Get into a sunflower daze at Melvern’s county fair

Melvern Sunflower Days Fair, Osage County’s first fair of the season, begins Thursday. The fair features 4-H exhibits, fun games, carnival rides, a parade, fireworks, and of course, sunflowers.

Summertime means it’s time for sunflowers and the first Osage County fair of the year, which begins this week at Melvern.

Melvern Sunflower Days Fair will be June 27, 28 and 29 at the Melvern fairgrounds and city park. The fair will feature a carnival for all three days of the fair, with amusements provided by Lewellen Rides and Entertainment. In addition, Melvern organizations will offer ice cream for sale each night in the city park. The traditional senior class concession stand will also be open throughout the fair.

The fair begins Thursday with entry of all 4-H and FFA exhibits, including livestock, at 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Melvern Community Center. At 1 p.m., judging of halls will commence. Thursday evening at 6:30, the baby show will be held at the community center, with categories for infants to six months old and seven to 12 months old.

062613sunflowerinsigniaFollowing the baby show, at 8 p.m., will be the talent show contest. Anyone who would like to show their talent should call George Alexander at 785-549-3419 to register. Also at 8 p.m., the bingo games begin and will be offered each night of the fair.

On Friday, 4-H showing and judging continues, along with the carnival, bingo and ice cream. The highlight of the evening will be a live performance featuring the band Wampus Cat Cryin.

Saturday morning, contests for kids of all ages begin at 9 a.m., with the first events, foot races, at the Marais des Cygnes Valley High School ball diamonds. Following the foot races other contests will be held at the city park, including the popular money hunt, sponsored by Lyndon State Bank, and the nail driving contest, sponsored by Lyndon Building Materials. Other contests include turtle races (registration about 10:45 a.m.), water balloon toss, egg toss, and hay bale throwing contest. The “old fashioned games” will continue after lunch.

All 4-H exhibits will be released from noon to 1 p.m.

Melvern’s ever-popular fair parade, with line-up beginning at 6:15 p.m., will feature a marching performance by the Kansas National Guard 35th Division Band. The parade begins at 7 p.m. and will also have another one of Melvern’s favorite parade performances, the Cruz Line Drummers, a high school drum corps from Topeka. Grand marshals for the parade are Wayne and Pat Litch, a longtime Melvern area farming couple.

Following the parade, Osage County Emergency Management will be selling weather radios at a discounted price, at the  OCEM mobile command van parked on Main Street.

At 8 p.m., the evening’s entertainment will be gospel singing at the city park stage. At about 10 p.m., a fireworks show presented by Jerry Kramer will light up the city park as a finale to the 2013 Sunflower Days.

Revised 11:05 p.m. June 28, 2013, to correct the name of the Wampus Cat Cryin band.

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