National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo

NCPREncouraging ‘fair’ poets to become ‘good’ and ‘good’ poets to become ‘better’, August 4th – 6th at the Historic Shockey & Landes. For tickets, rules, and entry form, click here!

Check-in for contestants and judges is at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 4th. Friends and family are welcome to join for refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Stick around for a Special Guest Performance and Open Mic Session from 7 pm to 9 pm!


The Chapman FFA Chapter will host a pork burFFAger BBQ on Thursday, August 4, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the livestock arena. The meal includes a grilled pork burger, baked beans, chips, pickle, cookie, and bottled water. To-go boxes are available. Advance tickets are on sale through Chapman FFA Members through July 27th. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the BBQ.

Donut Hole Eating Contest

Think you can handle it? Join us for a Donut Hole Eating Contest on Saturday, Aug. 6th at 5 p.m. at the Royer Bandshell.
Donut Hole Rules
Donut Hole Entry Form

What’s It Worth?

Check out the CKFF version of the Antiques Road Show on Monday, Aug. 8th, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm in the large room of Sterl Hall! Stop by the CKFF Office at 619 N. Rogers for your entry form. Please turn in your $5 entry fee and entry card by Thursday, August 4th in the CKFF office.

King Arthur Baking ContestKing Arthur

Love to show off your baked goods? Compete in the King Arthur Flour Baking Contest.  This year’s theme is Cinnamon Rolls!  Contest is Saturday, Aug. 6th at 2 pm.

CKFF’s Got Talent

Join us Sunday, August 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the Bandshell as we seek to find the top talent in the area. Any age and type of talent is welcome! Each group/contestant will have 5 minutes to perform for a panel of judges. Entries are due by 1:00 p.m. Sunday, August 7, in the CKFF Office.

Cow Lottery

Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 6, during the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo, a cow will be placed in the Rawhide Portable Corral north of the stadium. Squares will be marked out on the ground, and whichever square the cow’s pie lands on is the winner! Tickets are $10 and will go on sale at 6:00 pm each night. The winner will be announced during the Rodeo.

Weiner Dog Race

Saturday, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. $10 entry per dog. Cash prizes available.
Weenie Dog Race Rules
Registration Form

Arm Wrestling

Put your strength to the test in the Arm Wrestling tournament Saturday, August 6th! Registration begins at 5pm, and competition starts at 7pm. The competition is open to 69 contestants, divided into 7 different classes. Please see the Rules & Release Form for more information.

Cowboy Church Service

Sunday, August 7, 8:30 am, at the Beef Show Barn. Message and music provided by Justin Todd Herod from Palestine, Texas.

Free Health Screening

The Lions Clubs of Dickinson County are Lions
sponsoring free health screenings at the Central Kansas Free Fair Thursday, August 4 – Saturday, August 6, 4-8pm. The trailer will be next to Sterl Hall, and everyone 6 months of age or older is welcome to participate!

Youth Pedal Power Pull

The Youth Pedal Power Pull is Monday, August 8, 6:30 pm at the Large Livestock Arena! Registration begins at 5:30 pm. There will be 9 classes, ages 4-12. The top two per class qualify for the Kansas State Fair!

Medallion Hunts


The 2016 Adult Medallion Hunt is city wide on public property. Clues will be posted beginning Wednesday, August 3. The clues will be posted first on the Facebook page of Jonee Crump, Farm Bureau Financial Services ( , as well as on Crump’s office door at 308 N Broadway. It will then be posted on the CKFF Facebook page ( and at the Fairgrounds Info Booth at 1 pm. The person who finds the medallion should bring it to the Info Booth on the east side of Sterl Hall.


The 2016 Kids Medallion Hunt will be on the fairgrounds only, open from the Eisenhower Park to the Carnival, and excluding the stadium, show arenas, and barns. There will be one medallion to be found each day, Thursday through Saturday, at a different location each day. Clues will be posted Thursday through Saturday at 2 pm to the Facebook pages specified above, as well as on Jonee Crump’s door at Farm Bureau Financial Services and on the Fairgrounds Information Booth. The child who finds the medallion and brings it to the Info Booth will receive a gift card!

4-H Ag-Olympics

This event is open to everyone, not just 4-Hers. Teams will consist of 5 individuals of any age. No more than 3 team members may be of the same gender (ex. 3 male and 2 female or 3 female and 2 male). Entry forms can be picked up at the CKFF Information Booth (east side of Sterl Hall). Entries are due by noon on Saturday.
The competition will follow Dairy Goats, at the Large Livestock Arena.
Events will run in a head-to-head relay competition. Each teammate is required to do one, and only one, of the five events. Events will be completed in the order stated below. Once an event is complete, the next may not begin until the individual’s hand is tagged by his or her teammate upon finishing the prior event.
1. Wheelbarrow Race
An individual will push his or her teammate, who is participating in event 2, in a wheelbarrow for a designated distance. Once completed, the individual is to set the wheelbarrow down and tag his or her teammate’s hand. The teammate may NOT exit the wheelbarrow until his or her hand is tagged.
2. Horseshoe Toss
After exiting the wheelbarrow, the individual will throw horseshoes from a designated distance and must do one of the following before advancing to tag his or her teammate: a. Land two horseshoes touching the stake. b. Land one ringer.
3. Bucket Carry
After being tagged, the next individual will carry two buckets for a designated distance. The weight of the buckets will be determined by age and gender.
4. Roping
After being tagged, the next individual must rope a target at a designated distance before advancing.
5. Tire Flip
After being tagged, the next individual will flip a tire three times. The size of the tire will be determined by age and gender.
6. After Event 5 is complete, all teammates must climb or jump over a round hay bale and cross the finish line. The teammate who participated in event 5 must be the first teammate to touch the bale. The first team to cross the finish line wins.
Neither the Leadership SQUAD nor any person affiliated with 4-H or CKFF will be responsible for injury or accident.