Another successful Chase County Fair & Expo in the books
By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican
This year’s Chase County Fair & Expo is in the books and will be remembered as another great Chase County Fair. This year’s fair also marked a number of firsts.
Probably the most obvious is the completion of a new building on the fairgrounds that will serve Imperial and Chase County for many years to come.
It was fitting that the first official event held in the new $475,000 building was the fair’s Roundup Supper to recognize the fair’s benefactors.
The benefactor program plays a pivotal role in maintaining a successful fair. The new building would not have been possible without fair benefactors stepping up to the plate to support the fair over the years.
Through the benefactor program, business owners, farmers, ranchers and individuals show their pride in the fair, along with their desire to make our fair one of the best county fairs in Nebraska.
This year marked the largest number of sponsors ever participating in the fair’s benefactor program. By participating in the program, benefactors receive concert tickets and admission into the hospitality area, Roundup supper tickets, carnival passes and recognition in the fair’s brochure and advertising.
Our fair continues to evolve and grow through technology, evidenced this year by adoption of electronic ticketing. This adds convenience for both the ticket customer and the fair.
Customers purchasing tickets online this year could either print the bar-coded tickets out themselves or send them to their smartphone. These were then scanned at the front gate when they came to a ticketed event at the fair.
The new system provides instant sales feedback for the board along with demographics which can be used to better promote the fair in the future. The electronic ticket also prevented any kind of ticket theft or fraud.
Hats off to the fair board for their dedication to making the Chase County Fair & Expo one of the best. Also, hats off to the hundreds of people throughout Chase County who volunteer their time to help at the fair in some fashion or another. Due to the devotion and commitment from all these people, our fair is like the cream that rises to the top.
Until next year . . .