Archive for Wednesday, August 22, 2001

2002 fair, start of school could conflict

Leavenworth County Fair tentatively set for Aug. 13-17 next year

August 22, 2001

Scheduling of next year's Leavenworth County Fair could mean a few extra days of summer vacation for Tonganoxie students.

David Todd, president of the Leavenworth County Fair Board, said the 2002 fair is tentatively set for Aug. 13-17, a week later than this year's dates of Aug. 7-11. Next year's dates would coincide with what would likely have been the first day of school for Tonganoxie public schools.

The date of the fair was moved toward the middle of August, Todd said, so the fair board could obtain the same carnival used in recent years, and to not compete with the Wyandotte County Fair.

"The carnival we have is one of the best in the industry," Todd said. "They're very safe, they have excellent people skills and they're very good to work with."

Todd said the Wyandotte County Fair, which runs from the last weekend of July through the first weekend of August, would take attendance away from the Leavenworth County Fair.

Richard Erickson, Tonganoxie school superintendent, said the district will likely reschedule next year's first day of school so it will not conflict with the fair.

"I would guess that it would move the start of school back to the week of August 19," Erickson said. "But that will need to be determined by the calendar committee and the board of education."

The calendar committee starts meeting in February to plan the calendar for the next school year, Erickson said.

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