Grant Swendson

The 115th annual Atchison County Fair will be held in Effingham, Kansas, in August. Grant Swendson showcases the top pie at the 2020 Atchison County Fair.

The 115th annual Atchison County Fair will be held in Effingham, Kansas, in August. County extension agents Diane Nielson and Ray Ladd help organize and support the fair each year. Diane Nielson said the theme this year is “Plant Your Roots in Atchison County.” The fair will start on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and will end on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the fairgrounds. “Fairs are a county and community tradition and they are a time of celebration for the community,” Neilson said. “It brings together volunteers who assist with the county fair and it gives an opportunity for those not living in the county to come visit.”

The 115th annual Atchison County Fair will be held in Effingham, Kansas, in August.

County extension agents Diane Nielson and Ray Ladd help organize and support the fair each year.

Diane Nielson said the theme this year is “Plant Your Roots in Atchison County.” The fair will start on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and will end on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the fairgrounds.

“Fairs are a county and community tradition and they are a time of celebration for the community,” Neilson said. “It brings together volunteers who assist with the county fair and it gives an opportunity for those not living in the county to come visit.”

This year, there will be a King Arthur cinnamon roll baking contest on Aug. 3. Registration will open online and out-of-state participants will be accepted. A $75 gift card for King Arthur baking products will be given to the top ranked cinnamon rolls.

The local Lions Club will have bounce houses each day from late afternoon until dark. A discounted wristband is available for pre-purchase at local Exchange Bank branches.

Fair board president Joe Taliaferro said there will be entertainment on stage each night of the fair. There will be performances by Gary McKnight on Thursday, Matt Snook on Friday and Eric Dylan on Saturday.

The first day of the fair will hold rabbit, dairy and beef judging. There will also be judging for flower and fiber art projects. The open class exhibits will be accepted starting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

On Thursday, there will be a 4-H County Horse Show at noon and a Grand Entry & Open Horse Show at 6:45 p.m. at the horse arena. A kid pedal power contest will be held at 4 p.m. at the shelter house and mutton busting will be at 7 p.m. at the livestock arena.

On Friday night, there will be the traditional fair parade at 7 p.m. on Main Street.

The Saturday schedule includes the Knuckle Draggers Car Show in the morning. The Livestock and Mary Boldridge Cake Sale which benefits the 4-H scholarship fund will be held in the afternoon.

On Wednesday evening, there is a 4-H food exhibit and sale that will benefit youth in the area.

A BBQ cookoff contest will be held on Saturday afternoon. Food concessions on the fairgrounds will include the Atchison County Dairy Ice Cream stand, the Atchison 4-H food stand and the Effingham Union Church food stand.

For the 2021 fair schedule or to register for contests, visit their website at atchison.k-state.edu.

Maragret Slayton can be reached at margaret.slayton@newspressnow.com.