COLUMBUS – Area residents may just be recovering from this past weekend’s fourth of July festivities but there is another cause for celebration as the Platte County Fair starts Wednesday in Columbus.
The fair is set to take place at Ag Park from July 6th to Sunday, July 10th with two entertainment acts set to play for big crowds over the weekend. Starship featuring Mickey Thomas will perform Friday and David Nail will take the stage on Saturday with David Allan Byrnes and Levi Hummon sub-headlining.
Office Manager for the Platte County Fair Sara Middleton, says large crowds are expected throughout the week.
“We are expecting around 17,000 people, we try to go more and more each year,” says Middleton.
Other than the typical rides and games, there are plenty of 4-H activities to check out at Ag Park. Some events actually started on Friday with contestants in categories: photography and home environment, already receiving ribbons. Judges on Thursday will look at sheep, dogs and goats with the cows and poultry taking the stage on Friday.
Saturday includes a public fashion show at 1 p.m and a talent award show at 4 p.m. These events were in the mid-week in previous years but hopes are the new slot will allow for a larger crowd at the two showcases.
Sandwiched in between those two shows at 3:30 p.m. will be the Clover Kids ‘Show and Tell’ in which five to seven-year-olds can present an item from home.
“There might be a cat, there might be a rabbit, there might be a static exhibit which is something that doesn’t move, it might be something that they baked. Just whatever they have brought to the fair,” says Jill Goedeken.
Goedkeken also says the fair is wonderful chance for the attendees to stop by the 4-H shows and look at all the hard work the 4-H kids have done throughout the past 12 months.
“To really see what they’re learning and to see what they’ve been doing all year, this is the time the public can come out and see what it actually looks like. There is a misconception that 4-H is not a thriving program and yet in our county we have 100 new 4-H’ers this year,” says Goedeken.
For a full slate of 4-H events, check out their schedule: Fair Schedule 2016.