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This week's entertainment at the Leavenworth County Fair includes entertainment by familiar faces.
At 8 p.m. Thursday, the "Legends of the Opry" variety show will give an extraordinarily musical glimpse at legendary past and present country music stars. Musicians on the stage will recreate performances by famous musicians.
The free concert, which is sponsored by B&J Country Mart of Tonganoxie, will take place under the large white tent in the southwest area of the fairgrounds.
Here's a rundown of some of the legendary performers who will be depicted on stage: Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Ray Price and Merle Haggard.
The show highlights the talents of musicians from Annie's Country Jubilee in Tonganoxie, including Annie Dunavin, vocalist, Fred Uzzell on the steel guitar and dobro, Steve Straub on the drums, Mimi Blackburn, vocalist and entertainer, and David George, lead guitarist.
Others who will be on stage include Dave Wooge on the keyboard, Chuck Duncan on rhythm guitar and mandolin, Brian Lane on bass guitar and singing, Kathy Lynn, vocalist, entertainer and mistress of ceremonies, and Bill Clark.
Cassettes, CD's and autographs of the stars will be available during the concert.
The Leavenworth County Junior Leaders group is sponsoring its annual canned food drive from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Junior leaders will collect canned goods or money at the west gate on the fairgrounds to later be distributed to local food pantries. A collection box will be set up near the 4-H food stand all week for those coming to the Leavenworth County Fair on a different day.
The 2003 Miss Rodeo USA will visit the Leavenworth County Fair and Rodeo this week in Tonganoxie.
Leslie Burgreen will arrive in Tonganoxie on Wednesday. She will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday for an autograph session at B&J Country Mart in Tonganoxie.
Burgreen, 22, was crowned the 38th Miss Rodeo USA in January during the 33rd annual International Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. She currently is a junior at the University of North Alabama.
For additional information about Burgreen's appearances at the fair and rodeo, call Kathy Stimac, (913) 680-4299.
Senior Day at the Fair is set for Friday at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.
The annual event, from noon to 3 p.m. under the Big Tent, is open to people who are 55 and older. The event will include time to meet the Leavenworth County Council on Aging staff. Lunch will be served, and entertainment and bingo will be available. The event is free.
A shuttle service will take participants from their cars to fair buildings to see exhibits.
Senior Day at the Fair partners are Bichelmeyer's Steakhouse, Community National Bank, First State Bank, Sonic Drive-In, all of Tonganoxie; as well as Twin Oaks Retirement Community, Lansing.