August 3, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
Preparations are underway for one of the biggest events of the Antelope County Fair — the Sixth Annual Premium Auction.
The Antelope County Fair offers youth interested in agriculture the opportunity to learn, exhibit and compete with their 4-H or FFA sponsored livestock projects.
Businesses and individuals who support agriculture education in Antelope County and surrounding counties are invited to “Purchase” the animals.
Exhibitors keep the animals so they can go on to compete in state and regional fairs. The money donated is given to the “seller” to use for expenses incurred with raising the animal or to help pay for future livestock projects. All projects must be supervised by an FFA advisor or 4-H club leader. The sale will take place in the livestock show ring on Saturday, Aug. 6, beginning at 4 p.m. or after the beef show.
For more information about the sale, contact the following individuals: Alice Morrison (402) 843-8321, John Beckman (402) 843-6044, Chris Baum (402) 649-9875, Corey Curtis (402) 649-7172 or Stuart Vaughen (402) 368-7782.
Many Fair Activities
Tickets remain on sale at Dean’s Market in Elgin for the Jana Kramer concert which will be held Friday night, Aug. 5, in front of the grandstand in Neligh. The show will begin at 8 p.m.
The concert is just one of the activities during Fair Week (Aug. 2-7) in Neligh.
A schedule of events follows:
Tuesday, August 2
9 a.m. Dog Show
1 p.m. Cat Show
3 p.m. Small Pet Show
7 p.m. Ag Olympics
Wednesday, August 3
7:30 p.m. Team Penning
Thursday, August 4
1 p.m. Dairy Show
2:30 p.m. Horse Show
6:30 p.m. Livestock Judging
8 p.m. Mutton Bustin’
8 p.m. Bull Riding
Entertainment in the Beer Garden
Friday, August 5
8:30 a.m. Rabbit Show
11:30 a.m. Poultry Show/Small animal round robin contest to follow
4:30 p.m. Goat Show
5 p.m. Sheep Show
8 p.m. Jana Kramer Concert
County Road Band in the Beer Garden
Saturday, August 6
7-9 a.m. Pancake Feed (Farmer’s Pride)
8:30 a.m. Swine Show
11 a.m. Beef Show/Large animal round robin to follow
1:30 p.m. Horseshoe Pitching
4 p.m. Livestock Premium Auction
5 p.m. Barbecue
5 p.m. Tractor Parade
7 p.m. Demolition Derby
County Road Band in the Beer Garden
Sunday, August 7
7:30-11 a.m. Pancake Feed (Snider Memorial)
10 a.m. Open Horse Fun Day
12:30 p.m. 4-H Fashion Review
5 p.m. Truck and Tractor Pull
Beer Garden Open
For two hours on Thursday morning, Elgin residents will have the opportunity to learn more about the new swimming pool to be constructed in the coming months.
An open house will be held at City Hall, beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday and running til noon for persons to see plans for the new pool and have any of their questions answered.
The event marks the beginning of a busy few weeks regarding the new pool.
At the current time, bids are being sought for pool and general construction as well as pool mechanical construction. Contract documents have been prepared by Burbach Aquatics, Inc. and are available for examination at City Hall.
A pre-bid meeting will be held at City Hall on Thursday, July 28, beginning at 2 p.m. A Contractor Awareness Program will be presented during the meeting. Following that, those attending will be taken to the site to review soil borings. Contractors wishing to contribute labor or materials for the project should contact City Hall at this time. Sealed bids will be received at City Hall before 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 10. At that time, bids will be publicly opened and read aloud.
The Elgin City Council will consider the awarding of bids during a special meeting to be held Tuesday, Aug. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at City Hall.
In general, work on the new pool shall commence on Sept. 12 and be substantially completed and ready for owner occupancy by May 25, 2017, and be completed by December 5, 2017.
Donations continue from generous residents and former Elgin residents in support of the new pool.
New donors through last week include the United Methodist Church in Memory of Max Davis, Paul & Connie Beckman in Memory of Brad Beckman, Chris & Laurie Waterbury in Memory of Gale Schindler, Bryan & Paula Jensen, Rich & Donna Uhrenholdt, Patrick & Cheryl Veik and Sue (Payne) Mailhot.
The total amount raised through donations is now at $747,403.63
The Antelope County Sheriff’s Department, with help from the Nebraska State Patrol, arrested Stacy Colman, 44, Wednesday evening at a home in the 300 block of Pine Street. Sheriff Bob Moore said Colman was arrested for being in violation of the Sex Offender Registry Act, a Class 3A felony. Bond was set at $10,000 with a 10 percent provision. He is currently being held at the Antelope County Law Enforcement Center. Moore said other charges may be filed in connection with the incident. E-R photo
By Marie Meis
The day of the beef show at the Antelope County Fair can be considered one of my favorite days of the year. It starts off with pancakes and ends with the annual derby, a great day from start to finish. A lot of people from the area like to come down and watch the 4-Hers showcase what they have been working for, but many don’t realize how much work goes into showing animals at fair. I asked fellow 4-Hers Grace Henn and Nicole Beckman what it’s like to get their animals ready for fair, as well as horse superintendent Tim Hart.
Grace Henn has been showing chickens at the Antelope County Fair for about five or six years. It may not be a very large animal, but it is still a commitment to own an animal, especially for as long as she has been showing chickens. As she explains, “You have to feed and water them daily, collect the eggs, clean the chicken coop and put clean hay down.” For chicken showmanship, you have to have a lot of knowledge about the breed and know and be able to explain all the parts of the chicken. Henn recalls having to show chickens last year with a fake chicken, as the Avian Flu prevented chicken shows in Nebraska, “It should be more fun this year because we don’t have a fake chicken, we can actually show our chickens.”
Onto larger animals, Tim Hart has shown horses since he was in high school, and has helped his own kids show at the county fair as well. Hart says, “It takes a lot of patience and a little bit of know-how on how to handle horses.” He explains that to get a two year old horse ready to show, it can take six to eight months of working with it. There are many competitive classes for the horses to be entered in, and they all take training. You can do all of them, or just one of them, but no matter what, just owning a horse is a lot of commitment. He explains the reason for showing horses as, “Just the satisfaction of knowing that you worked with that animal and were able to get it to do things that it needed to do, it’s very satisfying in and of itself, not to mention the trophies they might get.”
Nicole Beckman has had a lot of experience showing animals as well. She has shown at the county fair for the past ten years and will be showing for the last time this year. She starts training her pigs about three to four weeks before fair, so they can perform their best in the show ring. “Showing pigs is much different than any other large animal at the fair because the pigs are free to roam around as they please,” commented Beckman. She explains having to guide them around the ring so the judge can see them, but not too close to the judge or the fence. Beckman also describes the commitment that comes with showing swine, “Not only do I train them by walking them, I also wash them, trim their hair, and have to monitor their weight.”
No matter what animal you bring to the fair, it takes hard work and commitment. Learning to train an animal is a very important skill, and can be very rewarding.
Beckman pointed out that it’s much more than getting that first place title, it’s about knowing that you put in the time and effort and can be proud of your animal. Tim Hart describes the relationship with horses, but I believe it applies to all show animals, “It’s not that it’s a pet, but they have a bond and a relationship with that animal.”