By Tim Lincott, Managing Editor
The 2014 Perkins County Fair is in the books for another year and this year kept the momentum growing from previous years.
Debbie Kuenning, University of Nebraska Extension Educator, explained that there was an increase in overall entries to the fair this year.
In particular, the market goat and swine entries saw a significant increase compared to recent years with numbers in the beef category similar to recent years.
Kuenning said that over the last few years there has been an increase in poultry entries and static entries have been holding steady.
For the first time in three years there was enough interest to have a dog show, which Kuenning said went well.
“I look forward to growth in that area of the fair in years to come,” Kuenning said.
She was impressed this year with the amount of club booths at the fair.
“We saw more of an interest from clubs trying to attract members,” Kuenning said.
A film crew working on a feature called, ‘Community Matters,’ was filming on Thursday during the fair. Kuenning noted the film crew commented off-camera on the great attitude of people from Perkins County.
“They commented on how nice, humble and great people from here are,” Kuenning said, adding that the crew was also impressed with the commitment and focus of the youth with their projects. “They said the focus of the young people was incredible. I told them the parents just know what is important in raising good kids.”
It could be another month, according to Kuenning, before the film is complete.
The fair went off without any major hitches and work will soon begin on next year’s edition.
“I am really pleased with how the fair went,” Kuenning said. “We saw so much community support this year and it was just awesome.”
She said plans for next year will begin in the fall and there are some minor changes already planned to make things run a bit more efficiently.
She said if anyone has suggestions or concerns, to call her at the extension office or come to a 4-H Council meeting and call the extension to find out when those meetings will be scheduled.
Kuenning appreciated all of the support she received from the community this year for the fair.
“Everyone pulled together to make the fair a good experience. I just appreciate everything everyone did this year,” Kuenning said.