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Eleven-year-old Wyatt Krausnick gets in some one-on-one time with his chicken before he competes in Monday’s 4-H poultry show. (Johnson Publications photo)

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Horse show Supt. Gene Heathers helps keep track of the trophy order as 4-H youths wait for their awards after the show Sunday. (Johnson Publications photo)

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Fair hitting crescendo with packed days ahead

    Activity continues to mount as the Chase County Fair moves into its final four days.
    With the 4-H/FFA horse, rabbit, poultry and dog shows already in the books, entry day arrived Tuesday when the larger animals came in for the swine, sheep, goat and beef shows on Wednesday and Thursday.
    On Friday, the final 4-H events are scheduled with the morning rocket launch, round robin showmanship and 2 p.m. livestock auction.
    The Wednesday schedule continues into the afternoon and evening with family-friendly activities including mutton bustin’, opening of four days of Lions bingo, as well as the kids’ turtle races, frozen T-shirt contest, corn hole tourney and first day of the carnival’s four-day run.
    Wednesday also features the 12:30 p.m. opening of the four-day expo and its more than 100 exhibitors. The 4-H and open class exhibits also open to the public Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.
    Fair board members arranged for a daily carnival ride special this year that will encompass all hours the carnival is open each day (Wednesday-Saturday) for a $30 one-day price each day.
    Mega-ride passes for unlimited rides all four days can also be purchased at the ticket booth.
    Fair Board President Chad Oxford reflected on some of the events already completed.
    He said Sunday’s horse show went over well, and dodged the threat of a mid-afternoon storm. In anticipation of the rain and a tornado watch, County Extension personnel moved the horse show’s halter class as the last event instead of earlier in the day.
    Weather is always on the mind of the fair board, and Oxford said prospects for a dry, cooler week look possible.
    “It looks like mid-80s the rest of the week,” he said.

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