100th Wayne County Fair Begins Next Week

WAYNE – In less than a week, the 100th annual Wayne County Fair will take over northeast Nebraska with their official grandstand events.

The Wednesday, July 20 date is meant for a free family day with no gate fees as fair officials ask that livestock enter through the west (main) gate. Between 5:30 – 7 p.m. there’ll be an entry of all Open Class Home Economic Exhibits in the Ag Hall.

Along with opening events on Thursday, July 21 the River City Carnival first opens on the Midway at 5 p.m. The presentation of colors by Wayne Am Vets and national Anthem by Riley Haschke at 7:15 p.m. next Thursday.

Opening ceremonies will get underway at 7:20 p.m. hosted by Wayne County Ag Society President, Doug Temme.

Bullriding and bull fighting take over Thursday night starting at 7:30 p.m.

The evening of Friday, July 22 will offer the free BBQ from 6 – 7:30 p.m. followed by the dual track tractor pull with the Outlaws and Nebraska Bush Pullers totaling 11 classes beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday’s musical entertainment on July 23 will open with Dylan Bloom at 7 p.m. followed by Randy Houser at 8 p.m. opening for headliner Gary Allan at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 24 will conclude with the demolition derby starting at 6 p.m.

Kevin Davis added information on ticket sales.

“Tickets are still on sale here at $45 and then the day of the fair they go to $55,” Davis added. “Then your daily passes are $20, Saturday they will be $25 just for the concert. But otherwise, everything is $20.”

Children 12 & Under are free

Tickets can be purchased at Bank First (Wayne and Wakefield); Pac N Save; Elkhorn Valley Bank (Wayne & Norfolk); State Nebraska Bank & Trust (Main Branch & Campus Branch); F&M Bank (Wayne); Wayne County Bank (Winside); Hoskins Manufacturing; Farmers State Bank (Carroll); Farmers Coop Winside Store and The Station (Carroll).

Ride passes are also available for a $5 savings at $20 where you purchase your fair passes otherwise wrist bands are $25 at the fair.

From the carnival to 4-H and FFA shows, there’ll be plenty opportunities for families to take part in the traditional events.

Evening beer garden live entertainment will be Tegan Nissen on July 21 at 9 p.m.; Jetley Park on July 22 at 9 p.m.; Mason Michaels on July 23 at 10:30 p.m. and Dave Merkel from 7 – 11 p.m. on July 24.

Davis also added volunteers are still needed.

“Because the night of the concert and the tractor pull that’s when we really get jammed up with parking and we always need plenty of help with that,” Davis added. “We do have some help lined up, but I know we could always use more help wherever.”

Visit thewaynecountyfair.com for more information or call the fair office at 402-375-5531 and leave a message with any questions.

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