• Abigail Hall

Here’s everything you need to know about the Sedgwick County Fair

Originally published by Wichita Eagle Go! print edition July 5, 2019.


It’s that time of year again — Sedgwick County Fair is right around the corner with new and old festivities.


This year, the fair will celebrate 75 years with its Diamond Jubilee anniversary, July 10-13 at the county fair grounds in Cheney.


The four-day event will still offer its tried-and-true attractions —such as the ranch rodeo, demolition derby and 4-H livestock exhibits — as well as some new entertainment options, including a beer garden with a line-up of live, local bands in the Open Air Arena.


During all four evenings of the fair participants can enjoy the new beer garden while attending free concerts by local bands, said Marti Johnson, fair public relations director.


Featured bands are Twist of Fate, Adam Capps Band, Kyle Killgore Band, Jason Boyd Band and Lucky People.


Another new feature is an additional day of demolition derby.


Fans of the traditional bolt and chain class demolition derby will still be able to enjoy the event on Saturday, as well as the all new figure 8 and weld class demolition derby event on Friday, Johnson said.


“Supposedly, this is a whole new level of crunch-dom,” Johnson said.


Figure 8 is a racing event where participants attempt to complete laps around the course without getting crunched, while the weld class includes welded-on modifications for a “bigger, badder, meaner” derby, Johnson said.


Johnson said due to the derby’s huge turn-out rate, the fair organizers wanted to provide a second chance to enjoy it. The Saturday event already has 50 cars pre-registered, she said.

Individual events are ticketed separately, so for those who want to attend both nights of derby, Johnson recommends pre-purchasing tickets online to save 15 percent.


Pre-purchased tickets per event cost $9 for kids and $12 for adults, while tickets purchased the day of the event cost $12 for kids and $15 for adults. Pre-purchased tickets are available now online at www.ourcountryfair.tix.com, and will remain available the first few days of the fair, she said.


Demolition derby, ranch rodeo and the carnival are the only ticketed fair events. Tickets for ranch rodeo can also be pre-purchased online and cost $5 for kids and $7 for adults.


The Pride of Texas Carnival will be open every night of the fair from 6 to 11 p.m. For unlimited rides all night long, ticket armbands are available for pre-purchase online at www.ourcountyfair.com and cost $20 until July 9. Regular armband price at the ticket box is $25 starting July 10.


Armband vouchers can be picked up at the fair office and are valid for any one night of the fair for individuals at least 36 inches tall.


Individual carnival tickets cost $1 per ticket.


The fair also will include new food vendors, such as rainbow Kettle Korn n’ More, a Hutchinson-based food truck; Wok Hei Noodle House, serving Chinese cuisine; and Homegirl’z Kitchen, a Wichita-based Mexican-American joint.


In addition to the new features, Johnson recommends checking out some of the returning festivities such as the jubilee-themed parade, talent show, children’s petting zoo, ranch rodeo and competing “church lady pie” booths, she said.


For those concerned about the weather, updates will be regularly posted to the fair’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.


“(The fair) is a nice, wholesome kind of fun,” Johnson said. “You can bring your kids and turn them loose and it’s okay. And if you have teenagers and you bring them — they’ll have fun and want to come back.”


Parking and entrance to the fair is free.


The fair activities schedule is as follows:


Wednesday, July 10:

4-H horse show, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Grandstand Arena.


Commercial and food booths, 5 to 9 p.m. Commercial booths are located in three buildings and food vendors are located across the fairgrounds. Popular food vendors include: D’Mario’s Pizza, Parsnipity Cafe, Aussie Cakes, Kandy’s Koffee, and the United Methodist Church and Trinity United Christian Church food booths, known for their traditional home-made pie and other fair favorites.

Softball tournament, 5 to 9 p.m. at the ball diamond.


4-H food preparation, food preservation and clothing judging, 5 to 9 p.m in the 4-H building.


4-H arts and crafts judging, 6 to 9 p.m. in the 4-H building.


4-H rabbit showmanship competition, 6 to 8 p.m in the 4-H building.


Children’s petting zoo, 6 to 10 p.m. on Cheney Main Street, next to the bee farm.


4-H bake sale, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building.Pride of Texas Carnival, 6 to 11 p.m. at Fairgrounds Midway.


Fair Parade, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Cheney Main Street.Twist of Fate performance, 8 to 9 p.m. at Open Air Stage.


