Sales continue brisk pace for evening shows
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Several activities at the 2013 Chase County Fair are already history, but there are still five days of activity ahead in the week-long event.
The 4-H horse show kicked off events Sunday morning, and although no major events were scheduled Monday, the fairgrounds was busy with arrival of the Heart of America carnival, expo set-up and preparations in the exhibit buildings.
There are plenty of 4-H/FFA livestock shows, as many of the animals were entered Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, the swine show kicked off those shows at 8:30 a.m., with sheep, goats, rabbits and poultry later that day.
Thursday features the 8:30 a.m. beef show, and Friday rounds out the 4-H events with a rocket launch, round robin showmanship and the livestock auction.
In between the 4-H events, fair-goers have much to take in all week.
A report from fairboard member Alex McNair, chairman of entertainment, sales for the grandstand shows Friday and Saturday night continue at a brisk pace.
Friday’s performance by Styx continues to lead sales with 44 percent of the tickets sold, up from 39.4 percent last week.
Saturday’s country show headlined by Justin Moore, with a lead-on performance by Imperial’s Talbott Brothers, also continues to sell well, McNair said.
On Tuesday morning, Saturday’s show has sold 35.1 percent of the tickets, up from last week’s 31.9 percent.
Both Friday and Saturday’s shows start at 7:30 p.m.
DOVE and Grammy award winning artist Laura Story will perform at Wednesday’s 7 p.m. Christian Family Show.
Tickets went on sale Monday and 300 were sold on the first day, reported ticket managers Larry and Jeanette Munger.
Organizers indicate they could sell between 1,000 and 1,500 tickets for Story’s show.
The carnival, expo, opening of the exhibit buildings and helicopter rides all open or start for the week’s run on Wednesday.
Here’s a recap of some of the bigger events still on tap the rest of this week.
Called a step-up from past talent shows, Thursday’s Texaco Country Showdown is still taking entries for the 1 p.m. show in the open air pavilion.
Seven entries were in as of last Friday, but John Brandt of sponsor KOGA/KMCX said with many area youths returning to school already this week, they extended the entry deadline to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, a half-hour before the show.
Local winners will advance to the state contest at the State Fair on Aug. 24, with the possibility of further advancement to regionals and nationals.
There is a $20 entry fee, and participants must provide their own music, Brandt said.
Entry forms and more information on time limits, etc. are available by contacting KOGA/KMCX at 1-800-658-4445.
The 9th St. Singers from Chase County Schools will also perform.
Billed as a comedian and magician, Jerry Frasier will perform five times Thursday through Saturday in the open air pavilion. All shows are free.
His Thursday show is at 4 p.m., Friday’s are 3 and 5 p.m. and Saturday times are 3:30 and 5:30 p.m.
Frasier’s shows are billed as anything-can-happen clean comedy which are fun, well-planned, highly visual and tightly routined.
Frasier has been entertaining for 20 years, and takes audience participation to a new level with illusions and other magical events.
The Imperial Jaycee-sponsored Demolition Derby will mark its 25th year at the fair this week on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
Chairman Tyler Vlasin said there is no limit on number of participants, and entries are taken the day of the derby.
First place in the weld division will go home with $1,200, first in no-weld receives $1,000 while the winner of the pickup division, in its second year in 2013, wins $500. Four other places in the weld and no-weld divisions, and two additional places in the pickup division, will also by paid, Vlasin said. There will also be $250 awarded in each class to the most crowd-pleasing driver.
Tickets are now on sale at the ticket office for $10 each.
Pedal Tractor Pull
Kids from age four to 12 will crowd into the open air pavilion Friday for the Pedal Tractor Pull that starts with free registration at 11:30 a.m. The contest gets under at 12:30 p.m.
The youngsters will use little tractors and their physical ability to see who can pull the most weight in their class.
Boys and girls who win their age groups will receive savings bonds and qualify for the state pedal tractor pull, as well.
There are already 91 pre-registrations for Saturday’s early morning fair run, which starts with 6:30 a.m. registration.
Jonathan Beverly, one of the co-sponsors and co-coordinators of the event, said that number is far and above any pre-registrations of past fair races he’s been involved in, “So it’s pretty exciting.”
He said interest is high for the events that include a 10K, 5K, mile run/walk and a half-mile race for the kids (12 and under).
The start and finish of the 35th annual race is changing this year to East 9th St., in front of Chase County Schools, instead of at the fairgrounds.
The 10K, 5K and mile will all start at 7:30 a.m., with the kids’ half mile to be run on the school track about 8:45 a.m. Awards will start at 9 a.m., and all participants will have a chance at several prizes.
Special 35th anniversary hats will go to each runner as part of their $18 registration cost. Kids 12 and under participate for free.
One of the biggest events each year is the Saturday morning parade, set to begin at 10:30 a.m. See the parade route on page B2 of this issue.
The Imperial Chamber of Commerce organizes the parade for the fair board each year, and President Jana Pribbeno said entries are flowing in. Thirty-two had been submitted by Monday.
The parade will follow a “Spirit of America” theme with grand marshals representing several military campaigns—Vincent Marvin, Bob Fanning, Dave Oxford, Pastor David Kahle and Kerry Shinn.
Entries in five divisions will vie for Chamber Bucks for first and second in each category, and more for being chosen the Grand Prize entry.
Divisions include organizations, business/professional, religious, equestrian and open class.
Car, motorcycle shows
A classic car show and motorcycle show are on tap Saturday afternoon, both starting at 12 noon.
The motorcycle show returns to the fairgrounds walkway again this year, and runs until 3 p.m. when awards will be announced for “Exhibitors Choice,” and judges’ selection of best domestic, metric, pre-1970, mini and modified.
The Carnutz Cruize-In car show is held along Wellington St., one block west of the fairgrounds and concludes about 4 p.m. with awards in several categories.
Doug Reinke of the Carnutz Club said they will give awards for People’s Choice, Club Choice as well as the Best GM, Best Dodge/Chrysler/Plymouth and Best Ford vehicles entered, as well as awards in several other classes.
Entries for both shows will be taken up until the start of the shows that day.
Check the fair brochure or the schedule of Wednesday through Sunday activities that appears below for all events and times of western Nebraska’s best county fair.