NEW Open Class Building Creations

New Open Class Event!
Pre-Registration: Due July 11th
Entry: Wednesday, July 20, 5:00-7:00pm
Judging: Thursday, July 21, 2:00-4:00pm

1.Building Creations (LEGO®, K'NEX®, tooth picks, etc.) should be no larger than 24"(L) x 24" (W) x 60" (H). Special size accommodations can be made for larger creations with the approval of Mr. Jobe, Riley County 4-H Agent. Contact him at the Riley County Extension Office prior to entry, 785-537-6350.
2.Building Creations will be judged on theme, neatness and creativity.
3. Creations will be judged in (4) separate age categories: Junior (ages 7-9), Intermediate (ages 10-13), Senior (ages 14-19), and Adult ( 20+).
4. Group exhibits are allowed, but only one prize will be given per exhibit.
5. Each builder may enter a maximum of two exhibits.
6. All entries must be completely assembled when entered. Only minor repairs will be permitted at entry.

4-H Bake Sale

There's nothing better than fresh homemade baked goods! Cakes, cookies, breads and pies will be available.

Wednesday, July 20, 4-7 pm
Thursday, July 21, 8 am until they are gone.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Riley County 4-H Council

Blue Valley Pork Producers BBQ

Friday, July 22
5:00-7:00 pm
Pottorf Hall Patio

For $7.00 you can enjoy a pork burger, baked beans, chips, ice cream and drink.

Blueberry Pie Contest

Blueberry Pie Baking Contest
Sunday, July 24
1:00 p.m.

1. Open to anyone wishing to bake an blueberry pie
2. Entries must include a recipe. Pie must be checked in by 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 24
3. Please bring pie in disposable pie pan - pans will not be returned
4. Judging is based on appearance, presentation, crust, texture and flavor
5. Pies will be in two divisions: Traditional - Blueberry Only or Blueberry & Other
6. Pies cannot contain any raw/uncooked eggs; pies must be able to stand at room temperature (no refrigeration will be available)
7. Following judging, pies will be sold by the slice to the public. All proceeds will go to Riley County 4-H. If you wish to bake a pie and not have it judged, we will be happy to accept it and sell it to raise money for Riley County 4-H.
8. Winners will be announced immediately after judging has taken place. Besides the glory of having made the best homemade pie, winners will receive a prize from Eastside & Westside Markets.

Kaw Valley PRCA Rodeo

July 21, 22, and 23
8:00 p.m. performances
Kick up your heels at the 39th Annual Kaw Valley Rodeo.
Advanced Prices: To be announced
Gate Prices: To be announced
For more details, visit

Military Family Night

July 21, 2016
5:30 p.m. - Free picnic at Cico Park
8:00 p.m. - Free Admission to the Rodeo for military members and families with a ticket. Limited number of tickets available.

Three ways to receive your ticket:
1. Contact your Unit at Fort Riley
2. Contact Manhattan Chamber of Commerce at 785-776-8840
3. Contact Briggs Auto Group in Manhattan

NEW Honey Contest

New Open Class Event, Honey Contest
Entry: Thursday, July 21; 8:00-Noon at Pottorf Hall, CiCo Park
Judging: Thursday 21; 1:00pm
Release Exhibits: Monday, July 25, 5:00-7:00pm

Open to all beekeepers. All jars must be plain and free of labels. No inner seals in lids. Nonconforming containers will be disqualified and removed from display. Exhibitors may enter a maximum of one entry in each class. Konza Beekeepers will provide the prize money by mailing checks to the winners within ten days of the judging of entries. Prize money 1st place - $15, 2nd place - $10, 3rd place - $5.00 in each classes.

Three Categories: Extracte Honey, Chunk Honey, and Cut Comb Honey. Refer to the Riley County Fair Book download for more details (pg 72).

Ottaway Amusements Carnival

July 21-25 Open nightly from
6:00-10:00 p.m.

Ottaway Amusements operates one of the nation's best carnivals and they are coming to the Riley County Fair! Pepsi Wristband nights are available every night - Ride all rides between 6pm - 10pm
for $25.00. Single tickets prices will be announced at a later date

Pedal Tractor Pull

Thursday, July 21
Hurlburt Hall, CiCo Park
Registration begins at 7:00 p.m.
Pull begins at 7:30 p.m.

Youth ages 4-12 are invited to participate in the Pedal Tractor Pull. Contestants use their own pedal power to drive a pedal tractor pulling a weighted skid. Everyone receives a prize! Winners in each age group are eligible to compete at the Kansas State Fair in September.

Riley County Fair Parade

The Parade will be Thursday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. Parade route will be from the Manhattan Town Center to City Park.

Local organizations, businesses, groups and politicians are invited to take part in the parade. Parade entry is open to all interested parties. No pre-entry is required. Entrants should check in with parade marshals by 5:30 p.m. to reserve a space in the parade. The parade marshals will be wearing orange vests. Parade entrants need to be aware that city ordiances prohibit the throwing of candy and other items from vehicles. Items may be handed to parade spectators.

Shepherds Lead

Registration ends Friday, July 22; 12:00pm (noon)
Show: Friday July 22 at 7:00 p.m. Hulburt Show Arena, CiCo Park

The purpose of a lead class is to present sheep in the most attractive manner. Sheep and handler will wear garments purchased or constructed of at least 60% wool.

Pee Wee (Ages 5 and under)
Junior (Ages 6-9)
Intermediate (Ages 10- 14)
Senior (Ages 15- 20)
Adult (Ages 21 and older)

Fair Olympics

Entertainment Tent

Get ready for some good old-fashioned family fun at this year's Fair Olympics. Participants will take part in events such as the scoop shovel race, greased zucchini toss and other not-so-clean fun!!! Look for full contest details and pre-reigster online soon! Refer to the Download tab for more information.

Free Musical Entertainment

July 22 - 23

Enjoy live nightly entertainment by local musicians in the tent located north of Pottorf Hall. Email if you would like to participate in open mic night!

Live Music

Come out to the Schram Chyrsler Dodge Jeep Ram Tent on July 23rd at 7:30pm to enjoy Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel music.

Live Music Entertainment: Chappie

Chappie will be performing at 7:00 pm Friday July 22nd in the Schram Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Tent.

All events will take place at the Riley County Fair Grounds unless otherwise noted.
phone: (785) 537-6350
fax: (785) 537-6353
Riley County Fair Board
110 Courthouse Plaza
Manhattan, KS 66502
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