County Fair Closes Out With Derby


WAYNE – Over the past four nights evening entertainment drew thousands to the grandstand for the 97th annual Wayne County Fair and Sunday night was no different.

With six classes the final night of the fair showcased the demolition derby. Prior to the derby, the flag burning ceremony took place along with kids power wheels to kickoff the evening.

Auction of the wood carvings also took place prior to the derby.

Fair board member, Cody Henderson said drivers from Iowa and western Nebraska contacted him to participate but he couldn’t do it without help.

“It takes a lot and I got a couple guys that help me,” said Henderson. “I got a guy that goes out and does the Mad Dog stuff and he does a good job at that. It’s a year-round deal.”

Mad Dog awards went to hardest hit, farthest hall, best paint job and more.

Classes ranged from limited weld, 90s & newer, Mods, 90s & newer women’s, compacts and bone stock.

Henderson added each driver was battling for their top prize.

“Our total purse this year is just right around $14,000 and I think we got somewhere between $3,500 – $4,000 for Mad Dog,” Henderson added.

Earlier in the day a sweet tooth judging contest was held along with more wildlife encounter shows, the carnival and 4-H/FFA shows.

Fairboard members will be right back to work gearing up for the 98th annual Wayne County Fair in 2020.


Award winners over the weekend:

2019 Pioneer Farm Family Award: The Kai family, current owner of the farm is Brian Kai

Farm Bureau award (oldest farmer): Dean Janke Sr.

Fair Person of the Year: Amy Topp

Kilroy Award: Dwight Anderson

Legacy Families: Rita Isom, Judith Peters, Kris Loberg, Karen Mangels as well as Marta, Marcia & Michael Victor