Fair just around the corner

The Nio. Co. Ext. Office and the Nio.Co.Fair Board are busy making the final preparations for the 2016 Niobrara County Fair, “Tails and Trails of Niobrara County”, which will be held from July 28th- August 5th at the Nio. Co. Fairgrounds.  This year’s edition of the Fair will feature some new events and activities, plus all of the past favorites.  Fair Books, Entry Forms and Fair schedules are now available at the Nio. Co. Ext. Office, the Nio. Chamber of Commerce Office, the Nio. Senior Center and the Lickety Stitch Quilt Shop.  Please get your copy and make plans to enter an item in the Fair, participate in a contest or two or just come and enjoy the many shows and activities.

The new events planned for this year’s Fair include the 5K Fun Color Run/Walk that will be held at 7:00 a.m. on Sat., July 29th.  Contestants must be re-registered by Fri. July 14th.  The cost is $25.00 and includes a t-shirt, bib and color packet.  Please call the Ext. Office at 334-3534 to enter or for more information.  A past favorite contest at Fair is returning this year- the Homemade Ice Cream Contest which will be held on Wed., August 2nd at 3.  Please refer to the Fair Book for entry information and rules.   A Youth Round Robin Showmanship Contest has been added that will feature the outstanding 4-H and FFA livestock showmen in all of the livestock species.  This contest will be held on Fri., August 4th at 2 p.m.  Two special classes are being offered this year to showcase the participant’s creativity.  The first contest is for you to enter your most creative display or item that best represents this year’s fair theme.  Your creativity is the limit!  We will also have a display of the Farm Girl Vintage Quilts made through the Lickety Stitch Quilt Shop.  This is a display class only and will highlight this fun project that many of our local residents participated in.  Please refer to the Fair Book for more information on these fun classes. Returning popular Fair events include the Stray Gathering on Fri., July 28th, the Eastern Wyo. Ranch Rodeo on Sat., July 29th, the Gymkhana on Sun., July 30th, the 4-H Horse Show and 4-H Style Revue on Mon., July 31st, the 4-H Dog Show, the Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, the Lawn Mower Races and the Niobrara Roping Club Team Roping on Tues., August 1st, the Youth Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Rabbit, and Swine Shows on Wed., August 2nd, the Pancake Breakfast, Youth Beef Show, Junior Livestock Sale and the Pet Show on Thurs., August 3rd and the Cupcake Decorating Contest, Parade and the Ag Olympics on Fri., August 4th.  The Parade committee invites and encourages any and all individuals, organizations and businesses to participate in the parade.  Line up for the parade will be held at the blue buildings on Main Street at 4:30 on Fri. with the parade starting promptly at 5.  Entries are currently being accepted for the annual Ag Olympics Contest.  Get your team organized and entered in this event that is fun for all ages of participants and spectators.    Please see the Fair Book and Schedule for complete information on each of these events. Booth spaces for Agriculture, Homemakers Clubs and General categories are available for organizations to highlight their projects and their accomplishments.  To reserve a booth space please call the Ext. Office.  The Hay Bale Decorating Contest returns for the 2nd year with each participant decorating a giant round bale to depict the fair theme.  If you would like to decorate a bale, please call the Ext. Office and reserve your bale now!  The Exhibit Hall will be open for viewing on Wed. afternoon and all day and evening on Thurs. and Fri..  The various barns featuring 4-H and FFA livestock exhibits will be open Tues. through Fri. for visitors.  

Breakfasts and lunches will be served Mon. through Fri.at the Fairgrounds by members of the Nio. Co. Homemakers Clubs and the members of the Nio.Co. Search and Rescue.  The meals are delicious and will feature a daily special plus homemade pie each and every day.  Then plan to stay at the Fairgrounds for supper as there will be free barbeques for fair goers on Tues.through Fri. evenings served by several local volunteers including the Lusk Alliance Church, Wavy 7 Livestock, Harmony Masonic Lodge 24, Pontarolo Construction, Hiway Super Service, Clark and Associates, the Insurance Corner, Ranchers Feed and Supply, NEA and the Nio. Co. Cattlewomen. 

 With participation by each and every resident of Nio. Co. in some aspect of the Nio. Co.Fair, this year’s Fair promises to be outstanding.  We’ll see YOU at the Fair!    

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