BROKEN BOW–The Custer County Fair begins this week and runs From July 29 to August 4. Fairground administrator Michelle Nelson said the first fair with cattle shows was held in 1921 and the first quality book was published in 1887.
Long-standing traditions continue next week with all your favorite events, including 4-H shows, cattle judging, live music, bull riding, and more.
Event organizers appeared on the Get Up and Go Breakfast Show to highlight the week’s festivities and thank the community and tourism board for their decades-long sponsorship and support of kids 4-H.
“We are grateful to all the volunteers who help us organize all of these events and carry on the tradition,” said Travis Schauda.
The fair kicked off with the annual 4-H Public Fashion Show on Thursday, July 21 with the theme “Roaring 20s.” The Style Jury and Garment Build contestants showed off their designs and the Tail Twisters 4-H Club had the honor of decorating and hosting the fashion show because they won the most purple ribbons in modeling at last year’s fair. Clothing will be on display in the 4-H building during the Custer County Fair.
Custer County Extension Staff Denise Daake told KCNI/KBBN that this year’s show will see 2,665 show entries among 369 4-H exhibitors. 4-H Entry Days will take place this Wednesday, July 27 and Saturday, July 30.
Activities for 4-H Events include clothing construction, dog show, shooting sports, feeding, gardening, cut flowers, art and science, woodworking, team roping, ranch riding , goat, sheep, beef, pig, horses, small animals, etc.
The schedule also includes several evening events such as the Custer County Parade in downtown Broken Bow at 6 p.m. Saturday July 30 followed by Casey Donahew concert at 8 p.m. at the exhibition center. William Beckmann will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15 for grandstands, $20 for VIPs (day of the show, price is $20 and $25). There will also be a beer garden open until 1am with music by Tazy Scott.
Sunday July 31 will present the Christian Concert with Dan Evans on trumpet and Kristen Gibbs on harp at 7 p.m. at Broken Bow United Methodist Church. Pastor Bob Winn heard the two siblings/entertainers perform at a wedding and wanted to bring them to Custer County.
“It was beautiful music they made together and I’m very excited about it,” Pastor Winn told KCNI/KBBN.
Seating is first come first served for a voluntary offer to see musical guests who will be traveling from Austin, TX. Pastor Winn thanked all of the community businesses that helped offset travel expenses for the musical duo and their 94-year-old mother who will play the piano.
monday august 1st is the annual Tuffy Winberg Memorial Free Pit BBQ from 5:30-7 p.m. Jami Anderson and Matt Thomas said the 50+ year annual event is made possible with the help of 150 volunteers. They thanked Myers Construction and Paulsen for replacing the barbecue pits and for the wood donated by Markham Construction.
The wood will burn on Sunday evening and 1,600 pounds of meat will be cooked on Monday morning to be served with beans, fries, water/tea and DQ Dilly bars. Anderson and Thomas expect to serve between 2,500 and 3,000 meals. Take-out meals will be available.
After the barbecue monday august 1st is the 24th annual Custer County Bull Riding Classic. Travis Schauda said he was proud to be part of the event and every year the organizers try to sprinkle in new specialty acts. The bulls are the real stars of the show, but Schauda said he’s grateful to the bull riders — some who rode the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), some locals and many in between. The first 32 entries are accepted for the bull riding classic and there is also a waiting list. Tickets are required for admission and can be purchased at various businesses in town, including the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce.
The rest of the week includes the Ultimate Bull Fighters freestyle bullfights on Tuesday August 2; Ax throwing Wednesday August 3 5-8pm sponsored by Murphy Tractor of North Platte (styrofoam axles available for children) followed by the Teen Dance.
The 4-H and FFA cattle auction will be held on Thursday August 4 at 7 p.m.
Additionally, trade booths, concessions, watermelon food, and Open Class and 4-H exhibits will be on display throughout the week.
KCNI/KBBN will video stream the dog show Friday night via the SandhillsExpress.com Facebook page and YouTube. Stay tuned for 4-H interviews, the parade broadcast, video coverage throughout the fair from the Farm Credit Services indoor arena, and a live radio broadcast of the livestock auction on KCNI on Thursday, August 4.
See the flyer above for this week’s schedule of events and/or call the Custer County Fairgrounds Extension Office at 872-6831 or Custer County Fairgrounds Board Members with any questions.
Click here to view the Custer County Fairgrounds Facebook page.