|Chase County Fair kicks off Saturday, ticket sales jump|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 09 August 2012 15:23|
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Chase County’s fairgrounds will buzz with activity next week as the 2012 version of the Fair & Expo kicks off Saturday, Aug. 11.
The first event of the fair features the 5th annual cattle dog trials, beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday in the rodeo arena.
The event was moved to the first weekend this year to better fit the schedule of the dog owners.
The annual 4-H horse show will highlight activities Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m.
The Hee Haw Lip Sync Contest scheduled for Sunday evening has been cancelled after a number of acts dropped out early this week.
Tuesday, Aug. 14
Tuesday kicks off with the 4-H dog and cat show along with entry day for 4-H, FFA exhibits and livestock, and open class exhibits.
There will be a 4-H, FFA and open livestock judging contest in the livestock barns at 4 p.m.
A ranch rodeo will be held in the arena, beginning at 5 p.m. This will be followed by a Barnyard Scramble for toddlers through age 12, beginning at 6 p.m. in the arena.
The ranch rodeo is filled with the maximum of 10 teams, according to coordinator Chance Skomp. It will feature teams of four on horseback competing against time in a variety of “ranch work” such as trailer loading, stray gathering and more. Cash prizes will go to the winners.
Wednesday, Aug. 15
Wednesday begins with the 4-H and FFA swine show in the show arena at 8 a.m., followed by the goat and sheep show at 11 a.m. The poultry and rabbit show is set for 2 p.m.
At noon, the largest expo in the tri-state area featuring farm equipment, vehicles, service companies, apparel and more opens at 12 noon through 7 p.m.
The 4-H exhibit building opens to the public at 12:30 p.m.
Activities in the arena begin at 3 p.m. with the mutton bustin’ for kids ages 5-7 who weigh no more than 60 lbs. The frozen t-shirt contest follows at 4 p.m., which is open to all ages.
There’s ice cream and pie available at 3 p.m. at the Hughes Farm Supply booth in the expo. From 5-7 p.m., there’s a bratwurst supper on the grounds outside the grandstand area to benefit the Mercy Meals program.
The carnival opens at 5 p.m. that afternoon and will run until 11 p.m.
A late addition to the activities to the fair include a bounce house and mechanical bull. The bounce house will open at 1 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, closing each day at 6 p.m. For $5, youngsters can gain access to the bounce house for the entire day.
The free Christian Family Show begins at 7 p.m. in the grandstand, featuring allison, casto & williams.
The evening wraps up with a square dance beginning at 8 p.m. in the open air pavilion.
Ticket sales up 15 percent
Ticket sales for the two grandstand shows got a 15 percent boost during the last week.
The Friday night show stands at nearly 36 percent while the Saturday night show is nearly 34 percent, according to ticket manager Larry Munger.
Friday night’s show features country performers Travis Tritt with special guest Hunter Hayes.
Saturday night’s show features two eras of rock music with former Bad Company lead singer Brian Howe, followed by Theory of a Deadman.
Munger said the ticket booth at the fair grounds opened Monday and will be open the rest of the week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be open throughout fair week next week.
Tickets are available at the window, by phone at 308-882-5260 or 800-472-FAIR (3247), or at www.chasecountyfair.com online.