By GREATER GARDEN CITY
Saturday’s Finney County Fair is chock full of fun, food and entertainment.
Saturday’s events will feature food trucks all day long, as well as the Meat Your BBQ Pellet Grill competition.
Nine teams have entered the competition which features cooking their various meats using pellet grills. Most started their day around 5 a.m.
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).
Food will also be available Saturday from Pinky’s Grilled Cheese-stro, Drink It Milk Tea House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the 4H concession stand.
“The nice thing is it’s a variety of food. They can get a sandwich or something else,” Barbara Robertson, fair board secretary, said.
Other Saturday events include a dunk tank, kids pedal tractor pull, turtle races, premium 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.
Based in St. Louis, the band offers a high energy show. The free concert starts at 8 p.m. inside the Exhibition Building.
“I promise you, if you close your eyes and listen you can’t tell if it’s them or the original artists. They’re very talented. It’s very exciting,” said Fair Board Treasurer Carole Fry.
Both Fry and Robertson said the fair is going well.
Robertson said she has seen an increased interest in fair activities this year, noting how many questions she’s fielded about when the Amazing Christopher balloon artist was going to perform, or whether the petting zoo was open.
“People are asking about it. When is this, when is that,” she said. “Everybody seems to be really excited about all the concerts this year. That’s another plus.”
Fry thanked all the sponsors of the Finney County Fair and said “it takes a village” to put on the fair.
“Our fair board’s not very large – there’s only seven of us – and six out of seven of us work full time jobs. It takes a lot to put it on,” Fry said.
Finney County Fair Events
Saturday, July 27
All Day – Food Truck Saturday; Meat Your BBQ
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. – Free Concert: That 80’s Band