38 Special

38 SPECIAL will perform at the Platte County Fair in Columbus on Saturday, July 13. Joining .38 Special will be Brian Howe of Bad Company and Fran Cosmo, formerly of Boston.

COLUMBUS — Classic rock lovers will enjoy this year’s Platte County Fair.

This year’s fair, set for July 10-14 at the Agricultural Park in Columbus — offers concerts, a tractor pull and a carnival.

Officially kicking off on Wednesday, July 10, the Platte County Fair exhibit hall opens, with an open class pie and ice cream social, as well as 4-H Clover Kid show and tell.

“We have the third largest fair exhibit in the State of Nebraska,” said Brian Palmer, general manager of the Ag Park. “Last year, we were close to 6,000 entries in our fair.”

The fair kicks up a notch on Thursday, with numerous activities planned, including a 4-H bicycle rodeo, family bingo and live music in the beer garden.

On Friday, story hour is planned in the morning, along with kids craft. In the evening, baby olympics is planned. Capping off the night is the Nebraska Bush Pullers, followed by Side Step performing in the grandstand.

During the early afternoon on Saturday, a number of children’s activities are planned. They are corn pit-implement lane, pee wee showmanship, kiddie tractor pull, stick horse jumping, boot kick contest and mutton busting.

There also is a “sensational salsa” contest and open class grand and reserve awards show.

In the grandstand Saturday, 38 Special, along with Brian Howe of Bad Company and Fran Cosmo, formerly of Boston, will perform.

“We have played in the country and rock world for our concerts, and I think we are catching our stride putting out a lot of quality rock music over the last couple of years,” Palmer said. “Between 38 Special, Boston and Bad Company, I am sure we will have an entire night of iconic rock songs that people between 25-75 can sing along to.”

The fair closes out on Sunday, with a worship service in the morning and a livestock sale in the afternoon.

Palmer said he’s excited about this year’s fair, and expects fair-goers will enjoy themselves.

“The whole line up is amazing and the feedback we have received this year has been amazing,” Palmer said.

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For ticket information for the tractor pull and concert, go to pcftickets.com.

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