WAYNE – Following a year off from live bull riding, the L4 Livestock Ultimate Bullriding Tour put on a show Thursday evening.
The 99th annual Wayne County Fair closed out night one with bulls and riders competing for an eight second ride with bull fighting and mutton bustin in-between.
Fair Manager, Kevin Davis said tickets sales have been good and fair-goers have been wanting to know the price for a day pass.
“We’re $20 for a day pass,” said Davis. “So, where do you get to go the whole fair for $20 and you can either go to a bull ride like we got tonight (Thursday), or you can go to a tractor pull (Friday), the concert (Saturday) or the wrecking derby (Sunday). I mean it’s pretty cheap entertainment for one night.”
Roughly 20 bull riders were in attendance along with a handful of bullfighters.
The day also showcased several 4-H/FFA events from horses, to bucket calves, dairy show, sheep show and goat show. The River City Carnival Midway also opened for the first night and will be open again on Friday at 5 p.m.
Davis added the entire board appreciates the amount of volunteer hours put in by everyone.
“You got all these volunteers that come out here and help,” Davis added. “If it wouldn’t be for the volunteers and these 15 guys and gals that we work with on the board, it takes everybody to work together to put on a county fair. I mean, that’s just what it takes.”
Friday will open with 4-H/FFA Feeder Calf & Baby Breeding Heifer check-in from 8 – 8:30 a.m. with all entries in place by 8:30 a.m. The 4-H/FFA Swine Show will begin at 8 a.m. from the Kaden Schmale Swine Arena as fair gates will be open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.
Other agriculture events include the 4-H/FFA Beef Show for showmanship at 9:30 a.m. with Renee’s Herd Builder, Breeding Beef Show, Feeder Calf, Market Beef & Cow/Calf Shows to follow.
The Agriculture Hall will be open from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. with Friday morning Chamber Coffee being hosted by the Wayne County Ag Society from the Fair Office between 10 – 11 a.m.
Again, no Wildlife Encounter shows this weekend due to an accident (no animals were hurt in the accident). Horn T Zoo out of Monroe, Nebraska will offer some exotic animals.
Wayne Am Vets will offer the Presentation of Colors with Jaden Fuchs singing the National Anthem at 5:50 p.m.
The 58th annual free BBQ will last from 6 until 7:30 p.m. near the food court during the Pioneer Award & Oldest Famer sponsored by Farm Bureau in the grandstand at 6 p.m. The Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League/Nebraska Bush Pullers tractor pull will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday night.
Davis also mentioned a pair of exhibition runs will feature big engine modified tractors.
“The one guy that’s coming out of Oklahoma has five engines on his mod, Wayne Purser,” Davis mentioned. “His is putting out at right at 10,000 horse power. Then I got Wayne Longnecker coming out of Iowa. He’s got two blowing hemi’s on his that is putting out about 6,000 hp.”
Friday night’s live entertainment in the beer garden will be Jetley Park.
The Wayne County Fairboard has also decided to run a shuttle from the Wayne High School parking lot to the fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday from 3 p.m. until 1 a.m. Also, depending on the crowd size, they may do this also on Sunday.
The Wayne County Fairgrounds can be found at 301 Pheasant Run on the west edge of town. Events will be held at the fairgrounds with the dual-track tractor pull Friday night, trio of music performers on Saturday and demolition derby on Sunday.
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.