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Jackson County and other northeast Kansas residents enjoyed the free Friday night showing of "Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” during the annual movie night event sponsored by Holton Main Street. The evening, which takes place on the Jackson County Courthouse lawn, also included free kiddie train rides and musical entertainment. About 300 people attended the event, it was reported. (Photo by Ali Holcomb)
“The family that plays together stays together,” or so the old saying goes, and during this past weekend’s Prairie Lake Pickin’ Party, the Faris Family returned for a one-off “family reunion” that earned them a standing ovation on Saturday evening. Shown from left are Jeana Faris (violin), Eddie Faris (violin), Jim Bob Faris (upright bass), Rick Faris (guitar), Bob “Dad” Faris (guitar) and John Faris (mandolin). The reunion “just kind of happened,” Jim Bob Faris said, and master of ceremonies Ron Meier added that another of the evening’s acts willingly gave up their Pickin’ Party slot to accommodate the band, which performed at the first Pickin’ Party two decades ago. (Photo by Brian Sanders)
Kobe Black, 8, of Holton proudly displays one of the page spreads from his book, “Hope Works Here.” Kobe wrote about his cancer and a typical check-up visit with his doctors in Texas. The book was illustrated by Carol Totten. Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Jackson County Relay For Life, which is set for Friday at Jackson Heights High School. (Photo by Ali Holcomb)
Recent Jackson Heights High School graduate Cody Holliday (third from left) was elected state FFA treasurer for 2013-14 and recent Holton High School graduate Elizabeth Allen (left) was elected state FFA sentinel at the recent Kansas FFA Convention in Manhattan. The election of Holliday and Allen as state FFA officers marks the fourth time in history that more than one FFA member from the Jackson County area was chosen to serve as a state officer for the same year. State FFA officers for the year are, from left: Allen; Daryl Simmons, Minneapolis High School, reporter; Holliday; Chance Hunley, Riverton High School, secretary; Carrie Carlson, Centre High School, vice president; and Lindy Bilberry, Garden City High School, president.
Young people in Jackson County’s rural areas are shifting their attention from school to 4-H projects in anticipation of this year’s Jackson County Fair, the 88th annual event in which kids of all ages show their best in livestock, arts and crafts.
The main week of the fair is scheduled from Monday, July 29 through Friday, Aug. 3, according to Jackson County 4-H program manager Cara Robinson, who noted this year’s fair will bring all the familiar sights and sounds that fairgoers throughout the years have come to know and love. But before that big week, 4-H’ers from all over the county will be working hard to get ready for the annual event.
As in previous years, most of the fair’s events will take place at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and Kansas Highway 16 in Holton. Two of the fair’s main events — the horse show and the rodeo — will be held at the Northeast Kansas Heritage Center south of Holton, where Robinson said she hopes to see all of the fair going on sometime in the next few years.
“We haven’t heard anything lately,” Robinson said of work progress at the Northeast Kansas Heritage Center. “But they’re working on it, and hopefully, in another year or two, we’ll be out there.”
One event that was held at the Heritage Center’s Small Exhibit Building last year, the dog show, will be moved back to the Jackson County Fair Building, Robinson noted. The show was held there last year because the Fair Building was booked for a wedding, but moving back to the building this year will give dog show officials access to equipment and the opportunity to run more than one event at a time.
Robinson noted that there will also be a pony pull at this year’s fair. The event is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the livestock arena at the fairgrounds.
Apart from that, the fair will have the same schedule as last year, although Robinson said there is one aspect of last year’s fair she hopes will not be present.
“We’re all hoping it’s not as hot as it was last year,” she said.
This year’s fair calendar starts Monday, July 1, when all 4-H pre-entries and open class livestock filings are due at the Meadowlark District Extension Office in the Jackson County Courthouse. Then, on Saturday, July 13, the dog show will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Fair Building, and talent show tryouts are scheduled for Thursday, July 18.
The fair’s first major event is the horse show, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 20 at the Heritage Center’s arena. Then, on Tuesday, July 23, clothing construction, fashion revue, visual and fiber arts and photography will be judged at Holton High School.
The annual two-night rodeo, a recent addition to the fair presented this year by the Rafter K Rodeo Company, will be held Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, at the Heritage Center arena. Back at the fairgrounds, set-up is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 27, with booth set-up slated from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, and open class exhibit check-in from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. that same day.
Then on Monday, the fair will kick into high gear at the fairgrounds, where Toby’s Amusements will set up the midway with rides and games for kids of all ages every evening for the entire week. The rest of the fair schedule is as follows:
• Monday, July 29: sheep, goat and hog weigh-in from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.; 4-H and open class check-in from 8 a.m. to noon; foods judging at 8:30 a.m.; food sale at 9:30 a.m.; judging of building exhibits at 1 p.m.; 4-H poultry judging at 2 p.m.; steer weigh-in from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; photos taken of food champions starting at 3:30 p.m.; Shepherd’s Lead at 5 p.m.; 4-H meat goat show, 5:15 p.m.; 4-H sheep show, 6 p.m.; food auction, 6 p.m. at the northeast side of the fair building; and the Farm Bureau kiddie tractor pull at 7 p.m.
• Tuesday, July 30: 4-H rabbit show, 8 a.m.; 4-H hog show, 8:30 a.m.; photos taken of champion exhibits, 3 p.m.; 4-H beef show, 5 p.m.; and livestock intent-to-sell notices are due within 30 minutes of the conclusion of the beef show.
• Wednesday, July 31: 4-H goat show, 8:30 a.m.; dairy cattle and bucket calf judging, 9 a.m.; bucket calf show, 10:30 a.m. or following the dairy show, with Animals on Parade to follow; Barnyard Olympics with 4-H Ambassadors, 2:30 p.m.; livestock row of champions set-up, 4 p.m.; livestock row of champions in place, 5 p.m.; parade, 6:30 p.m.; Daren and Randy show, 8 p.m.; and 4-H talent show and karaoke with Daren and Randy at 8:30 p.m.
• Thursday, Aug. 1: pet show, 8:30 a.m.; livestock judging contest, 10 a.m.; round robin contest, 1 p.m.; set-up for livestock sale, 2 p.m.; livestock check-out, 2:30 p.m.; open class exhibit check-out, 5 p.m.; livestock sale (meat pens-poultry, rabbits, goats, beef, hogs and sheep), 6 p.m.; and 4-H exhibit checkout, including booths, 6 p.m.
• Friday, Aug. 2: fairgrounds clean-up and watermelon feed, 9 a.m.; presentation of building champions, 6:45 p.m.; and fashion revue, 7 p.m.
The fair schedule is subject to change. For more information, contact the Meadowlark Extension office at 364-4125.