CRETE, Neb. - With fair season rolling into the Cornhusker state, the residents of Saline County are ready to celebrate summer with the 2021 Saline County Fair.

The event will be held at the Saline County Fairgrounds, at Tuxedo Park in Crete. County Fair Board President Kent Musil says county fairs in Nebraska are unique and important because they spotlight work done by kids across the area.

"It's important for the kids," Musil said. "They've worked hard all year, and it's good for them to see how things turned out for the entire year." 

Contestants will be judged in contests of food, arts and crafts, livestock, and more. While the event was held last year, it was drastically different than its normal blowout.

"We had a limited event," Musil said. "Basically, kids came in, showed their livestock, got judged and loaded up and left."

While the Saline County Fair has all the usual attractions, such as livestock, rides, and fair food, it also features a number of live events, such as a demolition derby, rodeos, and live music, including a concert by country artist Tracy Byrd. These types of events bring business to towns like Crete, as people from all across the state attend.

"I think it makes a difference," Musil said. "We've got enough events out there that people want to come see, and also go through the exhibits."

With last years judging contests, and fair overall, limited in many ways, Musil said it means a lot to have things back to normal, especially for families of contest contestants.

"This way, grandparents, parents, friends, everybody can come out to the fair this year," Musil said. "Last year, we had just two people per exhibit."

The fair begins Wednesday, July 14, and goes through July 18.