Patriotic opening ceremonies to get fair rolling in Cuming County

August 4, 2018

WEST POINT — It’s almost time for the celebration of Cuming County here.

Set for Thursday, Aug. 9, to Sunday, Aug. 12, “Uniting Agriculture, Family and Community” will be the theme of the 96th fair. Tuesday is open class entry day. Wednesday is livestock entry day.

Special opening ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, south of the church and depot and north of the ball diamond.

Fair-goers will be looking upward as a fly-over from the sky-diving Lincoln Sport Parachute Club will have a jump to bring the American flag. With the National Anthem playing, jumpers will descend from the plane with red, white and blue streamers to land on the ball diamond field.

New to the fair this year is the all-terrain vehicle and utility terrain vehicle pull. This noon event on Saturday is similar to a tractor pull.

Bull riding, demolition derby, baseball tournament and all traditional events are again scheduled.

Der Gluckich Spielers Polka Band will play on Sunday afternoon in the park. The Jolly Jammers from Minnesota will play for dancers Sunday afternoon at the Nielsen Center.

The parade starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday from the fairgrounds through Main Street. All fair food vendors are local, with food stands supporting local causes.

Lonestar is the headline entertainment for Saturday evening at 9:30 p.m. at the Nielsen Center. Dylan Bloom Band is the opening band at 8:30 p.m. and will play again following Lonestar.

The Fremont Pathfinder Chorus will be on the Nielsen stage at 7 p.m. for the final Sunday night fair entertainment.

Attendance has remained affordable. A one-time entry for adults is $10, season tickets for four days are $30. Teens 10 to 16 are $5. A four-day season ticket is $15. Kids 9 and under are free.

This entry fee covers all exhibits and entertainment including Lonestar. Parking is free.

This is also the 40th year for Arlene Rolf serving as the secretary of the fair board. She plans to retire after the fair.

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