Family Fun Night & Just for Kids at Sand and Sage Fair

When folks want a good time, neither hot days nor rainy mornings will keep them away from the Sand and Sage Fair.  Hundreds of people came out for the Tuesday afternoon and evening Family Night at the fairgrounds.  Youngsters cooled off kayaking around a small, man-made pond along the roadway or sampled cups of chilled fruit while they were waiting for the hamburgers and hot dogs to grill.  Several folks watched while a chain saw master turned a tree stump into a life like dog.

Just after 5pm, the traditional ping pong ball drop took place in the parking lot on the east side of the old auction barn.  Kids swooped in for the balls as soon as the airplane swooped up, back into the skies.  While people lined up for $1 burgers and half-dollar hot dogs, a lot of young eyes were focused on the carnival rides that were being erected in the parking lot.  Kids also got a chance to test their throwing skills and technique with the tortilla toss.  Instead of swirling the flat food like a Frisbee, youngsters squeezed the soft dough into a baseball and went for the bleachers with a series of hefty throws.

Tuesday night was rounded out with Open Team Roping in the arena and the 4-H Fashion Review and awards presentation.  The annual greased pig contest, courtesy of the Granada FFA was also scheduled for the evening’s entertainment at the Pavilion.

Despite some morning sprinkles, lots of kids came out this Wednesday between 9am and noon for Sand and Sage Kids Day.  Various civic groups hosted free games and events for the youngsters, from hair painting to animal ring toss games and kids lined up to be able to build their own sugary cookie, using plenty of toppings.  Pat Palmer provided buggy rides with his ponies and folks from LiveWell Prowers County combined games with exercise for prize tickets.  The Lamar Fire Department was on hand, putting ‘Patches’ through his paces.  The blue-eyed animatron Dalmatian is remote controlled and the voice amplifier allows his human counterpart to hold a conversation that features coordinated eye and mouth movement.

The FFA/4-H Breeding Goat, Sheep and Beef Show was also taking place at the Pavilion.  The afternoon was highlighted with a free lunch for any kid age 12 and under.  Thursday will feature a 5pm Barrel Race Exhibition and 6pm Competition and the traditional Senior Citizen’s ham, bean and cornbread dinner starts at 5:30pm, followed by the DECA pie auction at 6 o’clock.  Fairgoer’s will have a chance to view the new Sheriff’s Posse headquarters at the fairgrounds entrance.  Posse members paid for the building as well as office furniture and remodeled the interior themselves.

By Russ Baldwin

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