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Keya Paha County Fair to feature tried and true favorites

August 11, 2018

NORDEN — Exhibits, live entertainment and fan-favorite games will help the winding down of summer for residents of Keya Paha County.

The Keya Paha County Fair — which runs from Friday, Aug. 17, through Sunday, Aug. 19 — will have all of the usual attractions that have made the event a success for many years.

In fact, 2018 will mark the fair’s 118th anniversary, according to James Ruther, president of the Keya Paha County Agriculture Society.

“Friday is entry day for exhibits, Saturday morning is judging and then Saturday night will be the first rodeo performance at 7:30. Saturday night will also have the fair dance with the Dylan Bloom Band,” Ruther said.

Admission is free Friday through Saturday morning, but there will be a charge at the gate beginning Saturday afternoon for the rodeo, he said.

“Sunday is a heck of a crowd, too. At 9:30 in the morning is the non-denominational church service, then shortly after we have pit-roasted sandwiches,” Ruther said.

Sunday afternoon will also feature kids games, horseshoes and other family entertainment.

“Last year, we had mutton bustin’ for the first time. We’re going to do that again this year. I think it really helped bring in a crowd, and they really enjoyed it,” Ruther said.

New to the fair this year will be a kids scavenger hunt at the fairgrounds right after church services.

Then, the rodeo is back on Sunday evening.

“I like a good rodeo, and of course I enjoy the (Saturday night) dance. We get a good crowd for both, so it will be a real good time,” he said.

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