With a 2021 theme of “Heroes Unite,” the Johnson County Fair begins Tuesday, July 27, and ends Sunday, Aug. 1.
Admission to the county fairgrounds, located just north of downtown Gardner, is free and includes entry into many exhibits and events. Admission tickets for main grandstand events may be purchased onsite.
The annual fair offers a wide variety of activities from Tuesday through Saturday, including livestock/poultry viewing and judging. Other attractions include amateur flat track races, demolition derby, barrel racing, live entertainment, carnival rides and an assortment of exhibits, booths and foods.
A Johnson County booth with employees from various departments will offer county materials, giveaways and the opportunity to participate in a Spin-to-Win Wheel to learn more about Johnson County and county government. The Sheriff’s Office and the noxious weed program of the Public Works Department will also have booths with all three sites located in the Commercial Building.
The Johnson County Fair Parade is Saturday, July 31, starting at 10 a.m. through downtown Gardner and featuring floats, riders on horseback, marching bands, clowns and antique vehicles. From 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment will offer free COVID vaccinations in the Commercial Building.
The 2021 fair ends Sunday with a church service, release of animals and exhibits, and cleanup of the fairgrounds.
A detailed listing of events, schedules, fees and directions is accessible at jocokansasfair.com. Information also is available by calling the Fair Information Line at 913-856-8860 or the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Office at 913-715-7000 or visiting johnson.ksu.edu.