Nemaha County Free Fair begins next weekend

The Nemaha County Fair is quickly approaching, with the fair dates being Thursday, July 28 to Monday, Aug. 1.

The fair will begin with a Horse Show at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 28, at the Horse Arena.

Friday’s events will include the entry of all open class and 4-H exhibits by 10 a.m., followed by the judging of all the exhibits in the Community Building and open class. All 4-H food exhibits will be sold to the public beginning at 9 a.m., with a Pork BBQ by the Pork Producers at 5:30 p.m. in the Livestock Arena. Come buy a decorated cake or mayor’s breadbasket that will be sold at 6 p.m. in the Show Arena. The Hog Show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will be Muttin’ Bustin’ at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Kraft Rodeo at 8 p.m. at the Horse Arena.

Saturday’s events include the Goat Show at 8:30 a.m., immediately followed by the Sheep Show, the Dairy Show at 10:30 a.m., and the Bucket Calf Show at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to participate in the Pie Baking Contest. All pies must be entered by 10 a.m. Categories include a one or two crust pie. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top two places in each category, as well as the top overall pie. From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be Carnival Games at Skoch Park. The 4-H Council will be having a BBQ at 5:30 p.m. at the Livestock Arena, and the Beef Show will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Nemaha County 4-H Ambassadors will be selling root beer floats that evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There will be Muttin’ Bustin’ and the Kraft Rodeo beginning at 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., respectively, at the Horse Arena. 

On Sunday, events include the 4-H Fashion Revue at the Community Building, beginning at 1:30 p.m. You don’t have to be a 4-Her to play the Barnyard Olympics an the Fairgrounds at 3 p.m. Throughout the day, there will be food trucks, and from noon to 4 p.m., enjoy the Carnival Games at Skoch Park. The annual parade begins at 6:30 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is “4-H is How We Roll.” Parade attendees will have the privilege of hearing the Topeka High Drum Line, but you can also come to the fairgrounds and enjoy their concert at 7:45 p.m. Team Penning will begin at 8 p.m. this year at the Horse Arena.

Monday’s activities are the Cat, Dog and Hand Pet Show at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Building, the Livestock Judging Contest at 9 a.m. in the Livestock Arena and the Round Robin Showmanship Contest at 1 p.m. also in the Livestock Arena. A family barbecue meal will be served by the Sabetha FFA Alumni at 5:30 p.m. at the Livestock Arena. Finally, the auction of the Commissioner’s Cookie Jars, Presentation of Livestock Judging and Round Robin Awards, and the Livestock Premium Auction will be held at 7 p.m. 

For food, the 4-H Council will have a concession stand open daily at 9:30 a.m. (except on Sunday when it will open at 10 a.m.) with a full menu in the Community Building. The Community Building will be open Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All 4-H and Open Class exhibits will be released at 3 p.m. on Monday. Come enjoy a weekend full of fair activities!

If you have any questions about the Nemaha County Fair, please contact the extension office located at 1500 Community Drive in Seneca, or see their website for all details and forms at


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