LOGAN — What little town hosts a great big fair? Logan: a farming community of 600. Nestled in northwest Kansas, on Kansas Highway 9, the Dane G. Hansen Museum sponsors one of the best craft fairs around on Aug. 16. Hosting crafters from Kansas and surrounding states, this is a shopper’s paradise. Family and friends rally together for this annual event held on the Hansen Plaza Square, Main Street. There is no admission charge to attend this event.
Crafters check in at pre-dawn in preparation for the 9 a.m. opening. Food vendors line two sides of the square. Food could include hamburgers, brats, turkey and noodles, sloppy joes, homemade pies, homemade ice cream, barbecue beef sandwiches, bierocks, sno-cones, and more.
Chain saw artist Blair Smith from Iowa, will be on the grounds with his chain saw artistry. His performances will begin at 8 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Drawings at 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. will be held for two of his carvings.
Children can enjoy supervised games beginning at 10 a.m., including a Hula Hoop contest (ages 7 to 12), tricycle races (ages 3 to 6), water balloon toss and sand treasure hunt. There will be inflatables for kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Logan High School cheerleaders also will be painting faces from 1 to 2 p.m.
Inside the museum, the exhibit, “Long May She Wave: A Graphic History of the American Flag” will be on display. It includes thousands of American flag-related objects and artifacts from the private collection of Kit Hinrichs. Also, the museum’s artist of the month will have items for sale in the museum gallery.
Live entertainment will be on two stages throughout the day, including Left of Center, Concordia, and A Little Bit of Heaven, Alma, Neb.
In addition to the live entertainment, there also will be artisan presentations throughout the day. Bob Jones, antique appraiser from Jennings, will be available in the Hansen Plaza for a free verbal approximation of value for your antiques. Registration forms to schedule a time for the appraisal are available through the Hansen Museum.
Drawings for prizes — including $500 — also are scheduled.
The highlight of the day will be the selection of 12 new winners (and two alternates) of the Artist of the Month award. This year’s crafters will be judged by two of our museum board members for their uniqueness, quality of craft and display.
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