Finney County Fair gets underway this week

Work was well underway Monday afternoon on setting up the Exhibition Building for the 2019 Finney County Fair. The fair officially starts Wednesday and continues through Saturday at the Finney County Fairgrounds.

By Greater Garden City

The 2019 Finney County Fair officially kicks off on Wednesday, but organizers and 4-Hers have been busy setting up, entering exhibits and judging exhibits already.

Wednesday’s activities include sheep, rabbit, poultry, bucket calf and beef shows followed by the first of three free concerts this week featuring Jason Pritchett at the Finney County Exhibition Building.

According to his website, Pritchett is putting Western back in country music. He’s a real cowboy from Independence, Mo. He rode PRCA ranked bulls for several years until he found his true passion of country music.

In a few short weeks Pritchett’s first single “Good Show” climbed the charts to the top 20, hitting No.16. In Jason’s first week on the charts, he was the highest debuting country artist with his single “Good Show.” Jason has just kicked off his “Buck, Twist, and Jerk” tour with performances opening for Tyler Farr, Lee Brice, and Thomas Rhett to name a few.

Thursday events include the swine show, horse speed events and public fashion revue; while Friday includes the goat show, Supreme Showman, Meat the BBQ, and free concert featuring State Line Drive.

According to their biography, State Line Drive was formed when twin brothers Mason and Micah Marrs from Missouri joined forces with brothers Joel and Jordan Mills from Kansas. These teenagers have been traveling across the Midwest ever since. 

In early 2015 they released their first country project, Stay Green, with Seedhouse Records in Nashville, TN.  The Stay Green Tour took them to over 40 towns in 6 different states in the summer of 2015. The following year they released their second project with Seedhouse Records, Curshin on You, and spent the next summer on the road with the Crushin on You Tour.

They have had the privilege of opening for national acts such as Billy Currington, Scotty McCreery, Parmalee, Gloriana, Mark Chesnutt, Keith Anderson and more. They have appeared on several Kansas City radio and television shows, and sang the National Anthem before a Kansas City Royals game.

While country music makes up the heart of their set, they throw in a great mix of pop and rock from the 80’s to today as well. Their tight harmonies, high energy show and young image make them a hit with audiences of all ages.

Saturday will feature food trucks all day long, as well as the Meat Your BBQ Pellet Grill competition. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be hot topic info sessions about grilling, food prep and question and answer sessions. Sliders will be offered for $1 starting at 11:30 a.m. and the competition winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

Prizes will be given to winners in each category: Beef (Yeti Cooler & Gift Certificate to Buster Red Meats); Pork (12 bags of pellets & spice bundle); and Choice (Traeger 575 Pro Grill).

Other Saturday events include a dunk tank, kids pedal tractor pull, turtle races, auction, Quilts of Valor presentation, Mutton Bustin’, a shoe rodeo, car show and free concert featuring That 80s Band.

According to their website, That 80s Band captures the moments and looks of the 80’s. The band uses multiple singers to encompass the many musical styles of the time. Authentic outfits and sounds further enhance the experience. High end lights, video and props from the 80’s makes the transformation complete.

That 80s Band covers such artists as The Eurhythmics, Wang Chung, Tears for Fears, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, Prince, and Def Leppard. Bring your big hair, skinny ties, and short skirts with leg warmers and get ready to rock in premier 80s style with That 80s Band.

Don’t forget to take a look at the various exhibits this week, as well. The Exhibition Building hours are noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

In addition, the carnival is set up in the Exhibition Building parking lot with hours from 6 p.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday.

Finney County Fair Event Lineup

Wednesday, July 24

7 – 10 a.m. – Check in Rabbits, Poultry

8 a.m. – Sheep Show

9 a.m. – Poultry Show

11 a.m. – Rabbit Show

1 p.m. – Poultry Show

1 – 3 p.m. – Bucket Calf Consultation (by Appointment)

2 – 5 p.m. – 4-H Ambassadors’ Farmer for the Day

6 p.m. – Bucket Calf Show; Beef Show

8 p.m. – Concert: Jason Pritchett

Thursday, July 25

8 a.m. – Swine Show

2 – 5 p.m. – 4-H Ambassadors’ Farmer for the Day

6 p.m. – Check in Horse Speed Events: Barrels, Flags, Poles

7 p.m. – Horse Speed Events: Barrels, Flags, Poles

7 p.m. – Public Fashion Revue

Friday, July 26

8 a.m. – Goat Show

2 – 5 p.m. – 4-H Ambassadors’ Farmer for the Day

6 p.m. – Supreme Showman

6 – 8 p.m. – “Meat the BBQ”

8 p.m. – Concert: State Line Drive

Saturday, July 27

All Day – Food Truck Saturday; Meat Your BBQ

6:30 a.m. – Breakfast for 4-Hers

7 a.m. – Breakfast for Buyers

8 a.m. – Premium Auction

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Dunk Tank

11 a.m. – Kids Pedal Tractor Pull

1 p.m. – Quilts of Valor Presentation

2 p.m. – Registration: Ambassadors Turtle Races

3 p.m. – Ambassadors Turtle Races

5 – 5:45 p.m. – Registration: Mutton Bustin’

5 p.m. – Shoe Rodeo

6 p.m. – Mutton Bustin’ Event

6 – 9 p.m. – Kruise-in with Kansas Kruisers

8 p.m. – Concert: That 80’s Band

8 – 11 p.m. – 4-H Dance (Show Ring)

For more information about the fair, the Finney County Fair Book can be found online at: and clicking on “Finney County Fair Book”