Upcoming county fair offers fun for residents of all ages

Several special observances and events will be included at the upcoming Saline County Fair.

The fair, scheduled Sept. 2-6, will be based on the theme "Blue jeans and Country Dreams."

Mollie Wright, representing the county fair association, said Thursday is designated as Senior Citizens Day. Lunch will be served to seniors at 11 a.m.

School Day is scheduled Friday, at which time lunch will be fed to all special needs children from the area schools. On Saturday 4-H Club members will be the special guests.

"At 1 p.m. Thursday the poultry and rabbit barn will be closed, and all poultry will be judged at that time," Wright said. Immediately following the judging, junior exhibitors interested in poultry showmanship will be allowed to compete, she noted. 

At approximately the same time, junior rabbit exhibitors will be allowed to participate in rabbit showmanship and while competitors will be preparing for the rabbit show.

"Poultry and rabbit showmanship winners will be announced at approximately 5:30 p.m. in the show arena," Wright said. "The rabbit show will start at 6 p.m. while the second armband night opens for the carnival."

At 8 p.m. Thursday, H & H Rodeo Co. will host a bull riding competition and "mutton’ bustin" will take place in Thomas Arena. Admission to the bull-riding event is $5 per person. 

Area residents are encouraged to attend the bull-riding competition.

"The top rider from the first round will get to come back for a chance to ride a bonus bull for a prize of $500," according to Tom Wallace of the fair association.

"Also on Thursday night we will have 'mutton bustin' beginning at 7:30 and the top three entrants will come back for a chance to win additional prizes," Wallace said.

“Muttin Bustin” will be held Friday and Saturday nights as well. Riders must be ages 6 and under.
Only 10 riders per night will be accepted on a first-come basis, Wallace said.

"A very special attraction to our rodeo will be Lecil Harris," Wallace said. "He has been the National Rodeo Entertainer of the Year for several years.

"Lecil will also visit with our special needs kids on Friday for pictures and autographs," he added.

More information about the fair and the activities is included in the Saline County Fair Book, which is available at the Saline County Extension office or online at: http://salinecountyfairgrounds.com.

"We also invite you to 'like' the Facebook page found here: www.facebook.com/SalineCoFair where you will find the latest updates and information about the fair," Wright said.