McCain Performance Series – Count Basie featuring the New York Voices

In the history of Jazz, only one bandleader has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing to sold out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, 30 years after his passing. Directed by Scotty Barhhart, CBO has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for royalty, appeared in TV shows and movies, and played at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world. The latest honors are the 2018 Downbeat Readers Poll Award as the #1 Jazz Orchestra in the world, and a Grammy Nomination for their 2018 acclaimed recording, “All About That Basie.” This great 18-member orchestra is still continuing the excellent history started by Basie of stomping and shouting the blues, as well as refining those musical particulars that allow for the deepest and most moving of swing.

The CBO will feature, The New York Voices, hailed by the Boston Herald as “…the most exciting vocal ensemble in current jazz…to collect such quality voices in one group is rare enough, yet the real trick of New York Voices is how well they mesh…”


McCain Performance Series – Gazillion Bubble Show

After twenty years as a Master of Bubbles, in 2007 Fan Yang brought his unique brand of bubble artistry to the Big Apple and has since wowed bubble lovers of all ages. The Gazillion Bubble Show truly is a family affair for Fan: his wife Ana, son Deni, daughter Melody, and brother Jano all can be found on stage in New York and around the world performing their bubble magic. Audiences are delighted with an unbubblievable experience, awashed with a bubble tide, and some even find themselves INSIDE a bubble. Mindblowing bubble magic, spectacular laser lighting effects, and momentary soapy masterpieces will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid again.

McCain Performance Series – Anastasia

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical ANASTASIA is on a journey to Manhattan at last!

From the Tony Award®-Winning creators of the Broadway classic RAGTIME, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.

ANASTASIA features a book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, a lush new score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics) with direction by Tony Award® winner Darko Tresnjak.


McCain Performance Series – Josh Turner

For nearly two decades, Turner has been one of country music’s most recognizable voices, selling more than 8.5 million units and amassing more than 2.5 billion global streams. He has never kept his reverence for traditional country music a secret, but, with this latest album, Josh Turner is definitely in a Country State of Mind.

Really, though, he always has been.

For more information on Josh Turner, visit

Live Free: Jace’s Day

For the first time, Wamego will play host to an event July 4th weekend to honor a Wamego raised who lost his battle with brain cancer and to raise awareness of the disease that ended his life.

Live Free in Wamego will be held July 2, with 15 activities planned for One Cause; ending childhood brain cancer. The event is being put on by Tough2gether Against DIPG in honor of Jace Ward, a Wamego native and K-State student who lost his battle with DIPG in 2021 at the age of 22.

DIPG is an aggressive form of brain cancer that, unfortunately, is inoperable. The life expectancy once diagnosed is 6-9 months, and the standard of care has not changed in over 60 years.

Jace held on for 25 months, all the while speaking nationally to raise awareness of the disease. His story and impact has helped raise millions of dollars to help newly diagnosed children.

The Live Free event will feature a 5K run/walk starting at the Wamego Sports Complex, as well as a co-ed Corn Hole Tournament, yard games, inflatables for the kids, food vendors, children’s carnival games, horse and carriage rides and more. There is also a planned memorial lantern launch for dark to honor those that have either lost loved ones or are battling illness or addiction. A fireworks display will follow.

Arts in the Park

Friday, June 3 Randy McAllister
Friday, June 10 Navé Monjo
Friday, June 17 Private Property
Friday, June 24 Jaron Bell’s Acoustic Showcase
Friday, July 1 FlamenKcmo
Friday, July 8 Flint Hills Band
Friday, July 15 Derek Calvin & the All Nighters
Friday, July 22 Laney Jones & the Spirits
Friday, July 29 Lost Wax Band

Riley County High School Class of 2002 Reunion

A catered 20-year reunion lunch will take place at the Riley County High School cafeteria Saturday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. RSVPs are due July 16 to

An ADULTS ONLY event will be held Friday, August 5 at the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan at 5 p.m. followed by bowling and food and drinks at 6 p.m. A block of rooms will be available at the hotel for those requiring lodging accommodations at a special rate.

2022 Riley County Fair



Thursday, July 21

8am – 10pm
10:00 am – Noon Enter and Judge Open Class Garden/Crops/Flowers/Plants
10:00 am – Noon Enter Clothing for Display
10:00 am – Noon Enter and Judge 4-H Fiber Arts
10:00 am – Noon Enter and Judge 4-H and Open Class Geology
10:00 am – 11:00 am Enter and Judge 4-H Forestry
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Enter and Judge 4-H Energy Management
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Enter and Judge 4-H Garden/Crops and Flowers
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Judge Open Class Building Creations
1:00 pm -3:00 pm Enter and Judge 4-H Entomology
6:00 pm Carnival – WEEE Entertainment
7:00 pm Judge Shepherds Lead Contest and 4-H Sheep Show
8:00 pm Kaw Valley Rodeo
10:00 pm Pottorf Hall Closes


Friday, July 22
8am – 10pm
9:00 am – Noon Enter and Judge 4-H Woodworking
9:00 am – Noon Enter and Judge Miscellaneous (Building Creations/Notebooks and Posters)
9:00 am – Noon Enter and Judge 4-H Wildlife and Shooting Sports
9:00 am – Noon Enter and Judge 4-H Home Environment
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Enter and Judge 4-H STEM Projects
1:00 pm Judge 4-H Poultry Exhibits
5:00 pm – 7:00 p.m. Enter Open Class Arts and Clothing
6:00 pm Carnival – WEEE Entertainment
7:00 pm Judge 4-H Swine Show
8:00 pm Kaw Valley Rodeo
10:00 pm Pottorf Hall Closes


Saturday, July 23
8am – 10pm
8:00 am Judge 4-H Dairy Exhibits
8:00 am Judge 4-H Rabbit Exhibits
8:00 am Judge Open Class Art and Clothing
8:00 am – 11:00 am Enter and Judge Open Class Photography
9:30 am Judge 4-H Dairy Goat Exhibits
10:00 am – 11:00 am Enter and Judge Open Foods
10:00 am – Noon Horticulture and Photo Judging Contest
11:00 am Judge 4-H Meat Goat Exhibits
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Riley County 4-H Kennel Club Exhibition
5:30 pm Judge 4-H Bucket Calf Exhibits – Hurlburt Barn
6:00 pm Judge 4-H Beef Exhibits
6:00 pm Carnival- WEEE Entertainment
8:00 pm Kaw Valley Rodeo
10:00 pm Pottorf Hall Closes


Sunday, July 24
10am – 10pm
10:00 am Pottorf Hall Opens
11:00 am Swine Round Robin Showmanship Contest
11:30 am Remainder of Species Start Round Robin Showmanship Contest
1:00 pm Baking Contest – 1 Dozen Cinnamon Rolls – Contest open to the Public – Pottorf Hall
3:30 pm 4-H Livestock Judging Contest
6:00 pm Carnival – WEEE Entertainment
6:30 pm Pedal Tractor Pull Registration
7:00 pm Pedal Tractor Pull Begins
10:00 pm Pottorf Hall Closes


Monday, July 25
8am – 7pm
8:00 am Pottorf Hall Opens
10:00 am Fair Olympics – Southside Pottorf Hall
12:30 pm Livestock Skillathon Contest – Entertainment Tent
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Release Pottorf Hall Exhibits
7:00 pm Pottorf Hall Closes to the Public
6:45 pm Food Champion Auction – Show Ring
7:00 pm 4-H Livestock Auction – Show Ring
6:00 pm Carnival – WEEE Entertainment
Remaining Livestock Exhibits release following livestock sale