Wyandotte County fair adds go kart racing to events
As the Wyandotte County Fair continues to rebuild and familiarize attendees with its “new” fairgrounds, it is adding a new feature that it hopes will serve to do both.
Organized by Jim Knetter, chairman of the fair board, this year the fair will debut go kart racing on a new go kart track. The fair also will provide the usual 4-H displays, carnival and other fun events like concerts and hot air balloon rides from Tuesday, July 21, through Saturday, July 25, at its fairgrounds in the county’s extreme northwest corner, 13700 Polfer Road.
Knetter said he knew there had been a go kart track in Wyandotte County, but as it has closed, he thought the fairgrounds might be a good option for a track.
“It was another thing that we could maybe have in the future on a weekly basis instead of just having it at the fair,” he said.
Located in the same area where the fair has held demolition derbies in the past, Knetter said he began building the track in February and has been finding connections with go-karting groups in the area who plan to attend the race. The Go Kart Races will take place on Friday at this year’s fair, with practice runs beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Amy Crouse, organizing committee member, said the fair continues to spread awareness about the new fairgrounds since the old grounds, now the home of Schlitterbahn Waterpark, closed in 2009. The fair began at the current location in 2011.
“A lot of people don’t even know that we’re up here, and a lot of people thought that when the old fairgrounds went away that the fair went away,” Crouse said.
This year, 4-H events begin Saturday through Monday. 4-H and open class project displays and animals will remain throughout the week as usual — but don’t expect to see any chickens. An outbreak of the avian flu means that no poultry will be shown at county fairs this year. Instead, the fair will offer “boneless poultry” with art displays of 4-H poultry projects.
The fair opens to the public on Tuesday, 5 to 11 p.m., with the petting zoo, carnival, pig races and pony rides all returning. There also will be free magic shows at 6:30 and 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Other special events include a pie contest on Tuesday, with entries from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and judging at 5 p.m. and a free concert at 7 p.m. in the arena with the Back Road Express, an old-time country band.
Tuesday night in the free tent is a martial arts demonstration at 7 p.m. by the Sagusu Family Martial Arts Studio.
Wednesday is Day Care day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a free performance by Basehor-Linwood High School’s Adam Crouse and Tyler Miller as the Treble Kids, 7-8 p.m., and a free concert by rock cover band Crabalocker, 8-10 p.m.
There also will be tethered Hot Air Balloon rides, weather permitting, from 6:30 p.m. to dusk on Wednesday.
Helicopter rides will be offered from 4 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday, charging $40 per rider for two to three riders at one time.
On Thursday, the Renegade Pullers, a garden tractor pull, will put on a show 6:30 p.m. in the arena. In the free tent is a Battle of the Bands with performers from area high schools.
In addition to the Go Kart Races on Friday, the Sully Brothers from 7-11 in the free tent.
On Saturday, the Midwest Mud Boggers Mud Run take over the arena at 6 p.m. The Prairie Praise Band performs from 5-6:30 in the free tent and then the Back Road Express from 7 to 11 p.m.
More information can be found at www.wycofair.com or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.