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Five State Free Fair

If life in the Heartland is new to you, there's no better way to sample the best it has to offer than a visit to the Five State Free Fair. Attracting exhibitors and guests from Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and, of course, Kansas, the annual fair retains the simple pleasures of a small town event.

What could be more traditional than an afternoon in the bright summer sun, with lemonade to sip, with an array of home-made crafts and farm animals to observe? Only a ride on the ferris wheel as the sun sets and the sounds of carnival music drift up in the evening air. n addition, fair-goers can take in a rodeo, stock car races, musical performances, and eat all that wonderful fair food!

While the scope of the Five State Free Fair exceeds the small county fairs most people associate with rural Kansas, the fair association has attempted to blend good entertainment for the entire family with traditional activities that have always been a part of fair time - well-organized livestock shows and sales and plenty of exhibits, both private and commercial.

As its name states, the fair is open to the public free of charge, though certain performances and programs require separate admissions.

The heart of the fair is the outstanding competitive exhibits that showcase the efforts and achievements of the residents of the five-state area, and which tie the modern-day event to the harvest celebrations observed throughout history. Everyone is encouraged to bring garments, quilts, garden produce, fine arts and collectibles to enter in the fair.

The fair is held in August of each year. The Seward County Fair Association has been working and planning all winter to make this year's fair a memorable experience for fair-goers of all ages.


What: The largest free fair in Kansas,
with exhibitors and attractions from a
five state area.
Where: Western and Eighth Streets
When: Call for dates
Phone: (316) 626-3318
Admission: None for the fair itself.

A variety of entertaining events splce up the fair throughout the week. Rodeo competitors and fans flood the town to cheer on their favorite riders and ropers. Rodeo competition generally runs two to three nights, and tickets are available at the gates.

The Pride of Texas Carnival livens things up every afternoon and evening, and a fleet of vendors offers treats such as funnel cakes, fresh lemonade and pizza by the slice.


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