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County fair offers few rides, but 4-H, FFA and FCE exhibits plentiful

Despite the success of recent Johnson County fairs, this year’s event left some adults and children who came to enjoy the rides and food disappointed, as well as members of the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce.  Tom Reece, who currently serves as the local Chamber of Commerce president, believes this was due to the lack of rides and concession stands sent by Sunshine Amusements who operates out of Florida.  Johnson County has used this company in the past to provide the carnival aspect of the county fair.
“I apologize for the limited number of rides,” said Reece.  He added the Chamber was disappointed that the Sunshine Amusements’ management brought such a limited amount of entertainment for Johnson Countians.  “The Chamber is looking for different avenues to appeal to a wider cross section of the county and age groups,” said Reece.  According to Reece, the Chamber welcomes input from Johnson Countians with any ideas they may have that would have a wide appeal for local residents.  Reece added both Friday and Saturday evenings saw a jump in attendance, and the ATV event was well attended.
Despite the small size, those at the fair could enjoy a limited number of rides including the Ferris wheel. Children could jump up and down to their hearts content in the inflatable moon bounce areas, enjoy the twirling Berry go Round, as well as ride an American Paint horse.  
Just a little walk away from the ride area was the Johnson County 4-H Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Family Consumer Sciences (FCE) exhibits.   James and Lori Kegley, owners of Iron Mountain Farms, had generously sent some of their animals on loan to Johnson County for the event.  There were goats, sheep, alpacas, birds, chickens, pheasants, quail and peacocks, as well as horses and donkeys.  Lori explained that some of the chickens began as eggs purchased on eBay out of Utah.  They arrived just before the tornado struck Johnson County.  This was the first year the animals were on display at the county fair.
Johnson County 4-H, FFA and FCE exhibits were on hand that included a large variety of vegetables.  Participants as young as fourth graders submitted peppers of all types, beans, cantaloupe, tomatoes of varying sizes, cucumbers, an assortment from the squash family, okra, onions, potatoes and corn.  There were also canning exhibits that included green beans, jams, jellies and honey, pickles and relish, beets and tomatoes.  Additionally, there were field crop and agricultural mechanics entries, as well as youth home economic displays that included food items, floral designs, photography, paintings and other handcrafted designs.