Scrap Metal

GUNNAR AND MATTHEW Nelson of Nelson perform in the musical collaboration Scrap Metal, made up of ’80s musicians. Scrap Metal will perform at the Platte County Fair in Columbus on Saturday, July 14, at 7 p.m.

COLUMBUS — The Platte County Fair is packed full of entertainment.

Slated for Wednesday through Sunday, July 11-15, at the Ag Park here, the fair will have a midway, food, 4-H exhibits, entertainment, open class and more.

On Thursday, M.W.A. professional wrestling is on tap. The doors open at 6 p.m., with the action beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show.

Then on Friday, the Nebraska Bush Pullers take center stage. Nebraska Bush Pullers was started in 1981. It continues to grow with more than 100 Nebraska members. From the spectacle of the multi-engine modified tractors to the unlimited super stock tractors, the Nebraska Bush Pullers has something for everyone.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the pull beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the show.

Music is the highlight of Saturday night. Scrap Metal will hit the stage beginning at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m.

Scrap Metal features Eric Martin, lead singer of Mr. Big; Stephen Percy, lead singer of RATT; Derek St. Holmes, vocalist for Ted Nugent; Mark Slaughter, lead singer of Slaughter; and Matthew and Gunner Nelson of Nelson. Special guest Hericane Alice also will perform.

Founded by Gunnar Nelson, Scrap Metal features top musicians from the 1980s that were very successful in their musical careers. Gunnar also came up with the name.

“There were some other ideas that were thrown around. I actually heard scrap metal as a punch line for a joke, back in the day. It stuck in my head,” he said. “That is what we all are. Fans and the band alike, we are all Scrap Metal. We are all pieces of patchwork. We are all the part of another time, and we are kind of defiant about that. We love it. We take what we love seriously, which is the music. In that way, we have everything in common with the fans.”

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show

Tickets for the entertainment are available online at or in person at the general office.

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