Happy Helpers start fair with new stand
Next week, Tonganoxie's Happy Helpers 4-H Club will christen the 2006 Leavenworth County Fair with a new look.
The club has a brand new food concession stand.
It's where the old stand, which was about half the size of the new one, used to be, not far from where the Ferris wheel is positioned during the fair.
So this year, rather than patching the old building in preparation for the fair, club members have been busy raising money to finish paying off the new building.
Club leader Mike Kissinger said that won't take as much as expected, thanks to the dozens of businesses and individuals who donated construction materials and labor.
"Right now we're having fund-raisers," Kissinger said. "We've got a pig for raffle now. Whoever wins will get a fully processed pig by Winchester Meats."
He said the pig probably would weigh about 240 pounds by the time it's ready to be processed.
Club members also ran concession stands at area equipment auctions and operated a fireworks stand.
The work on the new building began late last year, as the old stand was torn down.
Members of the 4-H club include: Kelsi, Matthew, and Megan Briggs, Emily Caenen, Morgan Durkin-Rose, , Jolie and Mara Hebert, Alex and Clinton Kissinger, Hannah Mayse, Destiny and Mable Mestagh, Hannah, Abigail, Marion and Drake Pray, Mary O'Brien, Shawn Ridihalgh, Derek and Clay Rose, Sara and Shannon Smith, Austin and Jody Baragary, Sophie and James Breedlove, Allison Caenen, Lindsey, Dane and Tyler Gonser, Chris Kirk, Amanda and Michael Mast, Justyne McCoy, Richie Ridihalgh, Arthur Rollins, and Emily, Lauren, and Sarah Williams.