Western Nebraska Observer - Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

By Barb Cross
The Observer 

Here's To A Week Of County Fairs

Banner County

 

August 11, 2022

Teresa Lockwood

FIRE RELIEF FUND SET UP A disaster relief fund has been established (see story, Page A6) to help victims of the Carter Canyon Wildfire that has consumed more than 15,000 acres. As of Tuesday, Aug. 9, the fire was reported to be contained but still burning. This photo was taken along Highway 71 near the Banner County line during the fire's early stages.

Good morning!

And here is to a week of county fairs and balloons in the air!

Hot again, but not quite into the three digits.

The Old West Balloon Fest started yesterday, August 10th, with a night glow out at WNCC and they continue Friday and Saturday with mass ascension events both days, 5:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Mitchell airfield.

On the 13th there will also be a craft fair and cornhole tournament in downtown Mitchell. The evening of the 13th the ballooners will finish up with a night glow at Five Rocks in Gering between 6 and 9:30 p.m.

On Thursday the 11th there will be the second annual Wine Walk between 4 and 7 p.m. in downtown Scottsbluff in conjunction with the Balloon Fest. Several business are involved with seven varieties of wine for you to sample.

Also on the 11th, there will be a demonstration of the basics of canning, dehydration and freezing of food in the Gering Library beginning at 6 p.m. More information is available at 436-7433.

If you happened to attend the fair exhibits in Mitchell this past week, you were able to see some examples of awesome canned goods for sure!

Other area fairs include Box Butte in Alliance ending the 13th – bbcofair.com for more information.

The one fair of most interest to many of us is the Kimball/Banner, which began the 8th and has sale day slated for Monday, August 15th.

There will be two PRCA rodeos, one on Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Other activities include mini bull riding, exhibits, competitions, calf catching, and free burgers on Sunday at 5 p.m.

More county fair fun may be found if you are in Chappell, Deuel County, Aug. 11-13.

Alliance will host the DISCover United Way Disc Golf Tournament at the Rolling Prairie Disc Golf Course on the 13th, http://www.uwwn.org.

August 15-21st the High Plains Riot will take place at the fair grounds in Mitchell. Motorcycles, rat rods, hot rods and customs will be cruising and performing. Call 308-641-3697.

Tuesday, August 16 & 17th the 2022 AgriBusiness Water Tour will begin by meeting at the Gering Civic Center and leaving at 7 a.m. The plan is to return the following day at approximately 5 p.m. Find out more by either calling 308-632-2133 or going to [email protected]

School will be starting here shortly and everyone is invited to an open house on the 16th beginning at 5:30 p.m. The first day of school for K-12 is on Thursday, August 18th.

This week is your last chance to enjoy performances at the Post Playhouse in Chadron. Tonight! – Thursday, August 11th at 8 p.m. – is "Something Rotten" and also at 2 p.m. on the 14th; "Desperate Measures" on the 12th at 2 p.m .; "Church Basement Ladies" on the 12th at 8 p.m; and on the 13th "The Sound of Music" at 2 p.m. and "Damn Yankees" at 8 p.m.

The Midwest Theater will play "Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris" August 12-14th. First two shows are at 7:30 p.m., third is at 1:30 p.m. Sure enjoy this theater, and the Goodhand in Kimball. Had fun there recently with some minions; hope you did too!

Take care until next time. Barb Cross at 436-7152.

 
 

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