Preparations underway for Boone County Fair

New storage building under construction at fairgrounds.Final preparations are well underway for the 2008 Boone County Fair coming up July 19-24, and plenty of exciting action is in store for fairgoers this year.

The big new event this year will be the World of Outlaws Late Model Series races on Monday, July 21, at 6:30 p.m.

This popular national circuit will be making its first-ever Nebraska appearance at the Boone County Fair.

“We’re very excited about the World of Outlaws race,” said Chuck Rolf, fair board president. “We’ve had a tremendous amount of interest from both drivers and race fans.”

This race will be the final stop on the “Wild West” tour, and the top 12 to 15 points leader race teams are expected to go all out for the $10,000 purse.

The World of Outlaws race follows the fourth consecutive Boone County Fair appearance of the World Dirt Racing League (WDRL) on Sunday, July 20.

Also new to this year’s lineup will be a very unusual racing event, the School Bus Races, which are being held in conjunction with the Combine Demolition Derby on Wednesday night, July 23

The idea for the School Bus Races came from a brainstorming session of the fair board, and Rolf said the combined event has created plenty of interest.

“We’re anticipating as many as 15 to 20 buses in the race, and about the same number of combines as last year,” Rolf said.

In addition to racing, the headline entertainment attraction on Saturday night, July 19, will be the “Ricochet” concert followed by a dance to the music of “Cowboy Up.”

The annual Boone County Fair Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20.

Other evening attractions will include a free barbecue sponsored by Loup Power District, and the NLMRA Lawn Mower Races Tuesday night, July 22.

Grounds and Facilities

A new sanitary sewer system for the entire fairgrounds is now under construction. While the work will not be completed by fair time, there will not be any interruption in the sewer service there.

The “overhang” of the grandstand was being repainted early this week, and new lettering will be added at a later date.

Construction of a new storage room is also underway on the south side of the Casey’s building. This 30-by-24-foot addition will be used to store tables and chairs for the building.