Hot temps can’t make seniors pass on day at Leavenworth County Fair
For many attending the Leavenworth County Fair Friday morning, the thought of a little discomfort wasn’t going to keep them from a shot at nostalgia.
The chance to relive some fond memories far outweighed the predictably miserable heat as dozens of people in their 60s or older ventured out for Senior Day at the Fair. They didn’t mind the sweat that accompanied it because they knew they would enjoy themselves under the “Big Top.”
Senior Day, sponsored by the Leavenworth County Council on Aging, drew more than 170 people to the fair, organizers estimated. Council social coordinator Shirley Hund said the event drew well — despite morning temperatures in the upper 90s — because the fairgrounds are a perfect venue for reminiscing.
“A lot of times,” Hund said, “we have people who say, ‘I haven’t been to a fair in so long. It’s so great. This reminded me of when I was a kid.’ The smells, the animals and everything, they really enjoy coming.”
After a morning spent in the shade of the fair’s most prominent tent, which featured musical entertainment from Tonganoxie’s Steven Skeet, a hotdog lunch and prizes for bingo winners, some in attendance had to call it a day. But many hadn’t had their fill of the fair and climbed onto an awaiting trolley for a guided tour of the fairgrounds, with its animals and other attractions, just after noon.
Originally scheduled to last from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the heat inspired the senior day festivities to end a little early, but Hund said she didn’t really hear a lot of complaints.
“I guess those who complained (about the heat) didn’t come,” she said.
Not that anyone would have blamed them. Hund even remarked that the bingo balls were hot as she drew them out and announced each one — which led one player to quip, “Well, my numbers aren’t.”
Hund said there was a trick to keeping the patrons cool at senior day.
“We kept them hydrated,” she said. “Lemonade, iced tea, water — we just kept pouring, kept pouring.”
The entertainment, she noted, also provided a nice distraction and Hund deemed the day a success.
“We’re very blessed to have a community here at Tongie that supports seniors at the fair,” she said.