Kevin Horner, a three-time People Choice Award winner for ventriloquism, will perform at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, August 12, at the Fairfax Fair. Kevin has performed for comedy clubs, colleges, military, schools, festivals and more. His show is filled with a lot of audience participation and a splash of magic.

The Fairfax Optimist Club is making final plans for the 2017 Fairfax Fair, “Small Town, Big Heart.” The 52nd annual fair will be held Friday, August 11, through Sunday, August 13.
BOOTHS–
The Fairfax City Park will be bustling with activity Friday night and all day Saturday. A variety of refreshments and games of all kinds will be available. If you’re feeling lucky, you can purchase a chance to win a prize at one of the booths. To reserve booth space at the park during the Fairfax Fair, contact  Jim Ball at 660-920-9205.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11–
The opening ceremonies will begin at 6:20 p.m. on Friday, August 11. Participants from grades one through high school will meet at the northeast end of the park, close to the shelter house, to line up and proceed to the stage. For more information concerning the opening ceremonies, call Marilyn Alldredge, 660-686-2495 or 660-744-3146.
The Little Mr. & Miss Fairfax contest is for children 4, 5 and 6 years of age who are in the Fairfax School District. These contestants will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. sharp to be judged first.
The Baby/Youth Show will follow with anyone wishing to share their youths welcome. Pre-registration is encouraged, but last minute registrations will be accepted until 6:10 p.m. that evening at the north side of the stage. Registration sheets will be available at Rays’ Dairy Diner, KG Buds or Farmers State Bank.
Baby/Youth Show age categories are: birth to 6 months, 7 to 11 months, 1 year to 23 months, 2 years to 35 months, 3 years, 4 years, 5 years, and 6 years. Following introductions of all the youngsters, the Little Mr. & Miss Fairfax candidates will be brought back on the stage for the announcement of the winners and coronation of the 2017 Little Mr. and Miss Fairfax. The new royalty will ride in the parade Saturday morning.
Questions concerning the baby show or Little Mr. & Miss Fairfax contest may be directed to Susan Slaughter, 660-686-2509 or Marilyn Alldredge, 660-744-3146.
The Miss Fairfax and Junior Miss Fairfax contest will also be held Friday evening. Jill Kingery and Kris Umbarger have been in charge of this year’s contest.
Seven contestants will compete for the title of 2017 Miss Fairfax. They are Katy Baker, McKenzie Frohn, Jaycee Graves, Jesse Graves, Jaelynn Hill, Gena Mitchell, and Morgan O’Riley. Kendal Straub is this year’s Junior Miss Fairfax contestant. Sponsors and donors are: Atchison County Mail, Beta Sigma Phi – Xi Lambda Beta, Krys and Bob Carlock, City of Fairfax, Community Hospital – Fairfax, The Creed Family, Cunningham Farms, Davis Farms, Daybreak Cafe, Fairfax Agency Inc. (Robert and Marilyn Alldredge), Fairfax Kiwanis Club, Fairfax Optimist Club, Fairfax Volunteer Fire Department, Farm Bureau, Fast Global Solutions, 49ers Hobby Club, Julie’s Cross Cuts, KG Buds, Ryan and Jill Kingery, Ma & Pa Automotive, MDT Woodworks, Rays’ Dairy Diner, Lane and Aimee Seymour, Simmons MFA, LLC, Smith Farms, Kris and Treyvor Umbarger, Tim and Sandy Umbarger, and Ginny Vernon – Tomboy Tools.
This year a $1,000 service scholarship will be awarded to the young lady who most represents Fairfax’s proud history and symbolizes our bright future. She should set an example for other young people in the community through service, scholarship, and character. During her year of service, Miss Fairfax will complete 25 hours of community service, attend organization meetings and serve at community events. After fulfilling her duties as Miss Fairfax for one calendar year, she will be eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship check at her graduation ceremony from the Fairfax Optimist Club. The Miss Fairfax runner-up will receive a cash prize at the time of crowning.
The “Dance on the Slab” will begin at 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12–
Harry Combs is preparing for the old time tractor reunion and is wanting old machinery and tractors for the show. The old time tractor reunion will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, August 12, at the old Hospital site with participants taking part in the parade.
The Fair Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. Registration will be at the football field. Ping pong balls will be thrown out from the Optimist Club’s float at the end of the parade. Each numbered ball can be redeemed for a prize at the park stage following the parade.
Bill Slaughter is organizing Saturday night’s program. East Atchison cheerleaders will perform before the Southeast Nebraska band plays at 6:00 p.m.  Kevin Horner, a ventriloquist/magician, will perform at 7:00 p.m. followed by local  talent: Josie Watkins and group, Ann Marie Jones, Olivia Slaughter, Shawn Minter, Ryan Hopkins, and Darius Skillen.
Drawings for different contests will be held following the talent show.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13–
The Fairfax Ministerial Alliance will hold community church services in the Fairfax City Park Sunday, August 13, at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Andrew Sanders of the Fairfax United Methodist Church will be the speaker.
A community dinner, sponsored by the After Prom Committee, will be held at the Fairfax Community Room. The menu will include roast beef, potatoes and gravy, green beans, roll, salad, tea/water/lemonade & dessert. Serving will begin at 11:30 a.m. for the free will donation fundraiser.
The Larry Lewis Memorial Pull will be held Sunday, August 13, at 1:00 p.m. This Northwest Missouri Garden Tractor Pullers Association sanctioned event will take place on the west side of Hwy. 59, across from the old convenience store.