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(Neb)-County Fair Season Heating Up

By: John Axtell Posted at: 07/29/2017 03:02 PM
CHADRON - The Dawes County Fair has a full day today, even though there are only 2 events. That's because the 4-H performance horse show runs most of the day before giving way to a new event, Hog Wrestling, at 5:00 in the arena.

    Hog Wrestling replaces the professional tractor pull, which never reached the break-even point financially. Fair Board member Boone Hoffman thinks a twist will make the Dawes County Hog Wrestling stand out from other similar events in the area.

     Not only will competitors have to catch a pig, they'll also have to complete an obstacle course - which Hoffman says makes it a cross between traditional hog wrestling and another popular local event, the rubber check race. He's providing the pigs which he says "aren't little squealers."

     Hog Wrestling is also the first of the 4 events at this year's fair carrying a $5 admission fee. The Fair Board, officially the Agriculture Society, is selling $15 wristbands that cover admission to each.

     Tomorrow has the Dawes County Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 2:00...which is also the start time for Lawnmower Racing...and the Highway 20 Antique Tractor Association Tractor Pull at 4:00.

     To the east, today is the last full day of the Sheridan County Fair in Gordon. It's schedule includes the Fair Parade on Main Street at 10:00, the open rodeo at 1:00, and music tonight with headliner Stephanie Quayle - part of Rolling Stone magazine's 10 new country artists you need to know.

      A story-telling songwriter best known for Drinking With Dolly, Quayle to will perform at 8:30 while opening act Brandon Jones begins at 7:30.


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