair week include the shodeo, a petting zoo by Two Girls and a Zoo and a youth pet show. The shodeo events Wednesday include pole bending, barrel racing, flag racing, goat tying and mutton busting. A youth pet show for ages 5 to 16 will begin 1 p.m. Thursday. Participants will be judged in two areas: showmanship and owner/pet lookalike. Later in the evening, the traveling petting zoo will offer visitors an opportunity to see miniature pot-bellied pigs, camels, kangaroos as well as other animals.

The fair also is set to feature a carnival 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Wristbands can be purchased for each night for $20 at the fair.

“This is the first year [for the carnival] in probably a dozen,” Jess Rockers, Anderson County fair board president, said.

To close fair week in Anderson County, a demolition derby is set to begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Rodeo Arena at North Lake Park. Tickets can be bought in advance at area banks for $5 or at the gate for $10. Rockers said the derby is one of the biggest events at the fair.

“It’s probably a toss-up between the tractor pull and the demolition derby,” Rockers said.

The July 26 tractor pull, which was organized by the Missouri State Tractor Pullers Association, was a pre-fair event. It featured six tractor and four truck classes. Both the tractor pull and the demolition derby typically draw in a crowd of about 1,000 to 1,300 people.

Other events throughout the week include a draft horse pull, the ranch rodeo, a pie baking contest, and many others.

The Anderson County Fair has a long history. The first official fair in Anderson County was in 1871 in Reeder Township at Moler’s Schoolhouse, according to the Kansas Historical Society. The annual fair had been moved to Garnett by 1891.

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