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Logan craft fair is Aug. 16


Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

LOGAN -- What little town hosts a great big fair? Logan: A farming community of approximately 600.

Nestled in northwest Kansas on Kansas Highway 9, The Dane G. Hansen Museum will host one of the best craft fairs around Aug 16. Hosting crafters from Kansas and surrounding states, this is a shopper's paradise. Family and friends rally together for this annual event at the Hansen Plaza Square, Main Street, Logan. 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 might include hamburgers, brauts, turkey and noodles, sloppy joes, homemade pies, homemade ice cream, bierocks, sno-cones and more. If you start the day hungry, you won't be for long.

Chainsaw artist Blair Smith from Iowa will be on the grounds with his chainsaw artistry. His performances will begin at 8 a.m. and continue through the day with him completing several projects. There will be prize drawings at 10:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. for two of his carvings.

Children can enjoy supervised games at 10 a.m. There will be a hula-hoop contest (ages 7 to 12) and a tricycle races (ages 3 to 6). Children should bring your own tricycles. There will be a water balloon toss and sand treasure hunt among the games for the kids to enjoy while the parents shop. There will be inflatable fun for kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Be sure to head to the Kid's Tent from 1 to 2 p.m. for face painting by the LHS cheerleaders and free helium balloons.

Visitors also can view an exhibit in the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum showcasing a local "Joy of Painting" artists exhibit. Students from the "Joy of Painting" workshops at the Hansen Museum during the past decade look forward to showing off their artistic talents in the Hansen Museum Gallery.

Live entertainment will be on two stages throughout the day. Left of Center Band, Concordia, will be on the south stage at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. A Little Bit of Heaven from Alma, Neb., will be on the north stage at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

In addition to the live entertainment, there will be several artisan presentations around the plaza. The Deer Creek Regulators will have fast draw shooting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Janie Lowry will be doing a quilting demo in the community room at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Also, there will be "Fleece to Fabric" by area weavers and spinners and the Shepherd's Mill.

from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other vendors include Brian Bethke, a black smith from Larned, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; painting by Staci Hartman from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and pottery by Josh Novak from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bob Jones, an antique appraiser from Jennings, will be available in the community room of Hansen Plaza for a free verbal approximation of value for antiques from 9 a.m. to noon 12 and 1 to 3 p.m.