It’s Fair & Rodeo time in Kiowa County and for more than 100 years this time of year is the most anticipated by the farmers, crafters, children, 4-H and FFA people and those who just like to get out and have a fun time among friends and family. It’s a time where age-old traditions of the “Cowboy Way” join with new ways of working and having fun.
We thought we would provide one more way for people in Kiowa County and the hundreds of visitors who will be coming to the Fair this weekend to figure out what all is going on and how they can best enjoy the Kiowa County Fair & Rodeo.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE KIOWA COUNTY FAIR & RODEO WEEKEND
#1 – IS THE TRADITIONAL CHUCKWAGON BREAKFAST BACK AGAIN THIS YEAR?
Yes! The annual Chuckwagon Breakfast sponsored by the Eads Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday and Friday mornings starting at 6:00 am down on Maine Street in Eads at the GN-Bank vacant lot. The Breakfast is free for everyone, but donations are always welcome. The Kiowa County Museum will be open both mornings for people who would like to learn more about the history of the County.
#2 – WILL THERE BE A BARBEQUE AT THE FAIR THIS YEAR, AND IF SO, HOW MANY DAYS?
Yes again! The barbeque is back this year, as well, and will be held one day only on Friday, September 10 beginning at Noon. The barbeque is part of the gate admission price of $8.00 per day per person or $15 for the weekend. (Unfortunately, no KVAY Free Hamburger Fry this year.)
#3 – IS THERE A CARNIVAL AT THE FAIR THIS YEAR?
Yes! The County took matters into their own hands this year and purchased a number of ginormous blow-up water slides and bouncy toys just perfect for kids of all ages. The carnival area will be set up in the open lot in front of the Legion Hall and will include the Gone Surfin’85’ Water Slide, the 74’ Obstacle Extreme, the Wacky Train Bouncy House & Slide and the Candy Playland Bouncy House & Slide. Also included are smaller rides for the youngest children. The cost for the carnival includes: Kids under 3 are Free; Ages 3-9 are $5 per day or $12 for all 3 days; Kids 10+ cost $8 per day or $20 for all 3 days. The Carnival will be open from September 9-11. On Thursday and Friday, the hours are 10:00am to 6:00pm and on Saturday the Carnival is open from 11:30am to 6:00pm.
#4 – WILL THERE BE EXHIBITS AND VENDORS?
Again, Yes! The Exhibit Hall is located in the Kiowa Community Building on the Fairgrounds. The Exhibit Hall opens on Wednesday, September 8 from 5:00 to 7:00pm for Open Class Entries. On Thursday, September 9 the Exhibit Hall opens from 7:00 to 9:00am for Open Class Entries. It will close at 10:00am for judging of all exhibits on Thursday. It will open back up from Noon to 6:00pm on Thursday. The Exhibit Hall then opens at 8:00 am on Friday and 11:00am on Saturday. Vendors will be placed near the Exhibit Hall and Carnival area. There will also be room for vendors under the grandstands.
#5 – WHAT RODEO EVENTS WILL THERE BE, WHEN ARE THEY, AND HOW CAN I SIGN UP?
This year there are a number of special Rodeo events scheduled at the Kiowa County Fair & Rodeo.
Wednesday, September 8 at 6:00pm – SECCC Barrel Racing – Contact Tori Hawks
Thursday, September 9 at 1:00 pm – Dog Trials Competition – Contact Gary Wollert
Thursday, September 9 at 6:00pm – Team Roping Competition – JW McCuistion
Friday, September 10 at 1:00pm – CPRA Rodeo and Horse Races
Friday, September 10 at 1:00pm – Mutton Bustin’ ages 6 & under
Friday, September 10 at 6:00pm – Mountain States Ranch Rodeo – JW McCuistion
Saturday, September 11 at 1:00pm – CPRA Rodeo and Horse Races
Saturday, September 11 at 1:00m – Mutton Bustin’ ages 6 & under
Saturday, September 11 at 6:00pm – Ranch Bronc Riding – Salt River Rodeo Company
#6 – WHERE DO I FIND THE FFA AND 4-H ANIMAL DISPLAYS AND SHOWS?
The animal stalls and sale ring are located under the large Pavilion located on the far eastern edge of the Kiowa County Fairgrounds. The livestock will be on display throughout the weekend.
Wed., Sept. 8 – 10:00am – 4H & FFA Livestock in place
Thurs., Sept. 9 – 9:00am – 4H & FFA Swine Show
Thurs., Sept. 9 – Noon – 4H & FFA Beef Show
Thurs., Sept. 9 – 2:00pm – 4H & FFA Sheep Show
Thurs., Sept. 9 – 4:00pm – 4H & FFA Round Robin Showmanship
Fri., Sept. 10 – 9:30am – 4H & FFA Livestock Sale
#7 – WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO AT THE KIOWA COUNTY FAIR?
Beer Garden Open
Thurs., September 9 – 6:00pm to Midnight
Fri., September 10 – Noon to Midnight
Sat., September 11 – 2:00pm to Midnight
Live Music & Dancing
Saturday, September 11 --- 6:00 to 8:00pm – Cold Cuts – Beer Garden Stage
Saturday, September 11 – 9:00pm to Midnight – Little Wing - $5 admission (includes 1 free drink ticket)
Parade on Maine Street
Saturday, September 11 at 10:00am