Observations all along the line - Kimball & the Southern Panhandle First

Kimball Banner County Fair, New School Year Right Around The Corner

Holy Cow, August is here! The summer is sure flying for someone who is not having that much fun.

Wheat harvest here in Banner County has looked pretty good, and in Scotts Bluff County, and Kimball, it has looked good at least in places.

I recently road on a combine for a while and it sure was different than the last time I climbed those steps. There was no buddy seat and you had to drive. The cutting continues.

Here at home, school starts soon, and the staff is due to be back on the 14th. So soon.

There is a school board meeting on Monday, the 14th at 7:30 p.m. and the next commissioners meeting is on Tuesday, the 15th at 5:30 p.m.

Cheyenne Frontier Days is over for one more year and the Scotts Bluff County Fair is finishing up this week with the static shows and livestock shows, the Platte Valley Dirt Riders on the 3rd at 7 p.m., Uncle Kracker on Friday at 7 p.m., and the livestock sale and the rubber check race (7:30 p.m.) on Saturday. The carnival is up and running every night.

Things shut down there just in time for the Kimball/Banner County Fair with the kids getting animals and exhibits ready on the 8th. And on that evening, Aug. 8th at 8 p.m., there will be a PRCA Rodeo.

The exhibit hall opens the next day at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and on Thursday there is a Free BBQ, animals showing and a gymkhana at 5 p.m. On Friday, there will be the beef show, the FFA Old Timers Show, mini bull and mutton busting.

Saturday will be the stock auction, and that evening there will be a rubber check race. I attended the 3rd. annual rubber check race in Bridgeport last weekend and it got pretty exciting – a challenge between a horse, rider and big round bale!

Today, Thursday, August 3rd, the folks at the NPNRD are offering another Little’s Wild Workshop for youngsters ages 4 to 10 at 9 a.m. This will last for an hour and parents are welcome to stay.

That evening at the 18th Street Plaza from 6 to 9 p.m. Luke Mills and Taylor Hunnicutt will entertain you.

Also on the 3rd at the Sky View Drive-In, the movie “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” will play at 8:45. This one will run through August 6th. The Midwest had a free movie this past weekend, that I sure hope you were able to take in, or elsewhere if you get the chance. The “Sound of Freedom” is well worth your time. More Free movie time at the Midwest this weekend celebrating the 40th anniversary of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” on the 4th at 7:30 p.m.and on the 5th at 6:30 p.m. Then on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. they will show “Strange Brew,” also celebrating a 40th year anniversary.

On Wednesday, August 9th, the Gering Public Library will host a Build-A-Bot at 2 p.m. for ages 8 and up. Bot kits will be provided, and after the program they will be left at the library and made available for in-house use.

Here are a couple of Heads-UP! events happening next week:

There will be a Farmer’s Day Off Golf Tournament at the Riverside Golf Course and the Old West Balloon Fest will get underway with the Opening Night Glow ≠ Tonight, August 9th from 6 to 9 p.m. at WNCC.

Well have a great week and take care until the next time. Barb Cross at 436-7152.