When county 4-H members begin their fair membership sales campaign on June 1, they will be asking for $30, instead of $25.

When county 4-H members begin their fair membership sales campaign on June 1, they will be asking for $30, instead of $25.

The price hadn’t changed for many years, explained County Extension Agent Mark Ploger, and the fair board wanted to bring in a bigger name for the Saturday night concert. At $30, a membership is still a bargain, with a ticket book that includes two adult and two child tickets to a demolition derby on Friday and the concert on Saturday. Anyone with more children can pick up additional tickets without charge at the Extension office, 824 West First.

Country and Southern rock band Jason Boland and the Stragglers will perform in the main arena on July 23. Boland, a native of Harrah, Okla., and the band began recording in 1999 and placed an album, “Somewhere in the Middle,” on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for the first time in 2004.

In 2008, just before the release of “Comal Country Blues,” hailed as the fastest growing single from an independent label, Boland ruptured a vocal chord, nearly ending his career. After surgery and rest, the Stragglers released their second live album, “High In the Rockies” from four live concerts in four days, in early 2010.

A new album and a new website are coming soon, and the Stragglers have a busy summer.

The county fair is scheduled July 20-23, with 4-H prefair events beginning even earlier.

The fair book and schedule, along with official rules for the demolition derby, are online now at www.pratt.ksu.edu. Hard copies of the fair book should be available soon at the Extension office and at some downtown locations.

This year’s theme, correlated with the Kansas Sesquicentennial, is “There’s No Place Like the Fair.” Theme-related contests are available in open class arts and crafts, photography, flowers and textiles. A few sunflower kits remain for the textiles quilt-block entry, Ploger noted.

Keeping with tradition, last year’s blocks will be set together into a quilt and auctioned during the fair.

4-H’ers begin the sales campaign with a list and for the initial drive, are asked not to infringe upon another club’s territory. The clubs receive a portion of their sales and that is their primary fund-raiser for the year — it sure saves a lot of bake sales to fund the program, Ploger commented.