Gage County Fair Attendance Tops 30,000

BEATRICE – The 2-thousand-17 Gage County Fair and Expo concluded Sunday night as fairgoers had one last chance to enjoy stock car racing, corn dogs, funnel cakes and a ride on the ferris wheel.

The five day event that began last Wednesday wrapped up Sunday evening with a five day attendance total of 30-thousand-71 people from 31 Nebraska counties, fourteen states and Canada.

Gage County Fairboard Treasurer Lisa Wiegand says fair officials were pleased with the annual event….

:14                  “rest of the nights”

This year fair officials decided to feature three nights of musical entertainment. Wiegand says the Friday night Sawyer Brown concert was a highlight of the fair….

:10                 “Sawyer Brown was awesome”

Attendance for Friday nights concert was a little over 16-hundred people. Saturday nights “Eve of Destruction” brought in over 35-hundred people. The Saturday grandstand event helped push total attendance for Saturday over 74-hundred.

Wiegand says participation numbers are still being calculated but fair officials are pleased with preliminary figures…

:20                     “to seeing those”

Wiegand says planning for next years fair starts immediately and encourages people to provide feedback about this years event…

:17                     “to raise your family”

Gage County Extension Educator Paul Hay says the weather played a big factor in the success of this years fair…

:33                  “that’s what its about”

Hay says all the livestock shows went well over the five day event. He says the fair is a great learning experience for the youth….

:29                     “experiences for kids”

Hay says his office will now begin preparations for the state fair which begins in late August in Grand Island.

Fair officials, 4-H members, F-F-A students and numerous volunteers will spend Monday cleaning up the fairgrounds.

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