March 24th, 2019

2017 fairA pair of hogs get shown off as part of one of the many livestock shows during last year’s Five State Fair fun. This year’s Five State Fair will also feature several livestock shows put on by local young 4-H members. L&T file photo/Robert PierceELLY GRIMM
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The Five State Fair has been a staple of the Liberal community for many years and like in the past, this year’s fair festivities promise fun for the whole family. 

This year’s fair will be from Wednesday, Aug. 22 to Sunday, Aug. 26, with many acts in entertainment and fun and livestock set to be available for fair patrons. 

“When it comes to entertainment, it’d be our monster truck show. It’s going to be a little bigger this year and the intermission entertainment is going to be completely different and it’s going to be great,” Five State Fair President Rosa Conley said. 

“The thing I’m most excited about is the only thing that’s really going to cost anything is the monster truck show and the carnival, and we’ll also have a handful of free acts throughout the day people will be able to see,” Five State Fair Board member Brandee Cochran added. “It’s great because you can take the whole family and not spend a lot of money.”

And according to both Cochran and Conley, planning for this year’s festivities did not wait too long after last year’s fair. 

“We start basically right away, about the beginning of November is when we start preparing for the next fair,” Conley said with a chuckle. “It takes a lot of time and teamwork between all the fair board members, it’s a lot of hours.  As far as entertainment, there were a few things last year we wanted to have come back since we could offer it for free and since they’d been good with the audiences so we knew we wanted them back and then we began planning to find more entertainment for everyone for that weekend to enjoy.”

“We already knew the monster trucks would be coming back since they were so big last year,” Cochran added. 

This year’s fair will also include some new vendors and stands for both food and merchandise, and both Conley and Cochran said they are also looking forward to the livestock shows. 

“We’ve already had people from Colorado and Texas and Oklahoma contact us about animals being entered, which is great,” Cochran said. “It’s not just about all the entertainment, we think the livestock shows are also great because it gives the little ones especially the opportunity to see animals they may not have seen before and we encourage people to come out and support everything.”

“We’d definitely want the community to also know the entries in all the livestock shows from the 4-H members, they enjoy having an audience and we also want to see some support for them,” Conley said. “If you want to feed one or something like that, the 4-H members are happy and willing to show how to do that correctly and also educate people about their animal and what it all really entails. So look at the schedule and start making your plans to see everything. We feel like everything is getting bigger and we think that’ll be the case again this year.”

Cochran added staff will also bringing back the free stage area there near the Grandstands (where the RC cars racing used to be). Those interested in performing and in possession of the needed sound equipment needed can contact Jennifer Malin at (620) 482-6600 to arrange that. Cochran and Conley said there will also be several activities for children this year. 

“Saturday after the monster truck show, we would encourage all the little ones to sign up for our Kids’ Pedal Pull, which will start registration at 9:45 p.m. and is for children 4 and up,” Conley said. “We moved it to the evening since the afternoons were too hot and they also have the opportunity to win cash prizes and the division winners are also able to compete at the Kansas State Fair. We’re also bringing in Force 1 laser tag for each night because we figured it would be something for children to do for free and they’d have fun with it. We’re also bringing in a children’s mechanical bull for them to be able to ride, it’ll be plenty gentle enough for them to ride on and have fun with.”

Overall, the fair board is ready for this year and invites the community to take part in the fun. 

“Come out and see everything, I know the 4-H-ers participating in the livestock shows love seeing the support for the energy they put into their projects and animals,” Cochran said. “They’re so great and so ready to be there.”

“Just come out and walk around, it doesn’t cost anything to do that, and there will be a lot to see and do for everyone,” Conley added.

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