Ag Society Prepares for Winter Ball, Discusses Employee Raises

CUSTER COUNTY–The 4th Annual Ag Society Winter Ball is just a few short weeks away and the event was part of the discussion during the January 9 Ag Society meeting.

Events Coordinator/Administrator Michelle Nelson said Fly Over will be performing live music starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 25 and that the Winter Ball will also include silent and live auctions, a catered meal, raffles, and much more.

Tickets are available for $40 each of $360 per table. Auction items are still being accepted. Contact 308-870-2493 with any questions regarding the annual event.

As written in the minutes from the Ag Society’s January 5 Planning Workshop, the proceeds from this year’s winter ball will potentially go toward camper hook-ups and electrical upgrades.

Last week the Ag Society voted to raise the salaries of fairgrounds employees Michelle Nelson (Events Coordinator/Administrator) and Grounds Manager JJ Martin. Board members thanked Nelson and Martin for all they do for the fairgrounds with Steve Horn saying the board would be “in a world of hurt without them” and Becky Pearson saying she appreciates all of Martin’s initative to get things done.

The 2020 County Fair (scheduled for July 24-30) evening entertainment was discussed with board member Shawn Lehmkuhler saying the entertainment should be geared to the kids and families attending the fair versus drawing a large outside crowd by providing music and a beer garden.

Various opinions were expressed about last year’s mounted shooting and the possibilities of micro wrestling, live music, bull fighting, and a carnival as entertainment. The D.C. Lynch Carnival usually comes to the Custer County Fairgrounds during a different weekend in the summer and Marla Staulabaumer said the company does not wish to change dates nor does the 4-H Council. No decisions were made.

The board voted to send JJ Martin to the Nebraska Association of Fair Managers convention in Kearney January 24-26 to represent Custer County.

Martin said he is working on replacing wood in the stall barn and Michelle Nelson said a barrel race and team roping will take place this weekend. A vote to add Treasurer Ira Spanel to the bank signature cards was approved and the beef weigh-in will be February 1 at the Broken Bow Animal Hospital.