Kansas State Fair holds two benefits for Jones family and streetcar information

A few activities at the Kansas State Fair this year to support the Nickerson Jones family illustrate that the size of the Kansans’ hearts matches the size of the state.

More than $30,000 for the family was raised at the State Fair Foundation’s annual Boots and Bling auction on Friday night.

Dylan Evans, a State Fair Board member from Lebo, eastern Kansas, said Ava Jones, Nickerson’s standout basketball player who was seriously injured in July along with other family members and whose father died at a basketball tournament in Kentucky, played club ball with family members.

Besides her role on the fair’s board, her family is active with the foundation, Evans said, and they wanted to do something to support the Joneses.

So they asked that the proceeds from the auction of four tickets to a Denver Nuggets game, donated by Christian Braun, a University of Kansas player drafted by the Nuggets in this year’s draft, go to the family.

“They (the tickets) made almost $9,000,” Evans said. “And then people kept adding more. It was something very, very special. It ended up costing over $31,000.

On the west side of the state, Laura Martin, owner of Sew Loved Quilt Shop in Elkhart, also wanted to contribute.

So a Kansas-themed block quilt created by quilters who gathered at Martin’s shop will be included in the woodcarvers and quilts auction scheduled for 4 p.m., Sept. 17, at the People’s. Bank and Trust Arena, with all proceeds going to the Jones family. .

The quilt, in brown and yellow hues, features many stitched state symbols of Kansas and the quote “It’s not where you go – it’s who you meet along the way”, from The Wizard of Oz.

It is displayed among the quilts in the Home Arts Building on the east side of the room.

The highest bidder will be asked to pay for the quilt in cash or check after the auction, as the proceeds will go directly into a fund established at the People’s Bank.

The News could not reach Martin for comment.

Both fundraisers were brought up at the Saturday morning meeting of the Kansas State Fairboard.

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Battle of the Bands winners

– Two rock bands won the first Battle of the Bands competition at the fair.

Sister Sarah Tree, a four-member rock band from Wichita, placed first. The group will receive a $2,000 prize and will open for Great White and Quiet Riot in the grandstand on September 15.

Second place was The Other Guys Band, a five-member classic rock band from Kingman. It won $1,000 and will open for Eddie Montgomery on September 13.

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Birth Center Progress

The birthing center, which returned this year after being absent the past two years, is operational again after being inactive due to COVID-19.

Bryan Schulz, the fair’s general manager, reported that several births could occur soon.

“Last night we lost a set of twin lambs,” he said. “There is a Holstein (cow) that could have twins and the Jersey is ready. There are two pigs who are very unhappy. They need to have their babies fairly quickly.

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Other Kansas State Fair News

– Schulz also reported that 78 field trips are listed for this year, compared to just seven to 10 last year, due to ongoing COVID concerns.

– It was noted that the fairground trams stop at 8 p.m., but customers and some people working in the buildings have requested that they run later.

“We’re going to talk to them to try to get them to stay open until 9:30 a.m.,” Schulz said. “Those who work in buildings would like to go to parking lots. I saw them with lights on, which is one of the most important things. We’re going to make it work one way or another.

– There was also a public issue at Gate 3, off North Main St., which was blocking vehicular traffic while waiting to enter or after entering. The gate is temporary while a new fire station is being built at this corner.

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They installed temporary barriers to direct pedestrians off the roadway, Schulz said.

– Several board members said moving the Special Olympics Staging Competition from the goat barn to the Prairie Pavilion was a great success, making it a bigger stage and offering more room for spectators.

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