Published On: Thu, Jul 6th, 2017

Preparations are underway for Cedar County Fair

HARTINGTON — The Cedar County Agriculture Society has recently begun preparing the fair grounds for the Cedar County fair.
From now up until the day of the fair, the Ag Society will meet every week to finish the upgrades on the commercial building for the 4-H shows, remove the race track and prepare the bandstand for the Brothers Osborne and Blackhawk country groups.
Ag Society president Greg Heine said the organization has also booked up-and-coming country music band Forgotten Highway as an opening act for Brothers Osborne. He said he’s expecting over 3,000 people to show up for the concert due to the group’s recent popularity.
Brothers Osborne won the Country Music Association’s Vocal Duo of the Year award last year and their single “Stay a Little Longer” reached the number two spot on the Country Airplay chart in January 2016.
“We set a record crowd last year, and we’re hoping to break that with another record crowd this year,” Heine said.
Heine said the Ag Society is also working on tearing out the old race track, which will allow them to work on expanding the parking situation. He said the extra space will allow them to reconstruct the fair grounds, by far one of their largest projects this year.
“We’re really going to have a different-looking fair ground,” Heine said.
Heine said the renovations to the commercial building are almost complete and 4-H will begin installing their displays this week. The new building will include redone floors and the old lights will be replaced with LEDs, making the building much brighter and safer.
The fair will also feature a war memorial honoring all the Nebraska soldiers who have been killed in action since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Heine said the fair is fortunate and grateful to be able to host the memorial.
All in all, Heine said, the Ag Society will put in several hours of work this year to get the fair ready. He said the biggest challenge is being able to coordinate the efforts of everyone involved and being flexible with people’s schedules.
“It’s always a challenge getting everything done every year, but we’re pretty excited with where we’re at,” Heine said. “It always comes together in the end.”
Heine said the best part about putting a successful fair together is seeing former residents returning to Hartington. He said the Cedar County fair holds a special place with everyone in the area and the reaction it receives is always worth the hard work needed to pull it off.
“I’m just looking forward to a great event and a great week,” Heine said.