■ Are ya’ll ready? Chase County Fair hits peak this week. PAGE 1.
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Entries continue to flow in every day for Saturday’s Chase County Fair Parade that has a “Livin’ the Dream” theme.
Set for a 10:30 a.m. start in front of the Imperial Manor, it will travel east on 10th St., then south on Broadway to 3rd St.
The Imperial Chamber of Commerce coordinates the parade each year. Jana Pribbeno is coordinating the setup and is getting entries every day.
As of Tuesday morning, about 40 entries are confirmed in five divisions, in addition to an ever-growing number of specialty vehicles—corvettes, classic cars, motorcycles and semis from the shows at the fair later that day.
With a mid-year election this fall including a race for U.S. Senate and a 44th District state senator, the candidate participation numbers have doubled to six since last week, Pribbeno noted.
Others joining the parade since last week include Ben Sasse of Fremont, Republican for U.S. Senate; Steve Stroup of Benkelman, non-partisan for Dist. 44 state senator; and Robin Stevens of Gothenburg, candidate for Nebraska State Board of Education.
For the vehicles, Pribbeno said about half of the 175 corvettes coming for Saturday’s afternoon show will be in the parade, or about 88 in all. The parade committee is also planning for up to 20 semis from the Smokin’ Chrome Truck Show.
Entries should be at their respective areas as shown in the map by 8:30 a.m. if they want to be judged at 9 a.m.
First and second in each division will be awarded $50 and $25 in Chamber Bucks. All first place winners will compete for the Grand Prize of an additional $75 in Chamber Bucks.
Divisions are business/professional, organizations, equestrian, religious and open class. Parade grand marshals are Jeff and Connie Pribbeno.
The fair barbecue is set for 7th and Wellington Sts., after the parade concludes, organized by the Imperial Young Farmers & Ranchers group. Tickets will be available at the BBQ site. The menu includes a brisket sandwich, beans, baked potato and drinks.
For dessert, homemade pie and ice cream will be offered by the Imperial Knights of Columbus at the BBQ site