By Jan Schultz and Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
While the Chase County Fair has just one event on its opening day Sunday—the 4-H horse show—events will continue to build each day for the week-long fair in Imperial that ends Sunday, Aug. 16.
Early events of the fair are heavily concentrated on youths, with the many livestock shows on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 11-13.
The Chase County Extension Office is making final preparations for all the 4-H events during the week. Extension Educator Debbie Kuenning reports the following number of youths registered for the horse and livestock shows.
Horse show—19 exhibitors, with three new classes this year including two in English equitation along with Ranch Horse Pleasure
Dog show—Nine exhibitors
Cat show—Six exhibitors
Poultry showmanship—Six exhibitors
Rabbit show—Nine exhibitors
Swine show—38 exhibitors
Sheep show—15 exhibitors
Goat show—Three exhibitors
Beef show—50 exhibitors
Due to the avian bird flu outbreak earlier this year, all poultry shows in the state were cancelled this year, including those at county fairs.
Kuenning said Chase County youths registered for poultry showmanship are being encouraged to bring in a poster and talk about it or give a video presentation for the showmanship competition this year.
The poultry showmanship will be in the barn area on the fairgrounds and will follow the 2 p.m. rabbit show Aug. 12.
There are no poultry market divisions this year.
Other early fair events
Starting events Tuesday in the rodeo arena is the Ranch Rodeo at 5 p.m. Organizer Chance Skomp said it’s getting bigger and better each year.
The maximum of 15 teams were registered “quite awhile ago,” he said and he has several teams on a waiting list.
Teams of four will have two goes where they will test their skills on tasks such as stray gathering, yoking, doctoring and trailer loading. Skomp said, as they compete for fastest times, they’ll be vying for cash and tack prizes.
One change in the Tuesday schedule is the Nickel Scramble for youngsters. The event is listed in the fair brochure as the Barnyard Scramble but coordinator Kelsey Steinkraus said they are switching up the event a little this year.
Starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the rodeo arena, youths will be divided into two age groups for the Nickel Scramble—toddler to seven in one group and eight to 12 years old in another.
The contest will start with all youths holding hands in a circle. Nickels will be dropped in the dirt and they will scramble after them, Steinkraus said. All the nickels picked up are theirs to keep, she said, and those who find colored nickels will yield an additional prize.
She encourages youths to bring along a small bag for their finds.
Chase County 4-H and FFA youths can participate in the catch-a-calf contest again this year, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the rodeo arena. That event is again coordinated by Emma Ferguson.
Other fun events on Wednesday, Aug. 12, include the always popular mutton bustin’ contest at 3 p.m. in the rodeo arena. Youths ages five to seven who are 60 lbs. and lighter can compete for trophies. Youths should get there early to register.
Also on Wednesday is the frozen t-shirt contest starting at 4 p.m. in the rodeo arena, and is open to all ages. Whoever unwraps a frozen t-shirt the quickest will win the prize.
The carnival opens for the first day on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and includes a one-day $25 special allowing the buyer unlimited rides until 11 p.m.
From 5 to 7 p.m. in the open air pavilion, fairgoers can enjoy the bratwurst supper, with all proceeds going to KNGN Christian Radio in McCook.
On the menu for $6.50 will be a brat or hot dog, baked beans, chips, dessert and a drink.
Afterwards the first big night of entertainment kicks off when the Christian vocal group Sanctus Real performs at 7 p.m. in the grandstand. Tickets to the event are $12 and now available at the ticket booth on the grounds.
Wednesday also marks opening day of the expo at 12 noon. This week, the expo list of booths shows a total of 103 exhibitors.
The 4-H and open class exhibit building also opens for
Chase County Fair Schedule
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
8 a.m.—4-H Horse Show (rodeo arena)
MONDAY, AUGUST 10
5:30 p.m.—Barrel Race Exhibitions (rodeo arena) Call Chris Krausnick 308-882-1263 to enter.
7 p.m.—Barrel Race First Run (rodeo arena)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 11
8 a.m.—4-H Dog Show (open air pavilion)
10:30 a.m.—Cat Show (open air pavilion)
8-11 a.m.—Enter 4-H, FFA and Open Class Exhibits
11 a.m.—All Market Beef, Sheep and Swine Entered
4:30 p.m.—Registration for Livestock Judging Contest
5 p.m.—Livestock Judging Contest
5 p.m.—Ranch Rodeo (rodeo arena)
5:30 p.m.—Nickel Scramble (rodeo arena, toddlers to age 12)
6 p.m.—Catch-A-Calf Contest (rodeo arena) Open to 7th-12th grade students who reside in Chase County. Call Emma Ferguson 308-883-1686 for more information. Student must be active in 4H or FFA (non independent)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12
8:30 a.m.—4-H and FFA Swine Show (show arena)
11 a.m.—4-H and FFA Goat and Sheep Show (show arena) Dress Your Lamb Contest to follow
12 noon—All Breeding Beef, Feeder Calves & Bucket Calves Entered
12 noon-7 p.m.—Expo Open
12:30 p.m.—4-H Exhibit Building Opens
1 p.m.—4-H Sheep & Swine Ultrasounding
2 p.m.—4-H and FFA Rabbit Show
3 p.m.—Mutton Bustin’ Contest (ages 5-7, 60 lb. limit in rodeo arena)
3 p.m.—Homemade Ice Cream & Pie by Champion Community Center (Hughes Farm Supply Booth)
3-12 midnight—Lions Club Bingo (Lions stand, fairgrounds)
4 p.m.—Frozen T-Shirt Contest (Rodeo Arena) All ages
5-11 p.m.—Carnival Open Ride-a-Thon ($25 unlimited rides)
5-7 p.m.—Bratwurst Supper (open air pavilion) Benefit for KNGN Christian Family Radio in McCook.
7 p.m.—Christian Family Show (grandstand) SANCTUS REAL coordinated by Ministerial Association of Southwest Nebraska
8 p.m.—Square Dance (open air pavilion) Lucky Kochenhower, Caller
8:30 p.m.—4-H Exhibit Building closes