WAYNE – Following a year off from activities and events due to the pandemic, the Wayne County Fair will return for their 99th year with a full four-days of summer fun this weekend.
As limited amount of youth competed in 4-H and FFA events last summer, all are back from Thursday, July 22 – Sunday, July 25 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.
Highlighted events include the ‘Free Day’ at the Fair on Wednesday, July 21 as this day is mainly for the check-in of 4-H/FFA entries and animals.
Moving into Thursday, July 22; 4-H/FFA livestock shows will take place through the entire day. The L4 Livestock Ultimate Bull Riding Tour is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. while Dave Merkel will perform in the beer garden at 9 p.m.
On Friday, July 23, more 4-H/FFA livestock shows will be held leading into the 58th annual BBQ from 6 – 7:30 p.m. (free). The Pioneer Award and Oldest Farmer sponsored by the Farm Bureau is scheduled for 6 p.m. ahead of the evening main entertainment being the Lucas Oil Pro Pull League and Nebraska Bush Pullers Tractor Pull at 6:30 p.m. as Jetley Park will perform in the beer garden at 9 p.m.
The Wayne County Ag Society will also be hosting Friday morning Chamber Coffee at 10 a.m. with ChamberPercs (online version on FB at Wayne, NE) beginning at 10:15 a.m. from the fair office.
Saturday’s evening attraction will begin with 4-H Style Show and award presentations in the grandstand moving into a trio of music groups. The Dylan Bloom Band will open at 7 p.m., followed by Larry Fleet at 8 p.m. and Josh Turner is this year’s headliner at 9:30 p.m. The Dylan Bloom Band will also perform in the beer garden at 10:30 p.m.
Close out the Wayne County Fair on Sunday, July 25 as a 10 a.m. worship service will start the day in the grandstand. Moving into the afternoon, the ‘Sweet Tooth Contest’ is scheduled for noon inside the Wayne County Expo Center; the Barnyard Pedal Pull will be held at 2 p.m. with a 1 p.m. registration; auction of wood carvings at 4:30 p.m. kids Power Wheels Derby at 5:45 p.m. ahead of the Demolition Derby at 6 p.m.
Several demonstrations and vendors will be highlighted inside the Wayne County Expo Center throughout the fair. Also, each day will have other entertainment opportunities during the fair.
Cost for a season pass (July 22 – 25) is $55 for adults at the gate being cash or check only. Daily admission for children (12 & under) are free while cost for adults is $20 each day from Thursday, July 22 – Sunday, July 25.
Fair-goers can also save $5 on their season pass until July 21. Visit Pac N Save, Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust; State Nebraska Bank & Trust (campus and main branches); BankFirst and F&M Bank all in Wayne as well as outside of Wayne being Wayne County Bank in Winside; Hoskins Manufacturing in Hoskins; Farmers State Bank in Carroll; BankFirst in Wakefield and The Station in Carroll.
Visit thewaynecountyfair.com or like Wayne County Fair NE on Facebook for complete details. Also, call the fair office at 402-375-5531 with any questions as their office is open at 8:30 a.m. each day. Listen to Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9; The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com for remote broadcasts between July 22 – 25 for the 99th annual Wayne County Fair.