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Chase County Fair completes another successful run PDF Print E-mail

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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.

 
Kids turn out for one of fair’s biggest pedal tractor pulls PDF Print E-mail

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By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican

Organizers said the near-150 youths who competed in Friday’s pedal tractor pull at the Chase County Fair was among the biggest number ever.
A total of 145 competed in the age 4-12 divisions with several more age three and younger pulling for fun before the sanctioned contest started.
Mid-Nebraska Pedal Pullers from Arcadia returned to conduct the sanctioned pull again this year in a hot Friday afternoon at the fair. They’ve been here for this event the past 20 years.
This year, trophies were awarded to first, second and third in each of the age 4 to 12 divisions for boys and girls.
In addition, each age group’s champion also earned a $25 Visa gift card.
All those boys and girls finishing in the top three at the Chase County Fair are eligible to compete in the State Fair pedal tractor pull this Saturday in Grand Island. That means a maximum of 54 youngsters from the county fair contest last week could be in Grand Island this weekend.
The kids’ pedal tractor pull was sponsored in part by Pivot Electric and Rowley Welding.
Here are the top three finishers in each division.
Four-year-olds
Girls—1st Char Lutz, 2nd Madelynn Hogan, 3rd Lydia Clay.
Boys—1st Lane Taylor, 2nd D.J. Stamm, 3rd Damon Spady.
Five-year-olds
Girls—1st Kyra Moser, 2nd Allyssa Davis, 3rd Sophia Goings.
Boys—1st Braxton Chubb, 2nd Conner Stromberger, 3rd Kolt Majors.
Six-year-olds
Girls—1st Miranda Spady, 2nd Erika Rahn, 3rd Odessa Zadina.
Boys—1st Noah Rau, 2nd Parker Terryberry, 3rd Ryan Taylor.
Seven-year-olds
Girls—1st Alex Johnson, 2nd Naveah Martin, 3rd Kiley Rusher.
Boys—1st Max Schilke, 2nd Hudson Koellner, 3rd Kaden Vogt.
Eight-year-olds
Girls—1st Kylee Wiest, 2nd Addison Robinson, 3rd Addison Wiese.
Boys—1st Jaret Peterson, 2nd Tyler O’Neil, 3rd Jason Nelson.
Nine-year-olds
Girls—1st Cloe Stehno, 2nd Ashlyn Majors, 3rd Gracie Goings.
Boys—1st Nickolas Rau, 2nd  Jacksen Littrel, 3rd Kolt Rahn.
Ten-year-olds
Girls—1st Correy Koellner, 2nd Markenna Terryberry, 3rd Kendra Burke.
Boys—1st Matt Seeker, 2nd Brock Leibhart, 3rd Tyler Spady.
Eleven-year-olds
Girls—1st Sydney Schilke. No 2nd or 3rd.
Boys—1st Chase Rowley, 2nd Joel Priest. No 3rd.
Twelve-year-olds
Girls—1st Rylee Oakley. No 2nd or 3rd.
Boys—1st Gunner Goings, 2nd Bo O’Neil, 3rd Trevor Peterson.

 
Catch-a-calf contest a success PDF Print E-mail

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Five kids catch calves they’ll show next year

By Russ Pankonin

The Imperial Republican

Five kids earned the right to show their own calf at next year’s fair beef show by catching a calf in the fair’s first-ever catch-a-calf contest.
The contest was organized by 14 year-old Emma Fergurson of Imperial and held during the arena events Tuesday night, Aug. 12.
The five lucky winners who manhandled their calves into the pen included Logan Mendenhall, Cade Francis, Whitney Hopp, Trevor Peterson and Jose Medrano.
While there was no entry fee for the eight participants, each had to have a place to raise the calf and agree to pay for feed and vet bills in the event they won. They also had to agree to buy a mortality insurance policy that runs about $175.
Ferguson organized the local contest to give other youths the opportunity to share in the experience she gained as a catch-a-calf winner at the National Western Stock Show in 2013.
She raised the calf and showed it in this year’s National Western show and won grand champion honors.
The calves caught during last week’s event won’t be the actual calves the kids raise. The calves in the arena were from her own herd.
Sponsors will purchase calves for the winners to raise.
Sponsors to date include Imperial Beef, Jerry Kuenning & Son, Harchelroad Motors and Wine Glass Ranch.

