The hot temperatures and mid-summer month on our calendars can only mean one thing — the Ford County Fair is quickly approaching. The 2017 Ford County Fair will be July 20-24, I hope avid gardeners and flower enthusiasts will consider entering some of their produce and beautiful flowers in the Open Class Division. 

All entries (except livestock and special contests) will be taken on Friday, July 20 from 7:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. The open class division is open to all Ford County residents. The exhibit building will be open from 4 until 9 p.m. that day for the public to check out all the exhibits. 

If you have a knack for baking bar cookies or painting barn quilts; then consider entering one of the special contests held during the Fair. The winner in each barn quilt division will be eligible to represent Ford County at the Kansas State Fair. All of these contests are open to adults and youth that reside in Ford County. Entries will be taken from 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 21.

The Dodge City Credit Union will be sponsoring turtle races for kids 12 and younger beginning at 4:30 p.m. on both Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. On Sunday, July 23, come out and see Edward Wunder, the hypnotist, for a great fun, family-friendly show. The Ford County Farm Bureau Association will be sponsoring an ice cream social at 2:30 p.m.

Monday, July 24 will be the last day of the Ford County Fair. The Just 4 Kids event runs from 10 a.m. until 11:20 a.m. The buyer appreciation meal begins at 5:30 p.m. The Fair King and Queen will be announced beginning at 6:30 p.m.If you bought tickets for the Ford County Fair Association’s Giveaway drawing, winners will be drawn at 6:45 p.m. The 4-H Grand and Reserve Champion Food Sale and Livestock Auction begins at 7 p.m.

A fair book and fair schedule can be downloaded online at or picked up at the Ford County Extension Office (100 Gunsmoke, second floor of the Ford County Government Center). For questions or more information, contact the Ford County Extension Office at 620-227-2542 or during the fair at 620-789-9001. 

Come help us celebrate youth, agriculture and the talents we have here in Ford County at the 2017 Ford County Fair!


Andrea Renee Burns is the extension agent for Ford County.