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Colfax County gears up for fair

July 12, 2018

Leigh residents Don and Orma Tyser will be leading this year’s Colfax County Fair Parade as grand marshals.

The Tysers, parent of three daughters, said they were left speechless upon learning about their recognition.

They were selected by the Colfax County Agriculture Society because of their active involvement in the fair and the community throughout the years.

Orma has served as a 4-H leader donating her time to assist the fair’s Open Class Arts and Crafts exhibits for many years.

Don, a longtime agriculture instructor for Future Farmers of America, has helped prepare numerous students for livestock and static exhibits. He has also been involved in projects around the fairgrounds and helping with cleanup duties.

“I enjoy seeing the young people being able to exhibit all of their hard work that they’ve worked on throughout the year and then to see all the different competition that brings the whole county together,” Don said.

The parade, set for 4:30 p.m. July 22, is only a fraction of the excitement on tap in Leigh the week of July 18-22. Those dates are also when the 97th edition of the Colfax County Fair takes place in the small town.

“It’s the best family-friendly fair you’re going to ever find,” said Penny Janousek, secretary for the Colfax County Agricultural Society and business manager for Schuyler Community Schools.

The fair officers strive to bring in new entertainment annually and this year was no exception. The lineup features Midwest country rock band Dylan Bloom, ventriloquist Kevin Horner and country musician Phil Vandel.

Horner, who is also a comedian and magician, will be the first performer up on stage at 7:30 p.m. July 19. The band is scheduled to perform on July 21. Vandel will be making his appearance the next day in front of the grandstand at 6:30 p.m.

The fair officers also retained many of the event’s longtime traditions, such as the livestock exhibits, antique tractor ride and display, the frog races and the Nebraska Bush Pullers, a popular tractor pulling organization.

Janousek said year after year, one of the biggest hit of the fair is its livestock exhibits, which receive numerous entries annually. She said the judges have good things to say about the livestock they see during the fair each year, complimenting their high quality.

Attendees will be given firsthand glimpse at farm-raised horses, poultry, cows, rabbits and goats.

Janousek said there are activities for people of all ages to enjoy at the fair, such as the 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Run at 8 p.m. on July 21. Registration for the walk and run opens at 7:30 a.m.

On top of new faces taking the stage, fair officers will be adding the new Stock Dog Club presentation into this year’s schedule, set for 2:30 p.m. on July 21 in the horse arena. The show will be led by members of the Stock Dog Club of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis, which is an organization geared toward training dogs for the benefit of agriculture.

Attendees can watch dogs ages 3 months and older compete to move livestock in a timed obstacle course.

Admission is free but attendees can purchase $5 wristbands for free rides per night. People are encouraged to visit www.colfaxcountyfair.com to learn more about the fair and its event schedule.

Natasya Ong is a reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach her via email at natasya.ong@lee.net.

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