Due to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in Sumner County and to
do our part to keep our friends and neighbors safe and healthy, the
Sumner County Fair Board has decided to cancel the race events
scheduled for August 14 and 15th, 2020 in Caldwell, Kansas. Thank you to
everyone who supports these fund raising events for the fair; the board
hopes to see you later in the fall or next spring if we can reschedule the
2020 SUMNER COUNTY FAIR HAS BEEN CANCELLED!!!
Due to the increase in the spread of COVID-19, the loss of entertainment vendors, and the wish for the health and safety of our friends and neighbors, the Sumner County Fair Board, with regret, announces the cancellation of the majority of the 2020 Sumner County Fair events. The decision was not an easy one to make and was only done after careful consideration for all those involved. Last spring when initial plans for the fair were made, the board told the county 4-H and FFA youth to go ahead and purchase livestock for their projects and that whatever happened throughout the spring and summer, the fair board would provide a means for them to show and sell the animals. Thus, one part of the fair that will be held will be the livestock shows. However, the shows will be quite different from the regular show. Each species will be brought in at a specified time, shown, and then taken home. The shows will be spaced out so that sanitizing can be done between the shows. Participants will be required to wear masks while showing the animals; social distancing will be practiced as much as possible in the show ring and barn. Spectators should be limited to immediate family only; masks will be recommended but not required; social distancing should be practiced. A schedule of the show times for Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1 can be found in the fair tabloid.
The Junior Livestock Auction will also be held as scheduled at 2:30 pm on Sunday, August 2. It will be based in the Caldwell Community Building, but will also be available on line. It will be a premium sale as in the past, and add on premiums are welcome. 4-H cookie jars will be auctioned prior to the livestock. Anyone wishing to place a bid on a cookie jar or an animal can do so from the comfort of their living room if they prefer not to come to the sale. Please contact Julia Strnad (620-863-2471) for information regarding the sale. Again, at the sale masks will be recommended but not required and social distancing will be practiced.
The annual fair buttons will be available. Bryony Strecansky designed the button this year. Purchasing a button makes a person eligible for one of the five grand prizes of $100 each. Drawing for these five prizes will be held just prior to the livestock auction, but one does not have to be present to win. Buttons can be purchased in Caldwell at the One Stop and Red Barn or by contacting chairman Karla Davis (620-399-0443) or by stopping by the fair building during the livestock shows on July 31 or August 1. Buttons are sponsored by Cowley College this year. The annual medallion search will also be held on July 30 and August 2. Searchers will need to have a button to claim the $100 prize for finding the medallion (button #93). Clues will be posted on facebook and the south door of the new fair building at 8:00 am, 10:00 am, noon, and 2:00 pm on both Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1. Rules for the search are found in the fair tabloid. At the present time, the annual figure 8 race and demolition derby are still planned to be held on August 14 and 15, but having these events is subject to the progression of the spread of COVID-19 in Sumner County. If it is possible to have these events, having a fair button will reduce the admission price by $1. If the need to cancel the races arises, the cancellations will be put on our facebook page and website. Again, the decision to cancel these events will be made after careful consideration of health and safety of all those involved in any way with the events.
The fair tabloid this year will be coming out this week. It has the plans for those few fair events that will be held, and it also has the history of the Sumner County Fair. The fair board appreciates those businesses and individuals that purchased advertising to make this publication possible and asks that everyone thank those people when you see them. Thank you for supporting the fair in the past, understanding our need to cancel most events this year, and planning to attend the 94 th Sumner County Fair in 2021.
2020 Sumner County Fair Livestock Shows
Individual Species-Show from Trailer Shows
Friday, July 31 8:00 am Swine
Weigh-in will be from 6:00 am-7:30 am.
Friday, July 31 4:30 pm Sheep
Weight-in will begin at 3 pm.
Saturday, August 1 8:00 am Beef
Bucket Calves follow beef show.
To weigh-in contact Matt Theurer at 620-892-5557
Saturday, August 1 10:00 am Goats
Weigh-in will be from 8:00—9:45 am.
Remember, to sale at the SCJL Auction, you have to show the animal at the Sumner County Fair Livestock Show. If you do not feel comfortable showing at the fair, you can still make sure it is there and set it up for another exhibitor to show it for you. Wash racks will be available to rinse and cool animals. Have animals ready and to show out of trailers and take animals and mess home at the conclusion of the show. If you need help driving animals and/or need pens, please contact Lewis Kuchar at 620-218-4497.