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Inaugural car show proves to be a hit at Stanton County Fair

August 7, 2018

STANTON — A new tradition at this year’s Stanton County Fair got off to an unexpectedly good start Sunday afternoon.

The fair’s inaugural car show made its debut on the final day of the fair, and many came away impressed.

“There’s been a great turnout, and there’s a great variety of everything,” said Dave Orwig of Norfolk.

Orwig was one of several hundred fairgoers filtering in and out of the show as he looked at the many vehicles on display. Although Orwig said he considered bringing a car to the show, he ultimately left it behind Sunday because of the weather forecast.

Although overcast clouds persisted throughout the day, the rain ultimately stayed away, which was a relief for the fair board and attendees.

Even with the threat of wet weather, the turnout was more than double what the fair board anticipated, according to Keith Drott of Stanton, a fair board member.

A total of 54 cars registered, Drott said, while the board had expected about 20 cars for the show’s first year.

“I was watching at the start (of the show) and the cars just kept coming and coming,” Orwig said. “It’s good to see this kind of support in just the first year.”

The variety of vehicles was also significant — the show was advertised as being open to “anything on wheels” — including muscle cars, modern and classic; motorcycles, old tractors and even an electric car owned by the Nebraska Public Power District.

Robert Dupsky of Stanton owned one of the 54 vehicles on display, bringing his white 1967 Ford Mustang.

Dupsky also said he thought the show was doing well in its first year and seemed to be a hit among the car owners in the area.

Drott said the turnout proved the car show was the right idea, and the board is already considering how they can improve upon it at next year’s fair.

“This is going to continue for the foreseeable future,” Drott said.

He said the board would work with others in the area to increase turnout even more and help make things better organized.

This year, changing things up was one of the central ideas of the fair. The fair board moved the dates up from its usual time and introduced the car show and a cornhole tournament. Events, such as the wine tasting, also were moved to new times.

Staples of the fair, including 4-H shows and the demolition derby, also took place over the weekend. Sunday was also the fair’s kids days, featuring a pedal pull and pony rides, among other fun activities.

The fair concluded by Sunday evening, and now preparation starts for next year’s fair.

“We’re always working to get more coming and staying,” Drott said.

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