Friday’s 100th Wayne County Fair Main Event: Dual Track Tractor Pulls; Saturday Concert

WAYNE – Friday night was meant for the smoke and noise of nearly 100 hooks on the dual track tractor pull which kept Wayne County Fair fans on the edge of their seat all night long.

Back at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, the 100th celebration continued to bring in the crowd while utilizing the overflow parking as the Wayne County Ag Society purchased land to the west of the fairgrounds.

Along with the 59th annual free BBQ,┬áTrever Hartmann with the Wayne County Fair Board and his crew were busy all day in transitioning the dual track from the bull riding/fighting event Thursday night to Friday night’s tractor pull in the grandstand.

“We had one with five motors, two with jet engines on it and everything right there,” said Hartmann. “There’s a lot of motors, big diesel smoke; lots of smoke.”

The Outlaws provided seven classes and another four classes from the Nebraska Bush Pullers which totaled between 85-100 hooks.

Volunteers are a big key in putting the tractor pull together.

“A lot of volunteers I’ve got to thank, all my volunteers for helping, I’ve got good track help,” Hartmann added. “Boy we just get a lot of good track help. It takes a lot of guys to do this. Like I said there’s 20 guys running around here.”

Moving into Saturday, the 4-H Public Fashion Show will start at 5 p.m. in the grandstand followed by the presentation of awards for Fair Person of the Year and Kilroy Award. The presentation of colors by Winside Sons of American Legion will be at 6:45 p.m. and the national anthem performed by Kati Topp.

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 with Mason Michaels highlighting the beer garden live entertainment at 10:30 p.m.

The demolition derby will conclude the fair on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Hartmann mentioned more about parking at the fair.

“We bought some land and put new parking in west of there,” Hartmann mentioned. “Hopefully that all works outs. Just kind of a learning curve just how to get it down. We got shuttles running to shuttle people up from there and shuttle them back. So, bare with us but we’ll get ‘er done you know.”

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 Saturday, July 23: the 4-H/FFA & Open Class Rabbit Show (Kaden Schmale Swine Arena) will start at 8 a.m.; gates open at 9 a.m.; Carvings by Keenan, Chainsaw Artists throughout the day (Eat of Ag Hall); Kids Corn Palace (Kid Zone) all day; Cornhole Tournament Registration at 10 a.m. (Novice/Competitive Divisions for all); Bingo Tent at 10 a.m. (Kid Zone); Ag Hall is open from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; 4-H/FFA & Open Class Poultry Show (Kaden Schmale Swine Arena) at 10:30 a.m.; Wildlife Encounter shows at 11 a.m./2 p.m./4:30 p.m. (Kid Zone); Open Class Meat Goat show (Leland Herman Memorial Arena) at noon; Wayne County Expo Center is open from 1 – 8 p.m.; Horseshow Pitching (Leland Herman Memorial Arena) at 1 p.m.; River City Carnival on the midway opens at 1 p.m.; RORRing Entertainment – Mini Stock Car Racing (Little Theatre) from 1:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Paul Zanderholm Caricature Artist (near fair office) from 4 – 7 p.m. and Midwest Magic Face Painting (near the Midway) from 4 – 9 p.m.

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