Concert Entertainment & Derby Action Close Out Fair, Youth Take Over During 4-H/FFA Shows


WAYNE – The 96th annual Wayne County Fair closed out with music, demolition derby action as well at 4-H/FFA youth showing off their work.

After cleaning up the grandstand area from the overnight and Saturday rain, fairgoers showed up and enjoyed the fair.

Amy Topp is an Extension Educator for 4-H/Youth Development with UNL and Nebraska Extension in Wayne County. In the Fall of 2017, Wayne Community Schools started an FFA program in their school district and Topp talked with surrounding counties to integrate FFA into the Fair.

“What we came up with then was that we would have FFA at our Fair with our 4-H,” said Topp. “So, we have now a 4-H/FFA Show in all of our species except horse.”

Prior to the Saturday night’s entertainment, a 4-H Fashion Show was held on the stage with several awards presented.

The Fair Person of the Year went to Dave French; Kilroy Award: John and Judy Williams; Aksarben Pioneer Farm Family (100 years): William Kinney Family and Farm Bureau Award: Marvin Nelson.

Ned Ledoux and Phil Vassar put on a show for those who stood, sat or danced around.

Sunday afternoon brought in the Sweet Tooth Contest where pies of several flavors were judged in separate categories.

Topp talked more about members of the 4-H are also in FFA and could show a combination of both if they wanted.

“Our trophy’s that we gave out at the shows had both the youth organizations logo on it as well,” Topp added. “So, we’re working on that and it’s been a very positive experience.”

Per-end of the fair, the demolition derby closed out with a bang.

Topp added there is a lot of different leadership events with FFA programs.

“When I have 4-Hers who are also FFA members and they attend those kind of things,” Topp mentioned. “Some of their ideas and excitement from attending a Youth Leadership Conference, as such can come back to the 4-H program.”

With this year’s fair over, work begins for the 97th annual Wayne County Fair in 2019.