Don’t miss Country Pride Fair Wide at the 2019 Riley County Fair, July 25-29 at CiCo Park in Manhattan. There will be fun activities for each member of the family. Be sure to check out the fair website at rileycountyfair.com to make sure you don’t miss anything!
There are changes to this year’s fair. First and foremost is that there will not be a fair parade in 2019. However, there are many, many other activities for all to enjoy!
The Kaw Valley Rodeo will provide entertainment for rodeo fans with nightly performances on July 25, 26 and 27 beginning at 8:00 pm. Thursday night’s Kaw Valley Rodeo performance will honor the military with free and discounted tickets available to active duty military members. Kids also get in free to Thursday’s rodeo performance with the donation of canned goods to the Flint Hills Breadbasket. Friday night will feature the Tough Enough to Wear Pink performance with a portion of the proceeds going to the Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University. Saturday’s performance will feature the finals of the competition.
Anyone in the county can exhibit items at the Riley County Fair. On Wednesday, July 24, from 3-6 pm, open class food preservation and decorated cakes can be entered and will be judged. On Thursday, open class honey, geology, garden and crops, and flowers and plant exhibits may be entered and will be judged between 8 a.m. and noon. Open class arts and clothing entries will be accepted on Friday evening from 5-8 pm. The open class photography will be entered and judged on Saturday, July 27 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Again: visit rileycountyfair.com to view all the open class rules and classes, entry times, and schedule.
Pie lovers won’t want to miss the strawberry pie contest on Sunday, July 28 at 1:00 pm in Pottorf Hall. After judging, entries will be cut and slices sold for $1 a slice.
Be sure to stop by Pottorf Hall and the livestock barns to see the exhibits that 4-H members have been working hard all year to make. Livestock shows will take place each evening, July 25-27. The annual 4-H livestock auction will begin at 7:00 pm on July 29. Champion foods items will be auctioned prior to the livestock sale at 6:45 pm.
Riley County Farm Bureau will once again sponsor the farm animal nursery exhibit where fair goers can learn more about animals and agriculture. Stop by the Robbins Motors entertainment tent to experience live local entertainment ranging from Red Dirt country to Motown sounds to country on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Ottaway Amusements will once again entertain thrill-seekers with their amazing rides like the Freak Out! They will provide carnival entertainment each evening of the fair with wristbands available for $28 each evening from 6:00 – 10:00 pm.
There’s a lot to see and do at this year’s Riley County Fair. For more information or a full listing of scheduled events please access www.rileycountyfair.com or call the Riley County Extension Office at 785-537-6350.