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The county’s first fair this summer will be during Melvern Sunflower Days, which got underway Wednesday with the goat and sheep show. Melvern Sunflower Days 4-H Fair offers four days of 4-H activities and other events, including free entertainment, ice cream, bingo, and a carnival.

Thursday, 4-H and FFA entries are to be entered 8 a.m. to noon. Activities continue with family and consumer science projects’ judging at 1 p.m., swine show at 6 p.m., baby show at 6:30, “Laughing Matters” comedy duo at 7:30 p.m., bingo, and homemade ice cream in the park.

At 9 a.m. Friday, 4-H judging continues with hand pets, fowl and rabbits. At 5:30 p.m. the dairy cattle show begins followed by bucket calves and beef cattle. Friday’s entertainment includes a talent show at 7 p.m., and live entertainment at Legends at 9.

Fair activities run all day Saturday, beginning with children’s races at 9 a.m. Old-fashioned games begin in the city park at 12:30 p.m. All exhibits will be released at noon.

Saturday evening, the parade line-up is at 6:15 followed by the parade at 7. The parade will feature the Cruz Line Drummers, a 25-member corps from Topeka High School, Kansas Adjutant General Mounted Color Guard, and floats. This year’s parade theme is “Fairy Tales.”

Live entertainment featuring singer Jenny Bales, from Branson, Mo., will begin at 8:30 p.m.

The fair will conclude with fireworks at nightfall following the entertainment.

In case of inclement weather, some entertainment will be moved to the community center.

For information, contact Darrel Schultze at (785) 549-3240, or Jim Irey at (785) 549-3678. To register for the talent show, call George Alexander at (785) 549-3419.