WAYNE – Some county fairs are using the business as usual approach. Some fairs are canceled and some are doing 4-H livestock shows only. The Dakota – Thurston County Fair will be utilizing the business as usual approach when it comes to events available. There are some events that have been canceled for the fair due to the difficulty involved with sanitizing some equipment. The Dakota – Thurston County Fair is from July 29 – August 2 in South Sioux City at Atokad Park. Entry is free into the fairgrounds the whole weekend.
Lisa Bosquet is the Fair Manager for the Dakota – Thurston County Fair. She talked about how they came to decision of holding a 2020 fair.
“We actually have been working with both county’s local health departments, both Dakota County and Thurston County health departments,” she stated. “We’ve been working very closely with them to make sure that we are providing, not only a fun and family-oriented event as we always do, but also a safe event.”
As usual with events happening these days, there are many restrictions that officials would like fair-goers to follow. Bosquet ran through what is to be expected from visitors at Atokad Park this weekend.
“Well basically it’s just going to be using common sense. You know, practicing the social distancing, keeping yourself six feet away from others, and just good hand-washing, good sanitation,” Bosquet reasoned. “We’ll have several hand-washing stations setup through the fairgrounds and through the buildings, as well as the hand-sanitizer pumps available to everyone.”
All but three events are free and open to the public. Those events are the Tri-State Shoot-out Tractor Pull, the Dueling Pianos Show, and Extreme Bull Riding. KTCH/Big Red Country will be giving away activity passes for those events. Bosquet explained how the passes work.
“The tickets that you’re giving away are actually good for all three events. One of those activity passes will get you into the Tractor Pull Thursday, the Dueling Pianos Friday, and the Extreme Bull Riding on Saturday,” she said.
The Tri-State Shootout Tractor Pull begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday with the beer stand opening at 5 p.m. Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota are the three states in the pull. The Knights of Columbus will be making Rocky Mountain Oysters starting at 7 p.m. Dueling Pianos is played by a Nebraska company called “176 Keys.” That event will be from 7 – 10 p.m. on Friday at the expo center including the beer stand. Extreme Bull Riding starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, with the beer stand opening at 5 p.m.
Other events throughout the weekend include the livestock shows that begin on Monday, July 27. The Little Prince/Princess coronation is set for Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. The free ranch rodeo will be at 7 p.m. on Friday. The gaming truck will be open from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Friday and from 4:30 – 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Saturday at noon, the mud volleyball tournament will happen. Call Amy at 712-299-6775 to sign up for the tournament. The Jackpot Cattle Show will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m., with weigh-in beginning at 11 a.m. Barrel Racing starts at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Also, at 1:00, will be the ATV rodeo. Participants should bring their own ATV to participate.