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By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Chad Oxford, president of the Chase County Fair Board, felt his fellow board members and a host of volunteers put on another great Chase County Fair.
“I think it went really well,” Oxford said as he looked back on a week of events. It started with the 4-H horse show Sunday, Aug. 10, and ended with the antique tractor pull Sunday, Aug. 17.
Oxford witnessed good crowds throughout the week that included events for all ages.
He was especially pleased with how the kids turned out this year for such events as the barnyard scramble, mutton bustin’ and pedal tractor pull. Numbers in all those events were up this year.
Wednesday night’s Christian Family Show, which featured Big Daddy Weave, drew more than 1,000 people.
The same was true for the Demolition Derby, with the total crowd exceeding 1,000 in the stands and pit area.
While the attendance at Friday’s rock show was lower than expected, Saturday night’s ticket and beer sales more than made up the difference.
Oxford said nearly 1,700 people attended the rock show Friday night, which featured the Marshall Tucker Band and Starship.
On Saturday, nearly 2,400 attended the country show which featured newcomer Courtney Cole and headliner Chris Young.
Alex McNair, entertainment chair for the fair board, said he’s heard nothing but good things about Chris Young’s show.
McNair said Young put on a really good show and featured a first for the fair with a wall of LED screens on the stage. The screens behind Young showed videos and graphics throughout the show, enhancing the experience for the country music fans.
2015 fair dates in flux
Typically, the Chase County Fair falls on the third weekend of August and ends a week before the start of the Nebraska State Fair.
This year’s State Fair begins Friday, Aug. 22, and always ends on Labor Day weekend. This year, Labor Day occurs on Monday, Sept. 1. In 2015, Labor Day falls almost a week later, Monday, Sept. 7.
Normally, next year’s fair dates would be Aug. 16-23. Presently, the fair board has a contract with the Heart of America Shows carnival for those dates.
An eastern Nebraska fair that contracts with Heart of America is considering moving their date up one week.
At their last meeting, fair board members voted to move forward a week, assuming the other fair had already moved their date.
Last week, they learned a definite decision has yet to be made by the other fair.
As a result, Oxford said next year’s dates remain in flux.
He said the fair has had a great relationship with Heart of America and the quality of carnival they bring to the fair and don’t want to lose that.
Oxford said they expect to make an announcement of the 2015 dates in the next three to four weeks.