Fair time in Johnstown

BROWN COUNTY will celebrate 80 years of fair over Labor Day weekend, starting Friday, Sept. 4.

JOHNSTOWN — The end of the 2018 county fair season is here.

The Brown County Fair, which traditionally is the last county fair in Northeast and North Central Nebraska, will again be held during Labor Day weekend, which coincidentally is the same as the last weekend of the Nebraska State Fair.

The fair takes place Saturday, Sept. 1, to Monday, Sept. 3, with Friday, Aug. 31, serving as entry day at the fairgrounds in Johnstown.

McWhorter Entertainment will provide a carnival from Saturday to Monday. Other fun planned for Saturday includes the horse show at 8 a.m., with family fun events for all ages at 2 p.m., a free barbecue at 5:30 p.m. and rodeo at 7:30 p.m.

Following the rodeo, Nashville recording artist SwitchBak will perform at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

On Sunday, there will be a horseshoe pitching tournament at 9 a.m., along with church services at 10:30 a.m. There will be another free barbecue at 11 a.m., followed by the rodeo at 1:30 p.m. and SwitchBak performing again at 9 p.m.

Labor Day events include a parade at 1 p.m., with the rodeo to follow. Also, junior barrel racing will take place after the rodeo.

During each of the three rodeos, special recognition will be given to past and current military personnel.

Dave Sherman is the fair board president. This is the 83rd year of the fair.

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