Wyandotte County Fair
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The Wyandotte County Fair is the largest county fair in the neighboring states of Kansas and Missouri. Held in the western part of Kansas City, Kansas, the fair features such events as livestock exhibitions, country-music concerts, rodeo, tractor pull, demolition derby, carnival rides, 4-H livestock auction, and concerts. The fairgrounds contains 11 buildings, an arena with a capacity of 8,000 occupancy, two picnic areas, and a parking area. The grand event attracts more than more than 100,000 people each year.
The Wyandotte County Fair made its first appearance in 1863. That fair was small in scale and featured four livestock tents and two home economics tents. During its initial years, the fair did not have any permanent venue and was held at different locations. The county agents and the Fair Association gathered funds and purchased the land houses its current venue. The first fair, at its permanent venue, was held in 1955.
Over the years, the Wyandotte County Fair has established itself as a hot venue for country-music concerts. Many famous artists launched their careers through this fair. Apart from the traditional entertainment and exhibits, the fair has attained a modern face. Newer entertainments such as rodeo shows, wild carnival rides and demolition derby are currently the major crowd pullers.
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Fairs not only created a sense of community, they also reflected the uncertainties of settling the plains. When times were hard, fairs were either canceled or hampered by poor exhibits. When times were good, exhibits were extensive and local ...