2017 Highlights
Food Vendors & Exhibits
The Ellis County Fair will have various food vendors and commercial exhibits.

Pride of Texas Carnival
Enjoy the Carnival July 19-23.

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Big Shoes Entertainment – Face Painting & Clown
Featuring Bumpy Knuckles, a professionally trained clown.

Petting Zoo
People of all ages will enjoy Hedrick’s Petting Zoo. Come out and see the exotic animals.

Gotcha Games Laser Tag
Join in an exciting and fast-paced game of laser tag. njoy various 4-H activity and events.

2017 Vendor Resources
Are you interested in setting up a commercial booth, outdoor display, or becoming an food vendor?  Please download our vendor contract...

Commercial Vendor Form (PDF)
Outdoor Vendor Form  (PDF)
Food Vendor Form (PDF)

Mutton Busting and KPRA Rodeo


Rodeo & Mutton Busting
July 18-19, 2017

We are excited to present the 2017 Ellis County Fair Rodeo. This year’s rodeo will highlight “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” on July 18 and “Patriotic Night” on July 19. So break out your Pink shirts for Tuesday night and your Red, White & Blue shirts for Wednesday night, dust off your boots, grab your hat and come join us! Each night, enjoy the antics of Doug Munsell, PRCA Rodeo Clown and Barrelman - should be great fun!


This year’s stock contractor will again be our friend, the tried and true J-J Rodeo Company from Lakin, KS. The Ellis County Fair Rodeo will offer added prize money of $3,000.


Mutton Busting


For buckaroos that are still less than 60 pounds, we have mutton bustin. Sheep and personnel will be provided by McClain’s Mutton BustingThis will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday nights right before the rodeo.  Sign up early, at 6 p.m., in the SW corner of the rodeo grand stands (first-come basis). For additional information, please contact Justin Scheck elliscountyfair@gmail.com.



Rodeo Photography


This year the Ellis County Fair Rodeo is proud to include rodeo photography by Lone S Photography from Dodge City. 


Lone S Photography




2017 Ellis County Fair Rodeo Queen


1. The Miss Ellis County Rodeo Pageant will begin on Saturday, July 8, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. at the Ellis County Fairgrounds, Hays. Check in from 7:00 to 7:30 a.m. The Rodeo is July 18 and 19, 2017.


2. The Queen contest will be for girls ages 15 through 21. The Princess contest will be for girls ages 10 through 14 and the Little Miss contest is for girls 6 through 9 years old. (Age as of Jan. 1 of the current year.)


3. The winners of the Miss Ellis County Rodeo Pageant will be announced at the first performance of the rodeo at the Ellis County Fair, Tuesday, July 18, 2017.


4. Little Miss Ambassadors:
This is a participation only event. Contestants will not be judged except in the Photogenic contest.

A. Ambassadors are required to watch the Queens run and horsemanship portion of the competition the day of the Pageant. They may participate in a Queens run if they choose.

B. Ambassadors will participate in modeling of their Western outfits as part of the Pageant activities and must provide a typed description of the outfit to be read during the modeling portion. They will have the option to participate in the impromptu question, a 2-3 minute speech, and interview as part of a group.

C. Will provide 2 Photographs: one 5”x7” for judging and one wallet size photo of the contestant’s head and shoulders in western attire. The smaller photographs will be included in the program. This should be a current Western photo. Digital images are strongly encouraged.

D. Will participate in activities the night of the Rodeo, including riding in the Wagon as part of the Grand Entry Celebration, assisting with the 50/50 Raffle and handing out programs. Ambassadors under 5 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

E. A prize package will be awarded to each Little Miss Ambassador

F. Entry Forms will need to be completed and mailed by the June 23 deadline to the rodeo Royalty committee. No late entries will be accepted after June 30. Promptness is encouraged.

2016 Ellis County Rodeo Queen Jaylinn Pfeifer

5. Competition categories for Queen and Princess include:

A. Horsemanship: In the Queen competition, all contestants will complete a reining pattern, a Queen’s run, and a Flag run. If the judges require additional information a second reining pattern may be requested to be run. In the Princess competition, only one reining pattern will be executed. Princesses will complete a Queen’s run and the flag run will be optional but recommended as additional points will be awarded for participation in a flag run. All contestants will draw for running order and Contestants will be given the patterns to run the day of the event. All contestants will answer questions on general knowledge of horses during this portion of the contest. Reining patterns can be found in the Kansas 4-H horse show rule book. http://www.bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/S133.pdf pages 23-25.

