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Truly something for everyone at the Red Willow County Fair
Southwest Nebraska is blessed with an abundance of community activities -- just ask Regional Editor Connie Jo Discoe, who plots her schedule like a championship chess master in order to cover the maximum number of events in time for the deadlines.
McCook's Buffalo Commons Festival and Reunion 2010 already made this summer one to remember, but this week is like no other on the calendar.
No event is specifically designed to pull a "county" together like the annual event that bears the name "county" fair.
The traditional toasty weather seems to have arrived in time for Red Willow County's version, preparations and pre-fair events already in full swing.
But what would a carnival ride or cool drink be like without July summertime Southwest Nebraska weather?
We hear one booth created something requiring 14 gallons of milk, three hundred bananas, 1,500 ounces of yogurt and 90 pounds of strawberries.
Who was it? What is the treat? You'll have to visit the commercial building at the fair to find out.
There truly is "Something for Everyone" as the Red Willow County Fair advertises, and it starts Wednesday with the Colgate Country Showdown at 6:30 at Kiplinger Arena, and ends with the NSRA Rodeo at 8 p.m. Sunday.
In between, there's the Lil' Red Tractor Pedal Pull at the Kiplinger Arena at 6 p.m. and stock car races at 7:30 p.m. Thursday; a show-and-shine semi truck show at 3 p.m. Friday followed by the Monster Truck Show and semi parade at 7:30 p.m. Saturday starts out with the New Balance McCook Bison 5K Challenge at the Community Building at 9:15 a.m., mutton busting at 4 p.m. at the Kiplinger Arena, followed by the Chore Relay, and the first day of the NSRA Rodeo at 8 p.m.
Sunday starts off with Cowboy Church in the Kiplinger Arena at 10 a.m. followed by the draft horse competition at 12:30 p.m. and the rodeo at 8 p.m.
And don't forget to visit the commercial building, 4-H exhibits, open class, food booths, midway and many other attractions.