Box Butte County: It’s Our Future

The 2019 Box Butte County Fair is just around the corner. The dates this year for the “Sew it, Grow it, Show it, It’s our future” themed fair are August 5through the 11th at the Fairgrounds in Hemingford.

This year’s schedule is jam packed with events. Some of those are the traditional events that we are all used to and some have changed a bit.

Something new this year is the digital tickets. Tickets can be purchased by going to the Fair Office of course, or by going online to Season tickets are available for purchase. That includes a ticket to the Queen Contest, Rubber Check Race, Truck and Tractor Pull, Casey Donahew Band Concert, and the Demolition Derby. Single tickets for these events are available as well.

“Going digital is something that we’re excited about,” said Fair Manager Donna Dexter. “We are here at the Fair Office if anyone needs our help.”

Fair clean-up will be Saturday, July 27. Contact the Fair Office at 487-5223 if you would like to help.   

“We are a bunch of volunteers that do this and we do the best we can,” Dexter said. “If anybody wants to help out we would love to have them.”

“Our donation sponsorship drive has not been as good as the past years. We are down significantly, so donations are more than welcome. I know everybody got hit with the blizzard and flooding so the crops are behind so that doesn’t help.”

Something new this year is the Open Poultry show on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Check in time for that is 8-9:15 a.m. and the show begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. All ages are welcome; however 4-H bird entries cannot participate in Open Show. There’s a 50/50 cash return with an entry fee of $3 per bird. Nancy Lieder is in charge and a professional judge is coming.

“We are having the same Midway that we had last year but they are bringing a lot of new things,” Dexter said. “They are bringing a zip-line and something else that will be a lot of fun. Hopefully there’s something for everybody. I know everybody wants a carnival but it’s just not feasible for us. It’s hard to get a good quality company that we can afford.”

There will not be a Hog Wrestling event this year because they couldn’t get the hogs.

Another thing that they need help from the community with is the Open Class entries.

“I’d like to get more involvement in the Open Class exhibit,” Dexter said. “Vegetables, art work, quilts, jams… just about anything that someone has grown or made can be entered and we will find a class to put it in. We would like to have as much as possible so that people have things to look at when they come to the fair. That’s what the fair is all about!”

The Diorama Food Booth is still seeking volunteers to help man the booth as well as donate fruit pies. Contact Blanche Randolph for more information. 

“Another thing that I’m super excited about is that the Casey Donahew Band coming,” Dexter added. “The buzz from that really got people excited for the fair.”  

There will be a live band playing this year in the Beer Garden on Saturday night.

“Crossbell will be in the Beer Garden before and after the concert so that will be fun and something different. It will give people a chance to hang out after the concert and not have to feel rushed to leave.”

Something that is out of the Fair Board’s hands is Mother Nature.

“Mosquitos were so horrible last year,” Dexter said. “People didn’t think we were spraying but we were. We sprayed every night. That’s just something that we don’t have a lot of control over just like we can’t stop the rain.”

There are still spots open for vendors as well.

If you would like to help out at all before or during the fair, contact the Fair Office at 487-5223.

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