B. Modeling: Each contestant will model her Western Dress outfit. A short bio and a description of her outfit will be read as they model. Contestant’s bio/outfit description will need to be typed.

C. Talent or Speech: Queen Candidates will perform a speech over a topic related to rodeo. The speech should be at least 3 minutes in length and not to exceed 4 minutes. Princess contestants will have the option to perform either a talent or a speech. The talent or speech should be at least 3 minutes in length and should not exceed 4 minutes. The talent or speech must be related to rodeo and time guidelines will be scored. An impromptu question will follow the speech for all candidates.

D. Personal Interview: Each contestant will have a personal interview with judges. The Queens interview will not exceed 15 minutes and the Princesses will not exceed 10 minutes. The interview will cover general knowledge about rodeo, horsemanship etc.

E. Written test on Rodeo and horse related information.

F. Photogenic: Contestant’s 5”x7” photograph will be scored. It should be a current photograph of the contestant in western attire.


6. What Queen and Princess contestants will need for this pageant:

A. Sponsorship funds of $50 by priority deadline to the pageant Committee along with your entry forms. This will include lunch for the contestant and one guest. No entries accepted after final deadline.

B. Two Western Outfits: one horsemanship/rail outfit (Jean style pants, collared long sleeve western shirt, belt, Western boots and hat or helmet) and one Western dress outfit for modeling, speech and interview.

C. Horse and Western Tack. This will include a western saddle, breast collar and back cinch.

D. Photographs: one 5”x7” for judging and one wallet size photo of the contestant’s head and shoulders in Western attire (digital images are preferred) and short biography using the attached bio form and this must be typed. The smaller photographs will be included in the program. This must be a current photo.

Ellis County Princess Cadence Dickey

7. Responsibilities of Queen and Princess:

A. The 2017 Rodeo Queen and Princess will be crowned on Tuesday, July 18, at 6:45 p.m. They will be present at the Wednesday evening performance (July 19) of the rodeo at the Ellis County Fair. All contestants are expected to assist with the 50/50 raffle on July 18 during the Rodeo.

B. They will work with pageant committee members to secure sponsors for the following year’s pageant and help plan and run the pageant.

C. They will be present at the following year’s pageant competition and rodeo to crown their successors.

D. They should help present awards and assist with events at the Ellis County Fair when asked.

E. The queen and princess are expected to appear at a minimum of 2 Rodeos within the State of Kansas and 2 additional events in Ellis County.

F. Collect and bring a scrapbook detailing their year as Queen/Princess to the 2017 competition.


8. Contestants Entry forms must be post marked no later than June 23, 2016. Forms received after June 15 but prior to June 23, but prior to June 30, will pay an additional sponsorship fee of $10. Forms should be downloaded from the Ellis County Fair


9. The Judges decisions will be final. The Rodeo Committee and/or Ellis County Fair Board members have the right to dismiss contestants on grounds of improper conduct.


10. The Queen and Princess will receive a tiara, buckle and sash to wear at all appearances. All contestants will receive complimentary prizes. Little Miss Ambassadors will also receive a prize package.

11. Revisions may be made the day of the contest based on the number of participants at the discretion of the pageant committee.



Pageant Committee members include:

Norleen Knoll norleenknoll@yahoo.com
Cindy Gaschler cgaschlern@gmail.com
Chantelle Arnold: carnold@fhsu.edu 785-650-1898
Chelsey Dickey: cadcalcolt@yahoo.com 785-656-2911
Edna Hansen: ednainks@gbta.net 785-726-4082
Michelle Springer: imspringer2@hotmail.com 785-259-3083

Please see below for a complete schedule, rules and entry forms.


2017 Entry Forms, Rules, Schedule, and Additional Information


For more information, please read the Pageant Rules. You can also download/print a Pageant Entry Form, and Little Miss Entry Form. Pageant Bio Form for Announcer.

Visiting Royalty Information
Visiting Royalty: Please call Edna Hansen: ednainks@gbta.net 785-726-4082, by 4 p.m. on the day of the rodeo and have a prepared bio in hand as you check in with the rodeo committee. Check in is at 6:30 for visiting royalty and you will be given instructions for grand entry at that time.