County Fairs Bring Communities Together

Marshall County Fair Parade. Photo by Tom Parker. Courtesy of the Marshall County Fair Facebook page.

Whether it’s strolling through the various livestock buildings, looking at 4-H exhibits, going on carnival rides or eating all kinds of deep fat fried food, a county fair has something for everyone.

In Kansas, there will be more than 100 county fairs before summer ends. K-State Research and Extension Southeast Area 4-H specialist Beth Hinshaw says the county fair is one of the oldest forms of community celebrations.

Hinshaw says the county fair also gives people the chance to do things they might not get to do at any other time of the year.

The county fair also provides youth an opportunity to showcase the many skills they’ve mastered this past year in the 4-H program and to get feedback on their exhibit.

Hinshaw says a lot of 4-H members spend multiple years in a certain project so that they’re able to grow in depth and master that project.

A complete list of county fairs can be found on the K-State Research and Extension website: Just click on “county and district offices” and the links – either by date or alphabetically – are at the bottom of that page.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.