Archive for Wednesday, August 11, 2010

At the fair: Blog Central

A special type of sunflower made of food is on display at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Photo submitted by Diane Truesdell.

A special type of sunflower made of food is on display at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds. Photo submitted by Diane Truesdell.

August 11, 2010

Here's your chance to blog about the Leavenworth County Fair.

Share your thoughts of this year's fair with blog comments at the bottom of this page.

We also welcome your photos from the fair. Please send them to Tonganoxie Mirror news editor Shawn Linenberger at slinenberger@tonganoxie.com

Comments

Shawn Linenberger 4 years, 4 months ago

We've fielded some questions about the carnival at the fair. Armband Night is 6-10 p.m. tomorrow. Armbands cost $20 each. Does anyone have a favorite ride at the fair?

0

MelissaMathiaPhotography 4 years, 4 months ago

I enjoyed the after parade stroll through the fairgrounds and will be heading out again later this week, if the weather agreees with me. A few people have asked me if the actual parade was shorter than the previous years, and I believe it was. Maybe the overwhelming heat had something to do with it? I did notice in the brief time I was at the fairgrounds, that more people were out taking pictures of the events. Hopefully there will be a good turnout for the Fair Photo-Bloggers!

0

Shawn Linenberger 4 years, 4 months ago

We're starting to get more fair photos submitted to us from readers. Be sure to keep sending us your photos so we can post them to our site. You can send them to me at slinenberger@tonganoxie.com. Is everyone enjoying the fair so far?

— Shawn Linenberger

0

ejones 4 years, 4 months ago

It's the hottest Leavenworth County Fair in memory of even long time fair goers. "It's miserable for the animals. It's miserable for the kids. It's miserable for the parents. It's miserable for everyone," said Jerry Theis of Leavenworth. The heat's making extra work for the 4-H'ers, who had to water animals and do things like hose them down to keep them cool. His hog would be "lying in the mud" if it were back at the farm, said 19-year-old Clinton Kissinger of Tonganoxie, as his hog greedily lapped at a stream from a hose.

0

basmith 4 years, 4 months ago

Friday morning, just before noon, it was beginning to get miserably hot at the Leavenworth County Fair. That didn't seem to bother roughly 170 area people, though, who avoided the sun by congregating under the big top at the fairgrounds for Senior Day at the Fair — an event put together by the Leavenworth County Council on Aging. Entertainment from Steven Skeet, who performed some songs, as well as a catered meal and bingo served as distractions from the sweltering temperatures for the dozens in attendance. Meanwhile, out in the heat nearby, a few 4-H'ers were forced to deal with the sun as they tried to track their rockets in the noon sky. Four area 4-H members showed off their rockets with a launch. Check out photos of the action here: http://www.tonganoxiemirror.com/photo...

0

ejones 4 years, 4 months ago

The thing about covering the Leavenworth County Fair is that stories are everywhere. Walking around the livestock barns with camera and notebook Wednesday, I came across Taylor Leach mixing a bucket of beat pulp. Beat pulp? It — actually sugar beat pulp — fills out the Leach and Hahn families' dairy cows before they were to go into the show ring Thursday, Taylor explained. With teenagers, you never know what you are going to get, interview wise. Sharp and accomplished youngsters can clam up when you start asking questions. Not Taylor. The 15-year-old Linwood girl talked easily and articulately about showing the family dairy cows. And I think would happily talk about the subject all day. It's in her blood. Both her mother and father come from generations of dairymen and met at a dairy cow show. With that background, an interest and lots of hard work, Taylor has become a blue-ribbon showman. She's won top prize for showmanship in a national Jersey show two years in a row and in the top-10 in the nation's largest dairy show. Thursday, she took home the grand championship for showmanship at the county fair. Read more about this remarkable young woman, who showed a cow and won a grand championship at the fair two years ago with a freshly broken foot, in Thursday's Tonganoxie Mirror and Basehor Signal. — Elvyn Jones

0

ejones 4 years, 4 months ago

ejones (Elvyn Jones) says…

The thing about covering the Leavenworth County Fair is that stories are everywhere. Walking around the livestock barns with camera and notebook Wednesday, I came across Taylor Leach mixing a bucket of beet pulp. Beet pulp? It — actually sugar beet pulp — fills out the Leach and Hahn families' dairy cows before they were to go into the show ring Thursday, Taylor explained. With teenagers, you never know what you are going to get, interview wise. Sharp and accomplished youngsters can clam up when you start asking questions. Not Taylor. The 15-year-old Linwood girl talked easily and articulately about showing the family dairy cows. And I think would happily talk about the subject all day. It's in her blood. Both her mother and father come from generations of dairymen and met at a dairy cow show. With that background, an interest and lots of hard work, Taylor has become a blue-ribbon showman. She's won top prize for showmanship in a national Jersey show two years in a row and in the top-10 in the nation's largest dairy show. Thursday, she took home the grand championship for showmanship at the county fair. Read more about this remarkable young woman, who showed a cow and won a grand championship at the fair two years ago with a freshly broken foot, in Thursday's Tonganoxie Mirror and Basehor Signal. — Elvyn Jones

0

Shawn Linenberger 4 years, 4 months ago

While taking shelter from the downpour Friday night, I told fair board president David Todd that there never seems to be a happy medium with the weather for fair week. It's either 110 degrees or raining cats and dogs. OK, maybe it's not always 110 degrees, but it sure does get hot. Of course, we do live in Kansas... and it's August. The rain did hamper the mud run, as the rain chased away several spectators. But it appeared as though several people stuck around for other fair festivities. And there appeared to be a pretty good crowd for the livestock auction. Have you enjoyed this year's fair? Tell us about those experiences here by posting a comment. We also welcome your photos. Send those pictures to me at slinenberger@tonganoxie.com.

0

Commenting has been disabled for this item.