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Thomas County Fair in Nebraska brings focus on the family

Terri Licking

The Thomas County Fair brought the theme of “Celebrating Family” to Thedford, Neb., with 4-H, rodeo and more.

There were a few new events mixed in with the old. Friday had two performances of the rodeo organized by Tegwin Egle, owner of the Cowpoke Bar & Café at the fairgrounds, while in town had the Mid-Nebraska Pedal Tractor Pullers. Winners get a chance to pull at the state fair in Grand Island, with winners there allowed to go on to the National pull in September in Mitchell, S.D.

This year, 33 pullers ages 4-12 pulled pedal tractors. The youngest pullers also tried just pedaling.

On July 29, families went to the golf course for a supper of hamburger and hot dogs sponsored by the Masonic Lodge. The night ended with night golf or going back to the fairgrounds for rodeo, a beer garden and dance.

July 30 began with a fishing tourney or breakfast at the Life Center of biscuits and gravy. Three garage sales closeby also started early. The fair’s parade began at 11 a.m., with Amazing Grace Church’s float winning first place, State 4-H Camp earning second place and Thomas County Achievers garnering third.

This year, the family carrying out the fair’s theme the best in the parade won a special prize. The Wayne Licking family, showing six generations of ranching in Thomas County, won.

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The pedal pull, parade and kid-favorite turtle races were sponsored by the Service Club. Events moved out to the fairgrounds for kids' games and new events Nebraska Putt-Putt mini golf by Flaven Spanel and her family from Anselmo, Neb., and a sanctioned Nebraska Tractor Pull.

Prior to the donation-based barbecue, the band The Wildwoods entertained the crowd. The day ended with the tractor pullers pulling. A few locals even pitted their vehicles against each other.

The American Legion and auxiliary provided July 31’s breakfast of pancakes and ham before the church service. Nat Warren of Amazing Grace opened the joint service with a prayer. Pastor Ron Masten and some of his congregation did the programs and the music while Pastor Sunny Ridings gave the sermon on being in God's family, rounding out the fair’s family-based theme. ❖

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