Starting with the Bar Stool Boys on Thursday evening and ending with the Antique Tractor Pull on Sunday afternoon, the 2019 Sully County Fair will continue the 97 year tradition of bringing ‘before the eyes of every citizen in the county’ the latest farming practices and handiwork of the community.
All 4-H exhibits will be entered at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 8. The Bar Stool Boys will take the fairgrounds stage to perform their acoustic duets of familiar country and pop music. The music show is sponsored by Weischedel Bucking Bulls and will be followed by a watermelon feed sponsored by Vilas Healthcare and outdoor showing of the movie The Little Rascals sponsored by Wade Fischer Trucking (bring your own lawn chair for the movie).
All Open Class exhibits will be entered between 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9, and judging of both 4-H and Open Class exhibits will take place Friday morning.
The Alumni Building will open at 10:00 a.m. for alumni registration and fairgoers are invited to take in the displays inside.
From noon until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, the inflatable carnival offers a variety of bouncers, slides and obstacle courses to meet fairgoers’ extreme fun needs.
At 1:00 p.m., the FFA is conducting a cornhole tournament, and at the same time, the FCCLA will be hosting the Kid’s Play Day, registration at 12:30 p.m. Return to the Fair’s roots to view the work of your friends and neighbors on display in the Women’s Building which opens to the public at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.
Minute to Win It games start at 2:30 p.m. on the fairgrounds stage, and registration for the Pedal Tractor Pull starts an hour later with the pull slated to start at 4:00 p.m. sponsored by Lamb Implement.
A cow doing its business becomes a source of entertainment during the American Legion sponsored cow-pattie bingo at 4:30 p.m..
Friday events conclude with the PRCA Sutton Catfish Stampede Rodeo and Mutton Bustin’ starting at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday starts with breakfast for the alumni when they gather at the Phoenix Center for a time of visiting at 8:00 a.m.
In the arena at 8:30 a.m., the Dakota Riders Timed Event Extravaganza commences.
Kaelie’s 4th annual Kolor Run will have supporters of the fight to cure Type I diabetes racing to color stops throughout the community to receive a dousing of pigment starting at 9:00 a.m.
Also at 9:00 a.m., a kickball tournament will get underway at the baseball field. Culinary artists will begin plying their trade as the rib cook-off begins.
The Peterson Farm Brothers are on the fairgrounds stage at 10:00 a.m. Since 2012, the Central Kansas farm family has amassed more than 50 million views of its thirteen parody videos, including Farming and I Grow It and Farmer Style. The family creates social media content to promote agriculture and works to positively impact those within and without the ag community. The Peterson Farm Brothers performance is sponsored by Doug and Clarie Marsh.
Alumni registration continues at the Alumni Building and fairgoers are invited to take in the displays inside starting at 10:00 a.m.
For the younger set, the inflatable carnival will again be open from noon until 6:00 p.m. Also from noon until 6:00 p.m. is an opportunity to pursue laser tag, a great game for a couple of friends, a party, or to join in with a new group of people. For shopping enthusiasts, the art and vendor fair will also be from noon until 6:00 p.m.
Registration for the stick-horse rodeo is at noon for the competition that starts at 12:15 p.m.
At 1:00 p.m., competitors will begin preparing their chili recipe for the Charlie Miller Memorial Chili Cook-off, with the contest results announced and chili and rib feed starting at 5:00 p.m. Tickets sell for $8.00 for the feed, which includes chili, ribs, pop, sponsored by the Wheat Land Lions, and ice cream, sponsored by the Onida Chamber.
Winners of the special awards in Open Class exhibiting will be announced from the fairgrounds stage at 1:00 p.m. The red carpet will roll out for the Hollywood-themed Youth Talent Contest at 1:30 p.m. sponsored by Yackley Ranches and Silver City Symphony
Gamblers and gators will take to the streets of Onida at 2:00 p.m. when they endeavor to assemble the best poker hand during the poker run.
A parody on the hen pecked husband and his long suffering wife will take place in the frying pan and tire toss competitions starting at 3:30 p.m.
Where the chips fall will determine the winner of Saturday’s American Legion cow pattie bingo game which gets underway at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday events conclude with the PRCA Sutton Catfish Stampede Rodeo and Mutton Bustin’ starting at 7:30 p.m.
After the frenzied pace of the first three days of the fair, Sunday dawns with the fellowship of coffee and rolls in the centennial building and continues with the contemplation of gospel music at 9:30 a.m. and the all faiths community church service at 10:30 a.m. The fellowship continues with the alumni and community potluck picnic at 11:30 a.m.
Signaling the close of the 97th Sully County Fair, exhibits will be released at 1:00 p.m., and the antique tractor pull will take place.