Fair Season Continues in the Northern Panhandle


      The Sheridan County Fair has ended, but Fair Season continues in the Northern Panhandle.

The Dawes and Sioux County Fairs have their biggest days ahead and KCSR begins live broadcasts from the Dawes County Fair today. 

      We’ll be there today through Thursday from 10:00-5:30 and on Friday from 10:00 till noon.. 

       The first part of the week is fairly quiet for the Sioux County Fair in Harrison with only the Small Animal and Poultry show today at 9:00 and the Open 4-H Horse Show tomorrow at 8:00.

      The Sioux County Fair is dark on Wednesday, then returns Thursday with Static Exhibit Day for both 4-H and Open Class at 9:00, the Junior King and Queen Contest at 3:00, and the Junior Rodeo at 4:00 before everybody relaxes with the Pie and Ice Cream Social at 6:30 in the Harrison City Park.

     The Dawes County Fair is checking in 4-H exhibits this morning at 8:30 with static exhibit interview judging from 9-1:00. Cake decorating is being judged this afternoon from 2-4:00, and there are stick horse races for ages 6-and-under from 2:30-4:00.

      The Youth Rodeo Gymkhana with 3 age groups takes over the arena at 5:00, the same time a 2-hour silent auction for the 4-H Creative Chef items begins in the 4-H Building. The live 4-H Cake and Pie Auction is at 5:30, back at the Arena

       5:30 also has an open 3-D Archery Shoot at the east end of the Race Track plus free popsicles from Nebraska Bank at the Grandstand.

     Yesterday, the Fair held induction ceremonies for the Dawes County Agricultural Hall of Fame, which also included the Good Neighbor Award, a Pioneer Farm Award, the Upper NIobrara White NRD Conservation Award, and the Fair Person of the Year Award.

     Officially going into the County Ag Hall of Fame were 5 individuals – Don Littrel, and couples Lance and Gwen Scherbarth and Bruce and Marie Wohlers. All belong to families with a long history of farming and ranching in Dawes County.

      Bruce and Marie Wohlers also received the Pioneer Farm Award or Century Farm Award from the Aksarben Foundation. It is presented to families who have owned their land for at least 100 years.

    The Dawes County Good Neighbor Awards, a local version of a discontinued statewide program, went to Howard and Teyre Felz, the Crawford Quilt Makers, Jim Moore of Whitney, Neal Soester, and Cogdill Feeds owner Willie Cogdill.

     The names of both groups had been released in advance, but not those of the other two awards.

        Presented with the NRD Conservation Award were Jim and Deb Lesmeister, who ranch northeast of Chadron off Slim Buttes Road, while auctioneer and real estate agent Bruce Schoeppner of Associated Brokers is the Fair Person of the Year.

      In another surprise, the Crawford Quilt Makers presented a Quilt of Valor to retired long-time Dawes County Agent/Nebraska Extension Educator Don Huls, who spent 30 years in the military, mostly in the Guard and Reserve, before retiring as a full colonel.

     You can find the full schedules for the Dawes County Fair on the announcements page at