CONCORD – Northeast Nebraskans are gearing up for a weekend full of activities for the family as social distancing practices will be followed during this year’s Dixon County Fair.
From the Dixon County Fairgrounds in Concord, fair events will last from Wednesday, July 29 – Sunday, August 2. To get to the fairgrounds, drive in on Iowa Street until you come to a stop; take a right and the fairgrounds will be on your left (on the east side of Maple Street).
Cost for a season pass is $30 while single day admission from Thursday – Sunday is $15 per day for adults as children under 12 years of age are free. The event is funded in part by a grant from the Dixon County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mike Rewinkel is the Dixon County Fair Board President. Rewinkel joined Dan on the “View from Wayne America” earlier this week. The decision was made about a month ago to have the fair and finalize all their events but Rewinkel said some events won’t be around.
“Unfortunately, we will not be able to have a carnival this year,” said Rewinkel. “Definitely hope they’ll be back next year but because of the current situation we will be short a couple of events this year. So, we’re hoping that we can get by without them. But we still will have plenty of the main events that we always have had.”
Wednesday’s check-in day is made for the 4-H youth and Clover Kids as rabbits, poultry, livestock and open class exhibits will be judged.
Moving into Thursday, the free BBQ will take place between 5- 7 p.m. Team Sorting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Kiddie Tractor Pulls for ages 4-9 at 7:15 p.m. and other 4-H shows throughout the day.
Friday’s main event is McKay Bullriding at 7 p.m.
The Northeast Nebraska Pullers Association will then take center track at 11 a.m. on Saturday during the Farm Tractor Pull followed by the Outlaw Tractor and Truck Pull at 7 p.m. that evening.
Sunday will close out with the demolition derby at 6 p.m. There are five classes of cars scheduled to put on the demo.
Dixon County Fair officials will also be cleaning throughout the fair.
“Due to the current situation we will be adding some handwashing stations and sanitizing stations as well as we will be doing some disinfectant in-between some of the shows,” Rewinkel added. “We just ask that if anybody is not feeling well, to please not come and we’ll understand.”
Throughout the duration of the Dixon County Fair, the exhibit hall and quilt room will be open from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. along with the beer stand open each afternoon through the evenings with no coolers allowed on the fairgrounds. Love-A-Lop petting zoo will also be in attendance all four days as well as an antique machinery display.
No pre-sale tickets will be offered for the Dixon County Fair rather, fair-goers will get them at the gates.
“We have an east gate and we have a west gate,” Rewinkel mentioned. “One of them which is by the park and the other one is on the southeast corner of the fairgrounds that most of the livestock trailers and the trucks will come in; it’s a wider gate. So, there are two gates for admission.”
Visit dixoncountyfair.com for more information or complete details and hear the complete Dixon County Fair Interview by clicking on the ‘Podcasts’ tab under the ‘Community’ drop-down of waynedailynews.com.