Thursday, July 11:

  • 4-H dairy goat show, 8 a.m. at Livestock Pavilion.

  • 4-H bake sale, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.4-H horticulture, crops, flowers and forestry judging, 9 a.m. to noon.

  • 4-H rabbit and poultry show, 9 a.m. to noon at the Bunny Barn.

  • 4-H geology judging, 10:30 a.m.

  • 4-H beef cattle show and showmanship, 11 a.m. at Livestock Pavilion.

  • 4-H fiber arts and electricity judging, 11 a.m.

  • 4-H tag-a-long exhibits and photography, noon to 3:30 p.m.

  • 4-H educational displays, home environment and shooting sports judging, 1 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building.

  • 4-H meat goat show and showmanship, 2:30 p.m. at Livestock Pavilion.

  • 4-H horticulture judging, 3 p.m. at the Farm Bureau building.

  • 4-H photography judging, 3 to 10 p.m. at the 4-H Centennial Building.

  • Citizen’s State Bank children’s petting zoo, 4 to 10 p.m.

  • 4-H geology and electricity judging, 4:30 to 11 p.m. at Fairgrounds Midway.

  • Softball tournament, 5 p.m. at the ball diamond.

  • Pride of Texas Carnival, 6 to 11 p.m. at Fairgrounds Midway.

  • Ranch Rodeo, 7 p.m. at Grandstand Arena. Advanced tickets available online for children for $5 and adults for $7.Fair’s Got Talent, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Open Air Arena.

  • 4-H swine show and showmanship, 7 p.m. at Livestock Pavilion.Adam Capps Band performance, 8:30 p.m. at Open Air Arena.


Friday, July 12:

  • 4-H sheep show and showmanship, 8 a.m. at Livestock Pavilion.

  • Open class rabbit judging, 9 to 11 a.m. in the Bunny Barn.

  • 4-H entomology judging, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Farm Bureau booth.

  • 4-H dairy cattle show and showmanship, 10:30 a.m. at Livestock Pavilion.

  • 4-H demonstrations judging, 1 to 2 p.m.Citizen’s State Bank children’s petting zoo, 4 to 10 p.m. at Livestock Pavilion.Softball tournament, 5 p.m. at the ball diamond.

  • Pride of Texas Carnival, 6 to 11 p.m. at Fairgrounds Midway.

  • 4-H bucket calf show, 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Fairgrounds Midway.Demolition Derby: figure 8 and weld class, 7 p.m. at Grandstand Arena. Gates open at 5 p.m. Advanced tickets available online for children for $9 and adults for $12.Kyle Killgore Band performance, 7 p.m. at Open Air Arena.

  • 4-H round robin showmanship, 7:30 p.m. at Livestock Pavilion.Jason Boyd Band performance, 8:30 p.m. at Open Air Arena.4-H ice cream social, 9 p.m. at Open Air Arena.


Saturday, July 13:

  • 5K Run to Cheney, 8 a.m. on Main Street Cheney.

  • 1 mile run to Cheney, 9 a.m. on Main Street Cheney.

  • 4-H dog show, 9 a.m. at Sedgwick County Extension Center, Wichita.Softball tournament, 9 a.m. at the ball diamond.

  • Sedgwick County REC pedal pull, 10 a.m adjacent to petting zoo.

  • 4-H Skill-A-Thon competition, 10 a.m. to noon at Livestock Pavilion.Washer tournament, 2 to 10 p.m. at Livestock Pavilion.

  • People’s Choice Amateur BBQ contest, 4 p.m. behind the Open Air Stage.

  • 4-H Livestock BBQ dinner, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Livestock Pavilion.

  • Pride of Texas Carnival, 6 to 11 p.m. at Fairgrounds Midway.

  • 4-H livestock auction, 6:30 to 11 p.m. at Livestock Pavilion.Demolition Derby: bolt and chain, 7 p.m. at Grandstand Arena. Gates open at 5 p.m. Advanced tickets available online for children for $9 and adults for $12.

  • Fair’s Got Talent finals, 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Open Air ArenaLucky People performance, 9 p.m. at Open Air Arena.Street dance, 10:15 p.m. to midnight at Open Air Arena.


Event and 4-H registration and check-in information available online at www.ourcountyfair.com/schedule.


Sedgwick County Fairgrounds are located at 308 S. Main St., Cheney.

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