Boogie back to the 1980s at the 76th Harveyville Fair

Dusted off your jump suit? Have you done that thing with your hair? Humming 1980s tunes? If not, it’s time, because this year’s 76th Harveyville Fair is promising a trip back to the crazy ’80s!

The Harveyville Fair Association starts the celebration this Friday, Sept. 27, and continues all day Saturday. The day includes a $100 first-place prize for a float with an ‘80s theme. Wear your best ‘80s garb and present yourself to the judges by the library Saturday afternoon.

So get out your stone-washed jeans, pull on your leg warmers, brush up that mullet, and head to the Harveyville Fair!

The Harveyville Fair is traditionally held the last weekend of September, when the town comes together to celebrate and offer a family-friendly event for all to enjoy.

Event times are subject to change, but here is the latest schedule:

Friday, Sept. 27

  • 8 p.m. – Outdoor movie, displayed on city building. Sponsors: Travis Hill and Jana Phillips. Free popcorn sponsored by the Harveyville School Project.
  • 8 p.m. – Strong man and woman competition (ballfield). Winners receive T-shirts. Sponsors: Richard and Linda Wiley.

Saturday, Sept. 28

  • 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – Inflatables (Oak/Wabaunsee), weather permitting, $10 unlimited rides.
  • 9 a.m. – Petting zoo, vendors open (front of IOOF).
  • 9 a.m. – Frog and turtle races (Oak Street). Sponsored by city of Harveyville. Scavenger hunt begins (list located at Oak Street/Roberts Barn). Sponsored by city of Harveyville
  • 9 a.m. – Chainsaw wood carver Steven Higgins, Oak Leaf Artistry (Church of Christ parking lot). Carvings will occur throughout the day and will be auctioned off at 6:45 p.m.
  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – Raffle ticket sales, Hooters Girls will be on site (Oak Street/Roberts Barn).
  • 9:45 a.m. – Nail driving contest (Oak Street/Roberts Barn).
  • 10 a.m. – Foot races, wheelbarrow races (ballfield). Sponsored by Flint Hills Bank.
  • 10 a.m. – Dunk tank (Oak and Wabaunsee), Harveyville Park fundraiser.
  • 10 a.m.- noon – Say Cheez Photo Booth, free (Rebekah Hall).
  • 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Children’s activities and games, train rides. Sponsors: Pepsi, Frito Lay, Spangles, Sonic, K&K Cattle, Schwant Tractor.
  • 10:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. – Music by Country Music Makers, Butch Akers and Mom (Oak Street) Sponsored by Harveyville Seed Co.
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Funky Face Painting (Oak Street), free.
  • 11 a.m. – Adult and teen skillet toss (behind firehouse).
  • 11 a.m. Drummer Cherish Lierz (Oak Street/Roberts Barn).
  • 11:30 a.m. – Eating contest (Oak Street/Roberts Barn).
  • 12 p.m. – Whiplash Pro Wrestling (by City Hall).
  • 12:30 p.m. – Presentation of Harveyville Royalty (Oak Street). Flowers provided by Tami Cheuvront, A Special Event.
  • 1 p.m. Kiddie and pet parade (Oak Street). Sponsored by First National Bank of Harveyville.
  • 1:10 p.m. – Free cupcakes (Oak Street).
  • 1:30 p.m. – Main parade registration (front of old school).
  • 2 p.m. – Main parade – float prizes, first, $100, second, $50, and third, $25. Sponsored by: Higgins Stone. Following the parade will be a watermelon feed sponsored by American Legion and Rebekah Hall.
  • 3-4:30 p.m. – United Methodist Church Tour (Wabaunsee and Maple).
  • 3 p.m. – Whiplash Pro Wrestling (by City Hall).
  • 3 p.m. – Renegade mower pull (behind firehouse).
  • 3:45 p.m. – Water balloon, egg toss and bubblegum blowing contests (Oak Street).
  • 4:30 p.m. – Eric Vaughn’s Comedy Magic Show (Oak Street) – Bring a chair or blanket and be ready for some fun.
  • 4:30 p.m. – Fun run registration (Harveyville Project/old school, north parking lot, $20 includes shirt).
  • 5 p.m. – 2.1 mile fun run, start and finish at Harveyville Project, Harveyville Park fundraiser.
  • 6:30 p.m. – Raffle winners announced and auction starts. (Oak Street).
  • 7 p.m. – Ice cream social (Oak Street). Sponsors: Gary and Glenda Dixon.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Live entertainment featuring Close Enough; bring a lawn chair down to Oak Street.

For updates to the schedule, see the Harveyville Fair Association Facebook page here.

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