Wayne County Fair Saturday Concert, Awards Presentation


WAYNE – Several awards were presented Saturday during the 100th annual Wayne County Fair ahead of the evening entertainment.

From the Wayne County Fairgrounds, the 4-H Fashion Show was showcased in the evening.

Diane Roeber was awarded as the Fair Person of the Year while Merlin and Dolores Felt were acknowledged with the Kilroy Award.

Dave Jaeger said this year’s entertainment line-up was a homerun.

“We first got Randy Houser and he has about five or six number ones already and he just has a new one on the charts right now,” said Jaeger. “Then we were lucky enough that it worked out that Gary Allan was kind of routing, so we caught him.”

Dylan Bloom, who’s performed in the past at the Wayne County Fair began Saturday night’s trio of performances. Randy Houser followed along with Gary Allan who concluded the night.

Jaeger added there were also two great nights already leading into Saturday.

“L4 bull riding, they put on a good show,” Jaeger added. “Not just bull riding, but it was bull fighting to. It was some of the best entertainment that you could ever have. Then, last night (Friday), our tractor pull I think we had close to 90 hooks and it was a good show, too.”

Along with a cornhole and pitch tournament there was also a horseshoe tourney with more Wildlife Encounter Shows and 4-H/FFA events during the fair.

Jaeger has been on the Wayne County Fair Board for 27 years and mentioned he serves with a great group.

“I mean their hard workers you see them running around this fairground all the time,” Jaeger mentioned. “I worked with some great people in the past. I was lucky enough to come on in 1996 and kind of paid attention to what a lot of the older guys did. They had a good foundation for us and we’ve nothing but built on it.”

The demolition derby will conclude the fair on Sunday at 6 p.m. as the kids power wheels derby will start around 5:45 p.m. Ahead of the derby includes the presentation of colors by the 189th Transportation at 4:50 p.m. and the singing on the national anthem by Dylan Anderson.

The auction of wood carvings will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the grandstand while the flag burning ceremony by Winside Post 252 will be at 5 p.m.

Adult daily admission is $20 (children 12 & under are free) as 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.

Visit thewaynecountyfair.com for complete details on the 100th celebration of the Wayne County Fair.

Sunday, July 24 events: gates open at 9 a.m.; Community Worship at 10 a.m. (Grandstand); Ag Hall opens from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Ag Olympics (Leland Herman Memorial Arena) from noon until 1 .m.; Expo Center is open from noon until 4 p.m.; Sweet Tooth Contest Registration from 12:30 – 12:55 p.m. and judging at 1 p.m. (Expo Center); Wildlife Encounter shows at 1/3:30 p.m.; Perfect School Attendance River City Carnival opens at 1 p.m. (Midway); Team Roping (Horse Arena) at 1 p.m.; Barnyard Pedal Pull sign-up (Kaden Schmale Swine Arena) at 1 p.m. and event at 2 p.m.; 4-H/FFA Round Robing Showmanship (Leland Herman Memorial Arena) at 1:30 p.m.; Bingo Tent opens at 2 .m. (Kid Zone); RORRing Entertainment – Mini Stock Car Racing (Little Theatre) from 2 – 6 p.m.; Paul Zanderholm Caricature Artist (near fair office) from 2 – 6 p.m.; 4-H/FFA Livestock Bonus Auction (Leland Herman Memorial Arena) at 3 p.m. and all exhibits are released at 3 p.m.

Evening entertainment in the beer garden will be provided by Dave Merkel from 7 – 11 p.m.