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Thayer County Fair just around the corner

It’s almost time for the Thayer County Fair and the fair board and 4-H groups are getting ready to spruce up and set up stands and booths at the fairgrounds in Deshler. The board continues to have last minute meetings as fair dates Aug. 4-5-6 near, and 4-H students are quickly finishing up last minute adjustments on their projects.

Pre-fair contests begin this week as the fashion show and revue gets underway today, July 27. This Saturday, July 30, Thayer County 4-H clubs present the dog, cat and pet shows. All pre-fair shows take place at the agriculture hall.

A host of activities set the line-up for this year’s annual event including three nights of grandstand shows. Kicking off the evening entertainment Thursday, Aug. 4, is T-Marv & Hammer Down performing a mixture of country, rock, blues and southern rock from yesterday’s hits to the top 40 hits of today. The show begins at 8 p.m.

On Friday at 7 p.m., hypnotist Mike Prochnow will entertain everyone and even take under his control some of those in attendance. Kids ride wristbands and bikes will be given away during the Thursday and Friday shows.

Saturday’s grandstand show which begins at 7 p.m., (hot laps at 6 p.m.) will feature Sport Mods and trailer pull races. In the trailer races, contestants race by pulling any two-wheel trailer. For racing rules contact Toby Kruse at 515-231-5444 or Bob Dankenbring at 402-200-1323.

Besides the grandstand shows, each night is packed with special activities including the annual parade, Thayer County Pioneer Farm Family awards, log carving auction, teen dance and beer garden where Bourbon Street will perform Saturday night.

All this entertainment is rounded out with big rides and carnival games as Thomas D. Thomas Shows feature fun-filled action for all ages. Ride wristbands are available and anyone can purchase them prior to the fair at any bank in Thayer County.

As always, days will be filled with lots of 4-H action as county clubs bring plenty of talent to the fair. Animal competitions include the horse show on Thursday, Aug. 4; swine, rabbit, poultry, and beef shows on Friday, Aug. 5; and goat and sheep shows on Saturday, Aug. 6.  As always, small and large animal round robins and livestock judging contests will also take place Saturday afternoon.

For anyone who doesn’t participate in 4-H, open class competitions will take place Thursday, Aug. 4. Entry day is Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the agricultural hall on the fairgrounds.

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