PLATTSMOUTH - After the coronavirus pandemic forced a 4-H only fair in Cass County last year, the fair board is looking forward to a full schedule in 2021.
Steve Warga of Cassgram reports:
At this time this year, the fair board has the full schedule posted that matches the pre-Covid plans of the 2020 fair very closely. “The fair is going to go on as normal,” says fair board president Mark Rathe.
The financial picture remains the same. Contracts did not have to be paid last year and most of those have just carried forward to this year, says Rathe.
20 acres was added to the fairground property (on the southwest) last fall. County board chairman Dan Henry emphasized that purchase was a cooperative effort between the county and the ag society as both entities and the Nebraska Extension Service devise long-term facility needs. Rathe says dirt work is happening now to get that new ground usable for parking.
A good sign that things are getting back to normal this year is that Expo Building rental bookings for this spring and summer are numerous.
Rathe says there have not been any instructions given to the board about planning for or enforcing any directed health measures. He sums up the fair board approach: If someone is uncomfortable at the fair events, then don’t attend; If you are comfortable, please attend.
“Everybody’s ready to get out and not look back,” says Rathe. “We’ll just be smart about it.”
The fair is Aug. 11 – 14. The evening schedule includes bull riding, figure-8 racing and a dueling piano show.