Chase County Fair a lot like family reunions
By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor
Just over two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a family reunion on my dad’s side in Omaha. I haven’t been able to be back to eastern Nebraska or Iowa for many of the reunions the past 15 to 20 years, so was this one ever a lot of fun!
Nearly 30 (that’s about two-thirds) of my first cousins and many more second cousins were there, many of my cousins’ children whom I hadn’t met before. Then there were my dad’s only two remaining siblings, the oldest brother Charley and youngest sister Bette, both who took in all the weekend events including a (very warm) bus tour of all our old stomping grounds and the houses we were raised in around Omaha.
I have a lot of new photos that will be memories decades from now for our children. There was so much reminiscing and remembering the “good ol’ days.”
And so much laughing, too.
We are now in the midst of the Chase County Fair, and as I anticipate the arrival of some family as our guests and have heard of many others returning “home” for the fair, it struck me how much family reunions and our fair here are so similar.
Where else can you see so many people you haven’t seen for awhile, including the kids of kids who grew up here that you maybe haven’t met yet?
Where else are people just a bit more friendly than usual?
And just check out the social media networks in the coming days with new photos of happy times at the fair.
Whether you are a Chase County native returning for fair week or someone who is here just because of this grand county fair (said in some circles to be western Nebraska’s State Fair!), welcome!
There is no better time for seeing people and getting reacquainted than the Chase County Fair. I’d call it another family reunion.