Wyandotte County Fair, July 11-15
For a traditional county fair experience, visit the Wyandotte County Fair in Kansas City, Kansas, which includes 4-H showcases, contests, carnival rides and more. There will be live music every night. Admission is $5 per car. Learn more.
Platte County Fair, July 19-22
Dating back to 1863, the Platte County Fair in Platte City is believed to be the oldest continuously operating fair west of the Mississippi. For those seeking extreme fun, the Platte County Fair delivers quite a punch, with a demolition derby, a truck and tractor pull and a Mud-A-Thon. Admission is $10 daily except for Saturday which is $15. Learn more.
Miami County Fair, July 22-29
The Miami County Fair in Paola, Kansas, has something for BBQ connoisseurs, ATV racers, parade watchers and rodeo aficionados. Learn more.
Leavenworth County Fair, July 25-29
Billed as "a classic American experience," the Leavenworth County Fair in Tonganoxie, Kansas, feaures food, music, games and more fun. Admission is free (parking is $4). The fair is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Learn more.
Johnson County Fair, July 31-Aug. 5
The Johnson County Fair in Gardner, Kansas, highlights farming and agriculture. For heart-pounding fun, don't miss the demolition derby. Learn more.
Missouri State Fair, Aug. 10-20
The Missouri State Fair in Sedalia provides a showcase for agricultural producers from across Missouri, as well as family fun like carnival rides, concerts and tractor pulls. Scheduled entertainment includes Sawyer Brown, Halestorm and Alan Jackson. Learn more.
SantaCaliGon Days Festival, Sept. 1-4
Party like it’s 1849 at the SantaCaliGon Days Festival, which commemorates westward expansion. This free three-day festival in Independence features a bit of frontier fun, as well as carnival rides, games and live entertainment on three stages. Learn more.
Kansas State Fair, Sept. 8-17
The Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, Kansas, earns an A+ for incorporating educational opportunities. Through the Kansas’ Largest Classroom initiative, the fair provides lesson plans and educational competitions that make the fair a fun field trip destination for preschool through college-age students. This year’s fair also features carnival rides, an antique tractor pull and performances by top-name entertainment, including Toby Mac and Charlie Daniels Band. Learn more.
Editorial Assistant Tyne Benesek contributed to this article.