|Itís time for the county fair|
|July 30, 2015 Jerry Purvis|
A time honored tradition returns this Saturday as the Mitchell Fairgrounds hosts the annual Scotts Bluff County Fair, started in Gering in 1887.
This yearís fair runs Aug. 1-8. Whether your interest is in the 4-H displays, fair food, carnival rides or live entertainment, the fair has you covered. Itís also a time to showcase the people, our rural character and our many agricultural traditions that have endured over the generations.
The fun starts on Saturday at 8 p.m. with a Mexican Fiesta. Music is provided by Cabalos Del Norte and Arrasadora Banda Universal. Tickets are $22 in advance or $25 at the gate.
FFA Alumni will be involved in a couple of the fairís really popular events on Tuesday, Aug. 4 with lawn mower races and a one-ton truck tug-of-war. Itís scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and tickets will only be sold at the gate.
There will also be a teen dance for 13-to-18-year-olds that evening in Sanford Hall from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Berean Gospel Music will be featured on the free events stage on Wednesday, Aug. 5 from 5-7 p.m.
And later that evening is another crowd pleaser, the Rubber Check Race. Not you standard relay race, it involves two horses, a four-wheeler, a wheel barrow and four team horses. You have to see it to believe it. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Reserve seating tickets are $12 and $15 at the gate.
The Heartland Truck and Tractor Pull is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 6 featuring seven divisions of great pulling action. Local stock starts pulling at 6 p.m. and the main event is at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate.
On Friday, Aug. 7 the County Ag Society hosts the Built Ford Tough Mud Bog. And for the first time this year, the event will feature motocross/ATV barrel racing. Thereís also an ATV race just for the kids and participants will receive a free carnival pass. The mud starts flying at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the gate.
Berean Gospel Music is back on the free events stage on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 5-7 p.m. Also that evening, the fair presents its showcase entertainment starting at 7 p.m. Forgotten Highway is the opening act, followed by country stars Sawyer Brown. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the gate.
Events scheduled for later include the Demolition Derby, coming up on Saturday, Aug. 22. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the gate.
And for people interested in all things knitting and related skills, the Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair is coming up at the fair on Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. Ė 5 p.m. Admission is $1.
Donít forget that throughout the day, there are 4-H and FFA displays and livestock shows, fair food, carnival rides and lots of things to do.
So come on out and help celebrate an important part of our communityís history as we honor our youth and our future. As the world continues to change, itís good to remember how we got here.
For more information, check the fair website at scottsbluffcountyfairgrounds.com.