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One of region’s oldest county fairs begins next week

August 3, 2018

BLOOMFIELD — The D.C. Lynch Shows will again offer carnival entertainment for the 135th annual Knox County Fair.

It takes place Thursday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 12, at the fairgrounds here.

The Knox County Ag Society is proud to note this is the 100th year of the fair in Bloomfield. Board members have planned a few extra special touches even though they work hard every year to offer state fair entertainment at county fair prices.

One new twist is a burger barn sponsored by the Knox County Cattlemen’s Association, which promotes Nebraska beef in schools, on Thursday.

It will precede the dedication of the Knox County Fair to Harold and Shirley Kehne and family of Creighton. This event will be followed by rough and tumble action of a Bull-A-Rama with a money purse awarded to the winner, which showcases a few local talents as well as several Nebraska and South Dakota bull riders.

Another new twist is a fireworks display after the bull riding, which is followed by a free open dance with music by Soundz Unlimited.

A horse show and 4-H and open class exhibits will begin filling the fair buildings on Wednesday afternoon, and 4-H BB gun and air rifle contests will be held in the afternoon along with the judging of Clover Kids exhibits.

More 4-H and FFA action continues with weighing and judging of 4-H and FFA livestock, including swine, beef, sheep and goats, on Thursday, Aug. 9. The cat show begins at 2:30 p.m. and the dog show is set for 4:30 p.m.

Livestock shows continue each day with the dairy show on Thursday, feeder calf show on Friday, rabbits, goats and sheep, all show on Saturday and finally on Sunday, there will be swine, poultry and large beef shows, including the traditional 4-H round robin contest.

On Friday, Ak-Sar-Ben farm awards and scholarships will be announced and followed with the evening entertainment of the Eli Young Band in the grandstand and later, Rude Band in the beer garden.

More 4-H judging continues with feeder calves and cow/calf pairs and livestock shows.

On Saturday, the lineup is full starting in the early afternoon with a Northeast tractor pull, BMX bike show, bingo, face painting and the Arch Allies at the grandstand, who will play a tribute to Journey, Styx, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Reo Speedwagon and Boston.

The Phil Vandel Band will perform in the beer garden to end activities.

The fair attractions continue on Sunday, with Outlaw Hot Rods Pullers Association exhibition, BMX bike show, kids’ pedal tractor pull, bingo and face painting, and midway fun and games.

One last twist that raised some eyebrows in the Knox County Ag Society is the addition of Impact Pro Wrestling, which will be putting on a performance in front of the grandstand starting at 4 p.m.

Soundz Unlimited will be back in the beer garden following the wrestling to close the fair.

The midway will be open each day with wristband specials and a strolling act will be entertaining in the Midway on Saturday and Sunday.

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