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Douglas County Fair in Full Swing 

by: Nickie Harding
      4-H Youth Development Program Assistant

4H Fair Participants doing livestock as well as other fair activities
     Lawrence, KS - The county fair is a time of new experiences, friendship building, fun, and learning opportunities abound. Exhibitors and spectators can look forward to a public fair experience for 2021. Events such as livestock exhibits, livestock shows, and static exhibits (non-livestock exhibits) will be on full display beginning July 27. Other traditional events and activities such as a hay bale throwing contest, turtles races, demolition derby, carnival rides, music, food, and so much more will be in full swing July 26 – July 31.

     County fair season is especially meaningful to 4-H youth. This week of fun is a time 4-H’ers spend with their friends and an opportunity for members to showcase what they have learned and demonstrate what they have accomplished through their 4-H project work. 4-H project work is how 4-H’ers acquire subject matter which is significant and of interest to them. Projects are a way for youth to learn, set goals, and gain other valuable life skills through hands-on learning experiences at their own pace and skill level. From showing animals and demonstrating to the judge what they have learned, to exhibiting products, produce, art, and collections. Members have gained essential life skills such as determination, responsibility, cooperation, and public speaking and can be proud of their hard work and accomplishments!

     4-H fair entries closed at 11:59 p.m. on June 30. 4-H pre-entered exhibit drop off and consultation judging will be on Monday, July 26 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Livestock exhibit check-in will also be July 26 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Please check the fair book for specific exhibit drop off times here Fair Book .

     New for 2021, Open Class exhibits may be entered and dropped off on Sunday, July 25, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Building 21, located on the Douglas County Fair Grounds. 

     For more fair information and to view a detailed schedule of events, visit the  Douglas County Fair Website . We are excited for the 2021 Douglas County Free Fair and look forward to seeing you there!