 
Colorado trio wins fair talent show PDF Print E-mail

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By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican

Kanosha Pass, a band from Louisville, Colo., earned a trip to the Nebraska State Fair by taking first place in the Country Showdown talent contest  Aug. 14 at the Chase County Fair.
The three-man group performed one original song and one Rascal Flats song to win $100 and the chance to compete in Lincoln Aug. 23.
Local contestants have the opportunity to advance on to the national final if they win the regional contest at the State Fair.
Past winners have included Martina McBride, Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert and Billy Ray Cyrus.
Second place and $50 went to 11-year old Morayah Cupp of Champion. Third place and $25 went to Tazalea Scott of Westerville.
Also performing was Dave Carr of Springview.
The Chase County Schools 9th Street Singers performed before the contest, sponsored in part by Strand Farms, Inc.
Also performing were students from the recent Imperial Summer Music Camp.
The contest was presented by KOGA Clear Channel Radio and sponsored in part by Fine Things Jewelry.

 
Demolition derby fans treated to a great show PDF Print E-mail

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By Russ Pankonin

The Imperial Republican

Demolition derby fans got to witness one of the best main heats in a number of years in the no-weld division of the Imperial Jaycee’s Chase County Fair demo derby Thursday night.
This year’s derby drew 16 cars in the no-weld division, five in the weld division and two in the truck division.
With 16 cars in the no-weld division, three different heats were held followed by a consolation round that gave drivers a chance to get their car back to the main heat.
The main heat of the no-weld featured 11 cars in an arena that was enlarged this year.
With five places on the line, the 11 drivers were focused on getting into the money.
Jared Sharp of Imperial keep his car going to earn fifth place and Jason Gohl of Culbertson finished fourth.
Then the battle for first began.
Matt Newcomb of Eustis, Chad Cochran of Imperial and Denis Vandike of Benkelman battled for the top money.
With each refusing to go down, demo fans were treated to a knock-down, drag-out battle for first.
Each of the three jockeyed for position, trying to knock the others out of the derby.
It was Newcomb who finally went down first, leaving Cochran and Vandike to battle it out.
Numerous times, it  looked like Cochran was out, only to get his car’s engine fired back up to go hit Vandike some more.
Vandike kept his car going despite blowing out his radiator system.
Cochran then seized his chance, ramming Vandike nearly head-on, trying to take him out. Instead, it was Cochran’s car that suffered the most damage and went down for a final time.
Vandike was able to fire his car up and inch ahead to claim the top prize.
In the weld division, Shane Rippen of Culbertson pounded on the other four cars for first and was able to drive his car out of the arena at the end of the weld main.
Two drivers competed in the truck division with Gerald Peterman of Benkelman in a 1985 GMC Jimmy and J.J. Howard of Goodland, Kan., in a Chevy Suburban.
The size of Howard’s suburban allowed him to dominate Peterman’s Jimmy. Despite just two in the heat, the pair put on a good show.
At one point, officials stopped the heat because the two had locked up and had to be separated for the heat to continue.
Demo derby results
No-weld division: 1st, Denis Vandike, Benkelman, $1,000; 2nd, Chad Cochran, Imperial, $700; 3rd, Matt Newcomb, Eustis, $450; 4th, Jason Gohl, Culbertson, $200; 5th, Jared Sharp, Imperial, $100. Heat flag winners: Heat 1, Sharp; Heat 2, Vandike; Heat 3, Tayler Jensen, Parks.
Weld division: 1st, Shane Rippen, Culbertson, $1,200; 2nd, Mike Stalder, Beaver City, $800; 3rd, Jared Williams, Grant, $500 (+ flag winner); 4th, Bryan Newcomb, Kearney, $250; 5th, Alex Pollman, Trenton, $100.
Truck division: 1st, J.J. Howard, Goodland, Kan., $500; 2nd, Gerald Peterman, Benkelman, $200.

 
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