WAYNE – It’s been a year that was missed by all as dual track-tractor pulls returned the Wayne County Fair.
Following a free BBQ, Friday night’s tractor pull, put on by the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League and Nebraska Bush Pullers, stole the show during the 99th annual Wayne County Fair.
Trevor Hartman continues to coordinate the tractor pull as the fair board member said those who attended enjoyed the tractor pull which were showcased on two big screens.
“Everybody will have two tracks, two sleds and lots of power,” said Hartman. “We’ve got a five-engine tractor here that’s going to pull an exhibition (event) because he’s trying to break his tractor in. So, it’s going to be loud. He’s going to pull first and then he’s going to pull last at the end of the night.”
From diesel smoke, plenty of noise which included a high-whistle pitch sound were showcased.
A lot of prep work had to be done to prepare the track for Friday night starting with clearing everything out following Thursday evening’s bullriding event.
“Then you open the track up and get everything going, get everything laid out and then we start brining water in,” Hartman added. “Water the track down, then we disc it in, water it again, then we blade it across and water it again.”
County Commissioner District #1, Terry Sievers put in a lot of time blading the track as Hartman thanks all the volunteers and his fellow board members in helping out.
Hartman mentioned by time the tractors were pulling the sled down the track there was about 86,000 pounds going as far as they could.
“They go down here and hook onto these sleds that are down here behind us,” Hartman mentioned. “They come down and the tractors or the pick-ups that will be here hook on and see who can pull the furthest. Then they put a bunch a weight on there, a bunch of weight.”
4-H/FFA shows also continued throughout the afternoon along with the River City Carnival Midway that will be open on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
Saturday will be jam-packed opening with the 4-H/FFA & Open Class Rabbit Show in the Kaden Schmale Swine Arena at 8 a.m. The Open Class Beef Cattle Show will start at 9 a.m. in the Leland Herman Memorial Arena. The 4-H & Open Class Poultry Show (Swine Arena) will begin at 10:30 a.m.; the Open Class Feeder Calf Show (LHMA) will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the same time entries close for Open Class Goat Show while the Open Class Meat Goat Show will be held at noon (LHMA).
Fair gates will be open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., the Wayne County Expo Center will be open from 1 – 8 p.m. with the Agriculture Hall open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.
The Stan Nelsen Memorial Partner Pitch Tournament will start at 10 a.m. inside the beer garden with bingo in the bingo tent also at 10 a.m.; the Kevin Horner-Vaudeville Entertainment will be held at noon and 7 p.m. from the Little Theater on the fairgrounds; Horseshoe Pitching at the Leland Herman Memorial Arena at 1 p.m. and Cornhole Tournament at 1:30 p.m. from the beer garden.
The 4-H Fashion Show will begin at 5 p.m. inside the grandstand with Carroll Post 165 providing the Presentation of Colors and National Anthem by Kati Topp. Presentation of awards for ‘Fair Person of the Year’ and Kilroy Award will follow the anthem.
Dylan Bloom will take to the stage in the grandstand at 7 p.m. and then again in the beer garden at 10:30 p.m. Larry Fleet will then open at 8 p.m. for the headliner of Josh Turner at 9:30 p.m.
The Wayne County Fairgrounds can be found at 301 Pheasant Run on the west edge of town. Events will be held at the fairgrounds between Thursday, July 22 – Sunday, July 25.
Daily admission is $20 for adults with children 12 & under being free. Also, all-day ride wristbands are $25 at the fair with individual ride tickets also available.