Cheyenne County Fair
Enjoy rides, food and see old and new friends!
When: August 3-6, 2016
Where: Cheyenne County Fair Grounds
In August, county residents flock to the fair to view the 4-Hers' animals and other projects. After working hard for a year, the 4-Hers anxiously await the judge's decisions. A State Fair Blue is what everyone is striving for, but learning to work hard and doing their best is the most rewarding experience for 4-Hers.
Highlights: The 4-H livestock sale is held at the fair grounds. 4-H exhibits are up in the fair ground for viewing.The home-owned Carnival starts on Wednesday evening and runs through Saturday night. The fair parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in downtown St. Francis; there is also the 4-H horse show, mud volleyball, and a demolition derby.
Fun Facts: The Cheyenne County Fair is a safe place for kids of all ages to play and visit with old friends while making new ones.
History: The very first fair in Cheyenne County was held in Wano in 1885. In 1887, livestock and vegetables were shown, and the highlight was a 300-yard horse race with a $5.00 purse presented to the winner. In 1888 the county fair was moved to Bird City. Due to the drought and grasshopper plague, the fair was discontinued in the early 1890s. Then, in 1923, the Cheyenne County Fair association was organized and a county fair was held again in October of that year. Early fairs were held at the airport; traveling carnivals came to town. In 1945 4-H exhibits were first shown at the courthouse.
Land for the present fairground was purchased in 1946. Bleachers were hauled in until the Grandstand could be built.The grandstand construction was completed in 1948. The old lumberyard building was moved to the fairgrounds. A new exhibit building, Jenkins Hall, was built in the 1970's. In the 1980's the home-owned carnival equipment was purchased. There have been many additions and updates since then; the new sleek metal grandstand was built in 2000.
Sponsor: Cheyenne County Fair Board
Contact: Cheyenne County Extension Office (785) 332-3171
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