VALENTINE — The Cherry County Fair kicks off next Wednesday at the county fairgrounds here, and features plenty of rodeo action among other attractions.
The fair will start Wednesday, Aug. 8, with some 4-H events and a “Best Dressed” pet contest at 6 p.m. After 4-H shows on Thursday, Aug. 9, there will be a parade Thursday starting at 7 p.m.
Rodeos will be held Friday and Saturday evenings, each starting at 7:30 p.m., and there will also be a ranch rodeo Sunday at noon, and there will be mutton busting on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday will have scavenger hunts, each with a different theme. Friday’s will be a 4-H themed and Saturday’s will be patriotic themed. The hunts will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the winner receives a $100 prize.
On Saturday night, the Sheila Greenland Band will perform from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Old Show Barn for the fair dance. Greenland, a Nebraska native, has released several albums and written more than 100 original songs. She has opened for artists including Brad Paisley.
A major event Saturday will be the turtle race on Saturday at 10 a.m. Kids are encouraged to find a turtle from around the area. The fair board asks that fairgoers not bring in snapping turtles, because of potential injury, or Blanding’s turtle, which are endangered. They also ask not to take turtles from the National Niobrara Scenic River.
While all the festivities are ongoing, there will also be a trade show throughout the day Friday and Saturday, with various local musicians and acts performing throughout the day.
The fair also features many 4-H shows and events, including livestock, goats, sheep, swine and dogs.
Other attractions include an art workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, a kids rodeo Saturday at 2 p.m., a watermelon feed Saturday at 6 p.m. and tractor pulls starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday.