WAYNE – Opening ceremonies officially kicked off the 100th annual Wayne County Fair Thursday evening.
Located at 301 Pheasant Run, the Wayne County Fairgrounds are located on the west side of the City of Wayne.
Doug Temme, Wayne County Ag Society President and fellow fair board members were introduced before the Wayne County Fair main events of mutton busting and L4 Livestock Ultimate Bull Riding Tour with bull riding and bull fighting took over Thursday night.
In year’s past the tractor pull used to be on Thursday night as the Wayne County Fair Board found the L4 Livestock Ultimate Bull Riding Tour at the Fair Convention, according to Kevin Davis.
“We were talking the other day and I think it’s been getting close to 10 years that these guys have been coming,” said Davis. “It’s always been a good show and for a Thursday night you fill the grandstand and that’s kind of pretty nice because you look around and you see blankets already on the bleachers.”
The bull riders and bull fighters put on another great show Thursday night and didn’t disappoint fairgoers.
“These are young guys…it’s kind of a bull-team deal,” Davis added. “Then we got the bull fighters. So, you know when you got all that stuff going on we’ve changed it up a little bit, just trying to make it better and a little more exciting.”
Tegan Nissen was also the first beer garden live entertainment Thursday night.
Friday’s highlighted event will be the free BBQ from 6 – 7:30 p.m. before moving into the Outlaws & Nebraska Bush Pullers tractor pull starting at 6:30 p.m. with two tracks and two sleds. The goal is to have over 100 hooks for another good show. Carroll Post 165 will present the colors at 5:50 p.m. with Jaden Fuchs performing the National Anthem. Jetley Park will be Friday night’s live entertainment in the beer garden.
A trio of performers on Saturday will open with Dylan Bloom at 7 p.m., Randy Houser at 8 p.m. and Gary Allan at 9:30 p.m. in the grandstand while the demolition derby will conclude the fair on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Davis also mentioned the interest in camping during the fair is up.
“We got over 100 some campers in,” Davis mentioned. “To me that’s huge, them people like to come. And you know you got high price gas now, so they’re coming to the fair and camping here.”
Adult daily admission is $20 (children 12 & under are free) and on Saturday for the concert, for those who arrive after 5 p.m., cost is $25 to enter.
Also, all day ride wrist bands are $25 at the fair.
Make sure the visit the Wayne County Fair to checkout all of the 4-H youth and FFA shows as well going on throughout the weekend.
On Friday, July 22: 4-H/FFA Feeder Calf and Baby Breeding Heifers check-in from 8 – 8:30 a.m.; the 4-H/FFA Swine Show (Kaden Schmale Swine Arena) at 8 a.m.; at 9:30 a.m. the 4-H/FFA Beef Show will open with Renee’s Herd Builder, Breeding Beef, Feeder Calf, Showmanship, Market Beef & Cow/Calf Shows to follow; AG Hall open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Chamber Coffee in the beer garden at 10 a.m.; Wayne County Expo Center is open from 1 – 8 p.m.; RORRing Enertainment – Mini Stock Car Racing in the Little Theatre; Wildlife Encounter Shows at 3/5/7 p.m. and more.
Visit thewaynecountyfair.com for complete details on the 100th celebration of the Wayne County Fair.