Friends Make Fair a Tradition
Friends Make Fair a Tradition - August 13, 2012
Sherri Chittum enjoys the Music Festival at the Inter-State Fair with her nephew.
Music Fest is second night of entertainment in Coffeyville
You’ll always know where to find Sherri Chittum and Sherry Spears when it’s fair and rodeo time in Coffeyville.
The Coffeyville residents, who have been friends for 25 years, will be at Walter Johnson Park, at the Inter-State Fair and Rodeo.
For Chittum, she rarely misses a night of the grandstand entertainment. “It’s tradition,” she said. “We buy a fun pass and come every night.”
On Saturday night, they were in attendance at the Music Festival, each with at least one nephew in tow.
Chittum brought her nephews, ages 14 and 4, from Blanchard, Okla., and Jenks, Okla. The kids are usually in town for the fair and attend nearly every night. Spears’ nephew, age 5, was with her.
Spears, a country music fan, was looking forward to Joe Nichols’ music. Chittum said Nichols was the only name she was familiar with in the three-act concert including the Turnpike Troubadours and Jason Boland and the Stragglers. “Honestly, we come whether we’ve heard them or not,” she said.
But after hearing the musicians, she often recognizes their music later. “We’ve found in the past that a lot of times the ones we didn’t know, all of a sudden we begin hearing them on the radio.”
And the women enjoy the fair food, too. Both bought fried pickles and shared them with the boys. “They’re so good,” Chittum said.
The Inter-State Fair and Rodeo continues on Sunday, August 12 with lawn mower races at 7:30 pm. The entire schedule can be found here. Tickets are available online, through the Coffeyville Chamber (620.251.2550) and at the gate. Fun Passes are still available for $45 and admit the bearer to each night of grandstand entertainment.