Warrensburg – The Johnson County Fair Association’s annual Hog Roast and Dessert Auction is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Fairgrounds Community Building.

The event, which is the association’s major fundraiser of the year, includes a menu of roast hog, baked beans, hashbrown casserole, corn, roll and drink. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 may eat free.

Fair Association President Laura Smith said the event in the future will include the annual meeting and election of officers. The change is due to a bylaws amendment that will move the date from September to the third Thursday in February to coincide with the hog roast.

The new election process starts in 2016. Board members whose terms expire in 2015 will remain on the board until the 2016 election.

Smith said the association has come a long way in the last three years, with improvements to the fairgrounds including the addition of bleachers at the horse and tractor pull arenas; expansion of the tractor pull arena to accommodate two tracks; installation of permanent fencing at the tractor pull arena; and installation of electrical hookups around the parking lot at the community building,“which was a huge benefit that contributed to the “big success” of the barbecue contest, Smith said.

The KC BBQ Society will return to the Johnson County Fair this year. The association hopes to have a contract soon for a carnival for the fair.

Events to be held at the facility this year will augment proceeds from the hog roast, Smith said, and help pay for fairgrounds utilities, insurance and maintenance.

Two dog shows will be held at the fairgrounds this year – The American Stock Dog Registry Show and the Sho-Me Pit Bull Terrier Show.

An antiques and collectibles show will be held in March in conjunction with a small animal swap and reptile show. Other events include three mud runs, three Cowboy Mounted Shooting events, some National Barrel Horse Association barrel races, Golden Circle Horse Shows and the annual tractor pull and rodeo.

The association hopes to make additional improvements to the fairgrounds, Smith said, with new flooring in the community building, remodeling restrooms and installing an ice machine as short-term goals.

“Our building is getting some age on it and it needs updating and requires more maintenance,” Smith said.

She said the Dennis Alkire Memorial provided funds that will be used to do landscaping and install new signage at the fairgrounds entrance.

Longer-range goals, depending on funding, she said, include covering the arena, and either construction of permanent restrooms by the barns or portable restroom trailers.

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