Monday, July 30, 2012

Cotton candy, county fairs, and the last gasp of summer

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Its never too hot out for a chicken-on-a-stick...
  • It's never too hot out for a chicken-on-a-stick...

Tomorrow is National Cotton Candy Day. The sticky, spun-sugar confection is closely associated with carnivals, the circus, festivals and outdoor fairs, like next week's Johnson County Fair. It runs August 7 through 11 at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Gardner, Kansas. I can hardly wait to go wild in that fabulous culinary collection of corn dogs, greasy tacos and deep-fried everything.

Because one county fair is never enough, I want to be sure to remember all of the upcoming outdoor festivities, like the Douglas County Fair in nearby Lawrence (directions to the Fairgrounds are here) that continues today — the judging of the 4-H Foods and Food Preservation is from 2 to 7 p.m. — through Saturday, August 4, at 10 p.m. The carnival portion of the fair opens on Wednesday.

Odessa, Missouri — about 40 minutes away from downtown Kansas City — hosts its annual "Puddle Jumper Days" this week. The Miss Odessa Pageant is tomorrow night, July 31, at 7 p.m. The ice-cream social and gospel-music concert are Friday night.

The Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Missouri, begins Thursday, August 9. On the other side of the State Line, the Kansas State Fair will be held September 7-16 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Nearby Atchison, Kansas (about 48 miles north of Kansas City), will host its "Taste of Atchison" on "the beautiful downtown pedestrian plaza" on Friday, September 21, from 5 to 8 p.m.

St. Joseph, Missouri's Pony Express Museum hosts its annual Pumpkinfest from Friday, October 12, through Sunday, October 14.

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