Foothills Country Fair set to start Friday at 4 p.m.
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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Officials with the 11th annual Foothills Country Fair have released a schedule of events for the popular celebration which begins Friday.

According to Louie and Nancy Alford, the main attraction is the Kansas City Barbecue Society Backyard BBQ Bash, but music, photo ops and other events are slated.

Admission to the fair is $5 per day for ages 6 and up, and children under 5 get in free.

Games, blow-up toys, stick-horse races, big-wheel races, a petting zoo and other activities will keep children and their parents busy.

There will be plenty of vendors on hand preparing specialty foods.

Friday evening’s list of events include:

- Set-up for the Backyard BBQ Bash;

- Convertibull Party Band at 7 p.m.;

- Dagger Blue Band at 8:15 p.m.; and

- The Collins Brothers Band at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, gates for the fair open at 10 a.m.

The Check-Into-Cash Cashdales will be appearing at the fair beginning at noon. The horses are gentle Clydesdales and have “big personalities.”

Prior to joining the Check-Into-Cash family, the horses appeared in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and escorted Prince William and Duchess Kate. They made their first appearance in Cleveland in 2011 at the MainStreet Christmas Parade.

According to Nancy Alford, their appearance provides a “great” opportunity for children to visit and have a photo opportunity with the famous Clydesdales.

Also, the KCBS will be smoking pork to donate to local kitchens and canned food donations for The Caring Place will be accepted at the fair.

“With almost 20,000 members and more than 425 sanctioned barbecue events in its network, KCBS is the largest organization of barbecue enthusiasts in the world,” according to KCBS representatives. “By using its volunteers, judges, cook teams and event organizers, the nonprofit society will be providing fully cooked, world-class pork butts and other nonperishable food items to food banks and other charitable entities coast to coast, border to border.”

Gates for the Foothills Country Fair open at Tri-State Exhibition Center at 4 p.m. Friday.