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Hana Grammar, 4, of Lawrence, gives her turtle a kiss before the turtle race on Saturday August 2, 2104 at the Douglas County Fair.

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Douglas County Fair returns July 24 with new theme, kiddie derby

The Douglas County Fair may just be one of the summer’s biggest attractions — in recent years, it’s drawn upwards of 25,000 people to the Lawrence fairgrounds — but back in the early 1950s, the fair was just a fledgling operation hosted at Haskell University. Back then, before the fairgrounds were built, 4-H animals were all housed underneath the school’s football stadium. Or, at least, that’s what Margaret Kalb’s mother told her growing up.


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