WAYNE – From more agriculture activity shows to events for all ages, a music treat closed out Saturday night in the grandstand.
Dylan Bloom opened in the grandstand and closed the evening in the beer garden while Larry Fleet and headliner Josh Turner allowed fair-goers to put their dancing shoes on.
Fairboard member, Dave Jaeger talked about all three bands just came together which kicked off with an opening act of Dylan Bloom who is working on another record back in Nashville.
“We started out with Josh Turner and then we wanted to put somebody ahead of him,” said Jaeger. “We started looking around and some people were telling us about Larry Fleet.”
The stage crew was setting up since Saturday morning at 6 a.m.
Jaeger would like to thank everyone who attended the concert Saturday night as the fair board is proud of their grounds.
“We try and keep them up for Wayne County,” Jaeger added. “I got to thank all of the volunteers because we can’t do it all ourselves. I know you’ll see a lot of the red shirts running around and they’re working their tails off but I tell you what there’s a lot of volunteers. We don’t get this done without a lot of help.”
Sunday will begin with a community worship in the grandstand at 10 a.m. (service only free to attend) as gates will be open until 7 p.m. The Ag Hall will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. while the Wayne County Expo Center will also be open between noon and 4 p.m.
The ‘Sweet Tooth’ contest registration will take place inside the Wayne County Expo Center from 11:30 a.m. to noon with judging at noon.
Ag Olympics will also last from noon until 1 p.m. at the Leland Herman Memorial Arena. The River City Carnival Midway rides will open at 1 p.m. with Sunday highlighting ‘Perfect School Attendance’.
Other afternoon activities include the ‘Barnyard Pedal Pull’ as sign-ups will be at 1 p.m. and event at 2 p.m. The 4-H/FFA Round Robin Showmanship will be held at the LHMA in-between. The 4-H/FFA Livestock bonus auction will take place at 3 p.m. in the Leland Herman Memorial Arena with all exhibits being released at 3 p.m.
Kevin Horner-Vaudeville Entertainment will provide shows at noon, 2 and 5:30 p.m. in the Little Theater at the fairgrounds while Sunday Wildlife Encounter shows were canceled due to an accident that was posted on the Wayne County Fair Facebook page (no animals were injured).
The live auction for wood carvings will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the grandstand ahead of the 189th Transportation Company presenting the colors and national anthem by Dylan Anderson. The Flag Burning Ceremony will also take place Sunday evening.
The Kids Power Wheels Derby will be held at 5:45 p.m. with the Demolition Derby at 6 p.m. as all cars must be checked in by 5 p.m.
Jaeger mentioned the demolition derby is always a nice event to close out with Sunday evening.
“That demo derby it just brings a different crowd to town,” Jaeger mentioned. “I mean a lot of families follow the derby-ers and we got a good purse; it’s over $14,000 in prize money plus some hits money.”
The Wayne County Fairgrounds can be found at 301 Pheasant Run on the west edge of town.
Daily admission is $20 for adults with children 12 & under being free.