Published On: Thu, Jul 20th, 2017

Cedar County Fair gets underway here Wednesday

HARTINGTON — The 2017 Cedar County Fair, which stretches across five days, will be filled with music, magic and memorable moments.
Besides the usual, grandstand concerts, rodeos, demolition derby, carnival rides and 4-H/FFA shows, the County Fair will also feature something new this year.
Visitors will be able to view the “Remembering Our Fallen” Veteran Memorial Exhibit Friday-Sunday during the Fair.
The patriotic exhibit will be open from noon-10 p.m., the last three days of the Fair, at the 4-H Static/Commercial Building.
The Ag Society Board had wanted to do something patriotic during the fair this year, according to Greg Heine, Ag Society President.
“Everyone on the Fair Board was 100 percent in favor of this. We wanted to do something patriotic in remembrance of those who fought and died for our country,” Heine said. “It will also be something educational for the kids. It is good for everyone to know “freedom isn’t free.”
Another new feature this year will be the aerial fly-over that will take place before and after the National Anthem Saturday evening.
Heine said he is expecting a large number of people to be at the Fair and for good size crowds to be at the variety of entertainment that is being offered this year.
“The ticket sales are looking good,” Heine said. “I am excited about the entertainment that is being offered.”
Heine and other Ag Society Board members appreciate all the people that help and support the Fair each year.
“The Cedar County Fair is put together by the many hours of help that is provided by all of the volunteers, use of equipment, financial donations and gifts,” Heine said. “Sponsors of the County Fair are in-county and out-of-county as well. We have had a great response when approaching people to be sponsors. It is very positive.”
The Cedar County Fair kicks off with a free hamburger feed at 6 p.m., Wednesday evening, July 19.  The event is made possible by CD Feedlot.
A flag-raising ceremony will take place by the grandstand at 7 p.m.
Entertainment for the evening includes a Ranch Rodeo, which starts immediately following the flag-raising. The Cedar County Talent Show is set for 7:30.
The big event on Thursday, July 20, will be the 18th annual Cedar County Rodeo which starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Rodeo always brings in a large number of people, according to Jim Specht, vice-president of the Ag Society.
“The bleachers are usually full or nearly full,” Specht said. “The Rodeo draws a crowd and contestants from at least a three-state area, which includes South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.”
The 4-H and Open Class Bucket Calf Show and the 4-H/FFA Dairy Show will be held in the show arena during the morning hours. The 4-H/FFA Poultry Show is set to start at 1 p.m., and the 4-H/FFA Rabbit Show starts at 3:30 p.m. Both shows will be in the small animal building.
In the afternoon, visitors can view the 4-H, school and open class exhibits.
A number of beautiful quilts will be on display in the quilt building starting at 2 p.m., Thursday. The quilt show will continue through Sunday.
Close to 35 quilts are usually on display at the quilt show, according to Carol Tramp, who helps with the show.
A new challenge has been issued by the Cedar County Piecemakers Quilting group.
“We are excited about this. Every year there is a different challenge for people who want to participate. This year it is for different holidays. Each person drew the holiday for their quilting project,” Tramp said. “People who stop in at the quilt building will be able to vote. The viewers will choose the winner for the prize.”
Kids as well as adults will have a good time when the carnival opens on the Midway at 5 p.m.
“Mac’s Amusement has been at the County Fair for the last several years. They always have a fair amount of rides and games,” Specht said. “Mac’s Amusement will be bringing in some new rides this year.”
Events at the Cedar County Fair start early on Friday, with a 4-H/FFA Beef Show slated to start at 8 a.m., which will be followed by the 4-H/FFA Sheep Show at 11 a.m. 4-H/FFA Goat Show is during the afternoon at 1 p.m. Commercial exhibits  will open at noon, Friday.
Visitors will want to head to the grandstand by 8 p.m., Friday evening to take in the Demolition Derby.
“The Demolition Derby is a crowd pleaser,” Specht said. “We usually have between 35-40 entries.”
Something new will take place this year during the Demolition Derby, according to Specht.
“The Corie & Casey Band will perform at intermission. After the Derby is over they will be playing again over by the beer garden,” he said. “It will include a variety of music from the 40s up to current time. The music is for any age.”
Events at the Fair start off Saturday, July 22, with the 4-H/FFA Swine Show at 7 a.m. The 4-H/FFA Light Horse Show at the rodeo arena starts off with the Trail Class at 8:30 a.m., and goes until 4:30 p.m.
Those who love the “Old Time Fiddlers” will be able to enjoy the lively music from 4-6 p.m., Saturday. Spectators won’t have to worry about the temperatures if it is hot day, as the open class building is air-conditioned.
All of the open class and exhibit buildings are airconditioned, except for the livestock barns, according to Heine.
Saturday evening entertainment includes the “Forgotten Highway,” which will open the concert for the “Brothers Osborne.” A concert by “Forgotten Highway” will close out the event.
The last day of the Cedar County Fair opens at 11 a.m., July 23, with livestock judging at the show arena. The buildings with the 4-H static, open class, school, quilt and commercial exhibits open at noon Sunday. Competition for the 4-H Round Robin will start at 1:30 p.m., in the show arena. The 4-H/FFA Livestock Premium recognition and static awards will be presented at 2:30 p.m., in the Open Class building.
Entries for the “Best Pie in the County” can be registered between noon and 1 p.m. A “Strolling Magic Act” will be strolling the fairgrounds from 2-4 p.m., Sunday afternoon.
Kids can stop in at the Commercial building for some fun with face painting from 2-6 p.m., or they can take part in the “Pedal Pull” at 3:30 p.m.
The FFA Ice Cream Social starts at 3 p.m., and goes until the ice cream is gone.
The recipients of the AK-SAR-BEN Awards will be honored at 5:30 p.m., in the open class building.
The Cedar County Fair will close out with a concert by “BlackHawk” at the grandstand Sunday evening, the last night of the fair.