The Cass County Fair in Pleasant Hill is marking its 20th year this week, meaning old-fashioned fun still has yet to go out of style.
By BETHANY BASHIOUM
Special to The Star
Pleasant Hill Community Development Director Randy Miller has been instrumental in the fair’s success since the first year in 1994.
“I think our vision was to have an old-fashioned county fair with all the components that you would have of a fair of that type,” Miller said. “From a carnival to the home economics show, we really wanted a lot of citizen participation and it’s been that way ever since.”
Miller said the fair’s success has been enhanced by local people bringing their unique vehicles to the car show and gardeners bringing their biggest cucumber to show, among other things.
Organizers have also kept children in mind, hosting livestock shows for the kids and making sure there were plenty of carnival activities.
The fair, which runs through Sunday, will once again take place on the Cass County Fairgrounds on Missouri 58 and in the downtown Pleasant Hill area. About 12,000 to 15,000 people attend annually.
Activities began Tuesday, and the first night’s schedule included a new event: a voice/instrument talent competition called Cass County Voice.
Organizers also are bringing in a new carnival organizer, Sonshine Amusements.
“We’re anticipating that they will have some nice rides,” Miller said.
The city is giving away $5 off coupons for wristband purchases. The coupons can be picked up at Peculiar City Hall, Family Center in Harrisonville, Pleasant Hill City Hall, Midwest Lumber True Value in Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hill Bank, Pleasant Hill Pet & Livestock or Community Bank of Pleasant Hill.
Traditional events, including motocross and ATV races, demolition derby, MRCA/URA adult rodeo, tractor pull, livestock show, fireworks display, 5K run, and a host of competitions, are a part of the fair schedule again this year.
The fair will also feature a variety of musical acts with entertainment beginning at 8 p.m. Thursday with “Country Road 5” performing at the Miller Lite Entertainment Pavilion.
A gospel music show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, featuring Higher Grasspirations, along with Mark Guffey and the Reunion Gospel Band at the downtown gazebo.
The “Jeremy Nichols Band” will perform later in the evening at 10 p.m. at the entertainment pavilion.
Saturday performances will include a daylong Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival in the gazebo from 10:45 a.m. to 7:35 p.m., and live music from the “Justin Heskett Band,” at the entertainment pavilion later in the evening.
A full schedule is available at www.pleasanthill.com under the County Fair link.