No summer is complete without a trip to the fair. The sights and smells of corn dogs, summer heat, ferris wheel lights twinkling in the night, livestock shows and live music from the bandstand can’t help but revive happy memories from years ago.
Here are eight county fairs happening around Kansas City this summer. Some are close, a few require a bit of a drive but are worth it.
For more festival fun, be sure to check out FREE and cheap Kansas City summer festivals.
Wyandotte County Fair: July 9-13
Enjoy traditional fair favorites and win big with some fun, special contests like the homemade fruit pie contest, best Lego display and grand champion yeast bread. Admission is $2.50 per person.
Cass County Fair: July 16-21
Walk through the gates and take musical entertainment, livestock shows, a car show and exhibits all for FREE at this history-rich jubilee.
Platte County Fair: July 24-27
Save yourself some money by getting advance tickets online. By saving a few bucks you’ll have more to savor on funnel cakes. Hurry, deals expire July 1 and July 13.
Johnson County Fair: July 28-Aug. 3
Held in Gardner, Kansas, the JOCO County fair offers FREE admission to attendees.
Douglas County Fair: July 29-Aug. 3
Admission is FREE so dose up on 4-H cat, dog and horse shows then enjoy performances by the Wakarusa River Band, Kim and the Quake, Walker Montgomery and a battle of the bands featuring all genres of music.
Leavenworth County Fair: July 30-Aug. 3
Leavenworth is serious about its county fair. They have dates lined out for the next three years. Everyone is invited to participate and have a good time supporting 4-H exhibits, enjoying the rodeo and competing with duct tape and pie (not at the same time). FREE admission.
Missouri State Fair: Aug. 8-18
Discount ticket opportunities are plentiful for this state tradition. Check out our earlier post to find something that matches your schedule.
Higginsville Country Fair: Sept. 14-21
Wrap up the summer with a FREE visit to the Higginsville County Fair 50 miles east of Kansas City (I told you that you might need to drive). There’s plenty of eating, contests (some with no entry fee) and fellowship.