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Rebekah Eilert of the Jackson County Gypsies 4-H club showed determination in riding her horse around one of the three barrels in the barrel race, held Saturday as part of the Jackson County Fair’s annual horse show at the Northeast Kansas Heritage Complex. Eilert’s time of 18.329 seconds in the barrel race was the best among competitors in the 10-13 age group. The main week of the fair begins Monday, July 28. (Photo by Brian Sanders)

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Rebekah Eilert of the Jackson County Gypsies 4-H club showed determination in riding her horse around one of the three barrels in the barrel race, held Saturday as part of the Jackson County Fair’s annual horse show at the Northeast Kansas Heritage Complex. Eilert’s time of 18.329 seconds in the barrel race was the best among competitors in the 10-13 age group. The main week of the fair begins Monday, July 28. (Photo by Brian Sanders)

This year’s Jackson County Fair got off to a Saturday start with the fair’s dog show in the Jackson County Fair Building, beginning with the agility competitions. Here, Rebekah Eilert of the Jackson County Gypsies 4-H club guided her dog, Rosie, through a hoop in the course. The fair's next event is the horse show, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Northeast Kansas Heritage Complex. (Photo by Brian Sanders)

Saturday’s heat made it a good day to find some shade and eat some ice cream, and visitors to the Soldier Fair that evening had a handful of flavors to choose from, courtesy of the Soldier Fire Department. Helping serve ice cream were, from left, Kyler Tannahill, Cassie Kenworthy, Kelsey Coe, Joseph Kennedy and Lance Coe. (Photo by Brian Sanders)

Chase Wilson laid bricks on top of sand in the 500 block of Ohio Avenue as fast as his fellow street crew members could get them to him on Tuesday morning, the first day that bricks could be laid on the street because of recent rains. The south half of that block of Ohio is this year’s brick street reconstruction project for Holton’s street department, it was reported. (Photo by Brian Sanders)

89th Jackson County Fair's main week starts July 28

By Brian Sanders

It’s fair time again in Jackson County!

Two major events of the 89th-annual Jackson County Fair — the dog and horse shows — have al­ready been held, and 4-H kids from all over the county are making their final preparations for what could be the last fair to be held at the fair­grounds in Holton. The big week of the fair begins Monday, July 28, at the fairgrounds, located at the inter­section of U.S. Highway 75 and Kansas Highway 16.

Fair officials are hopeful that the heat advisory that is scheduled to hang over much of eastern Kansas this week will move out and give way to more seasonal temperatures that greeted visitors to the horse show on Saturday at the Northeast Kansas Heritage Complex, the fu­ture home of the fair. In the mean­time, high temperatures are forecast for Friday and Saturday, when the fair’s rodeo, a recent addition to the fair schedule, will be held at the Heritage Complex.

The rest of the fair will take place at the existing fairgrounds, including next Monday and Tues­day’s beef, sheep and swine shows at the livestock arena. It has been reported that Casey’s General Store is waiting until after this year’s fair to close the sale of that section of the fairgrounds where the arena stands for construction of a second store in Holton.

The schedule for the rest of the fair is as follows:

• Friday and Saturday, July 25 and 26: Rodeo, starting at 8 p.m. both days at the Heritage Complex. Gates open at 6 p.m.

• Saturday, July 26: Fairgrounds set-up starting at 9 a.m.

• Sunday, July 27: Booth set-up from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; open class exhibit check-in from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Monday, July 28: Sheep and goat weigh-in, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; hog weigh-in, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; 4-H and open class check-in, 8 a.m. to noon; foods judging, 8:30 a.m.; food sale, 9:30 a.m.; judging of building exhibits, 1 p.m.; 4-H poultry judging, 2 p.m.; steer weigh-in at sale barn, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.; photos of food champions for The Holton Recorder, 3:30 p.m.; Shepherd’s Lead, 5 p.m., livestock arena; 4-H meat goat show, 5:15 p.m., livestock arena; 4-H sheep show, 6 p.m., livestock arena; food auction, 6 p.m., fair building; Farm Bureau kiddie tractor pull, 7 p.m.

• Tuesday, July 29: 4-H rabbit show, 8 a.m.; 4-H hog show, 8:30 a.m., livestock arena; photos of champion exhibits for The Recorder, 3 p.m.; 4-H beef show, 5 p.m., livestock arena; livestock intent-to-sell deadline, 10 p.m.

• Wednesday, July 30: 4-H goat show, 9 a.m., livestock arena; dairy cattle, bucket calf conference, judging 9-12 year-olds, 9:30 a.m., livestock arena; 10:30 a.m., bucket calf show and Animals On Parade, 10:30 a.m., livestock arena; Farm Safety demonstration with Kali Roberts, 1 p.m.; 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.; Darin and Randy Live, 8 p.m.; talent show with Darin and Randy, followed by karaoke, 8:30 p.m.

• Thursday, July 31: pet show, 9 a.m., north of fair building; livestock judging contest, 10 a.m.; round robin contest, 1 p.m.; set up livestock arena for sale, 2 p.m.; check out livestock, 2:30 p.m.; open class exhibit check-out, 5 p.m.; livestock sale (meat pens-poultry, rabbits, beef, hogs, sheep and goats), 6 p.m.; check out 4-H exhibits including booths, 6 p.m.

• Friday, Aug. 1: fairgrounds clean-up, 9 a.m., with watermelon feed following; presentation of building champions, 6:45 p.m.; fashion revue, 7 p.m.

Toby’s Amusements of Arma will run the fairway from Monday, July 28 through Saturday, Aug. 2, starting at 6 p.m. each day. For more information, contact the Jackson County Extension Office at 364-4125.


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