Food and fun for the family at Sedgwick County Fair – Wichita Eagle

The smell of Pronto Pups in the fryer, the shouts of children on the carnival rides and the sights of sheep and steer in the show ring are coming to Cheney this week for the Sedgwick County Fair.

“It’s got all the cool stuff of the state fair but in a manageable size,” said Marti Johnson, public relations director for the fair. “And it’s just a nice county fair. It’s got the 4-H show, it’s got the rides, it’s got the fair food, it’s got a demolition derby – what more could you want?”

And admission and parking are free.

“You can bring the whole family without it costing an arm and a leg,” she said. “It’s a good buy for the buck if you’re trying to entertain the fam.”

And when you get there, Johnson said, you can expect a typical small-town county fair.

“Cheney kind of rolls out the red carpet for the fair every year,” she said. “If you want to get close to a big pig or pet the bunny, you can do that.”

The “red carpet” will fit right in with this year’s fair theme: “All American Flair,” encompassing both traditions and some added originality.

“The fair starts right after the Fourth of July, so we wanted to have a red, white and blue theme,” Johnson said. “That slogan carries over to the parade, so I imagine we’re going to have some red, white and blue floats.”

The parade will officially start the fair at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on Main Street. The fair ends Saturday.

“Then pick your favorite fair food,” she said. “It’s everything from church-lady food to funnel cakes. If grandma wants chicken noodles and pie and the kids want pizza, it’s not a problem here.”

The Pride of Texas Carnival will take place from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The carnival will not be held on Wednesday night as planned, because Pride of Texas was late in leaving a show in Texas and will need the extra time to safely set up the rides when it arrives in Cheney, according to a Sedgwick County Fair Facebook post and media reports. Carnival wristbands are $25 at the gate. The wristbands grant you unlimited access to one night of rides.

Throughout the fair, you will also find what Johnson calls “the best lineup of local bands you’re going to find in one place – ever.” Among them: the 90 Proof Project, Free State Renegades, Adam Capps Band and Big Red Horse.

And if music is not your thing, Johnson said there is still something for everyone at the fair, including 4-H’ers showing their goats or pigs, this year’s season of “Fair’s Got Talent” or the ranch rodeo where cowboys will compete in tasks they perform daily.

Kaitlyn Alanis: 316-268-6290, @KaitlynAlanis

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