Butch and Pat of Kickshikers Band
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
The Seward County Five State Fair officially kicks off two weeks from today, and the fair’s opening weekend will provide entertainment for everyone who comes to the fairgrounds.
The first night of the fair kicks off with a bull bash and barn dance.
The first annual Emerald City Bull Bash features top bucking bulls from Shivershot Bucking Bulls and Dodge Tough Enough Bucking Bulls and many professional bull riders.
There will be $5,000 added prize money. This event has gained notoriety of a well-known magazine. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the event starts at 8 p.m. at the rodeo arena at the fairgrounds, and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. No pre-sale tickets will be sold.
Fair goers can also partake in what is being billed as the “Biggest Barn Dance” in Western Kansas. Butch and Pat Rich of The Kickshikers Band will be entertaining in the Activity Center from 8 p.m. to midnight on July 25.
The Five State Fair Board is promising “Dorothy’s Tornado Barn Dance” will be a night full of good music and fun with the barn dance.
A $5 fee gets dancers in the door, and there will be beer, pop and water sold. Those wishing to drink beer need to bring an ID, as they will be checked.
Saturday night, July 26, features more rodeo related events at the arena, including the Rank Lil Buckers miniature bull riding.
Junior and senior bulls, or miniature bucking bulls no taller than 48 inches, will take center stage in the event.
Contestants need to be entered prior to the event, which starts at 8 p.m. in the rodeo arena. Any local youth can participate as long as they are present at entry time and have the appropriate safety gear. Parents must sign a waiver.
Those interested in participating need to call Jeff Louderback at 620-621-4616, or e-mail
Prior to the Rank Lil’ Buckers miniature bull riding, there will be mutton bustin’ for children. Proper safety equipment will be provided and children can sign up prior to the event that evening at the rodeo arena.
Gates will open at 7 p.m., and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. No pre-sale tickets will be sold, but tickets will allow fair goers to see both the mutton bustin’ and the miniature bull riding event.